Maria Palmieri has a B.A. in dance, a diploma from LCD ( London Contemporary School) and a Master Degree from Laban Center. She has a broad Salsa background training different styles with International Masters : Cuban with teachers from Teatro Nacional de Havana, New York at Eddie Torres Studio and Santo Rico, Puerto Rican with Chacha Seguinot in Puerto Rico, LA style, Cali -Colombia at Swing Latino Dance School and also learned Tango in Buenos Aires. She has taught Salsa workshops in Switzerland and London and has performed in London, New York and Brazil and also participated in various Salsa International Congress: UK, Paris, Zurich, LA, New York, Puerto Rico and Rome. She has been teaching since 1999 at Bishopsgate Institute and also several other locations as a guest or running and promoting her own Club, classes, Corporate Events, Weddings, Private lessons…
She teaches Cuban Salsa, L.A., La Rueda de Casino, Son Cubano, Mambo, Cha cha, Merengue, New York style, Bachata and Samba.
Besides teaching group lessons, for many years, she has also taught several private lessons: having taught, choregraphed and performed.. Read more…
Mike Anthony brings to salsa an exceptional, dedicated amalgamation of dancing on 1 and 2; bursting with immense energy. His enthusiasm and attention to detail inspires all. For over 10 years Mike has taught students and performed in the UK and internationally doing what he loves most. Mike encourages a positive mindset and knows how to quickly build rapport with students and help build their confidence. Mike’s infectious laughter brings fun and warmth to his classes whilst providing positive feedback and and encouragement .
Anna has started training in ballroom dancing in 1997, but has soon discovered that her true passion lies with Salsa. ‘It is a much less restrictive dance, that allows each person to develop own style and express their personality. Having completed teachers’ training with Salsa Tropical Anna is keen to pass on her knowledge and enthusiasm to students. ‘I would like everyone to experience the energy and joie-de-vivre that is the essence of Salsa.’
Sydney joined the Salsa Tropical teaching team after undergoing teacher training with Salsa Tropical. He is of Jamaican roots and grew up in a musical family who influenced his passion for playing instruments from a young age…his talent for the drums becoming evident at about age 7. He took up keyboards and bass guitar and has played many live gigs in the UK and the Caribbean. He also spent many years in music production in his own recording studios.
During the last several years Sydney has become completely obsessed with Latin culture and its music…especially Salsa! He describes himself as a ‘Salsa Addict’ and specialises in the LA On1 style.
From the Sardinian Island Italy, Valeria, who has an infinite passion and joy to share with you in the name of salsa!
A little about her, she begun to dance at the early age of 8 with the classic dances in couples to the Latin American sparkling steps.
Then completely fall in love with the Cuban salsa a traditional and hearty dance.
Her dedication helped her to spend the last brilliant 15 years doing the most amazing thing which is doing what she loves, from workshops with recognized masters in Italy and Spain to unique travels and discovers of something that she defines unique.
Well then now she is sharing all this sparkling joy and passion with you at the Tropical School here she will be teaching the art of dance.
Dominic aka “Joe Blaq” first discovered salsa back in 1999 where it was the only dance form that had him hooked. After 6 years of learning throughout the UK he was offered the opportunity to instruct and has never looked back. He was placed 1st in the Tropicana Tropics World Open Salsa Championship (Ama Division) 2003, has performed with a team of dancers at the 2005 UK salsa congress, placed as runner up @ the UK salsa congress 2007. Since then he has performed at the Scandinavian Salsa Congress 2009 in Sweden; as part of a team at one of the New York Salsa Congresses and instructed for many salsa promoters within the UK.
Sean has been dancing since the late 1990s, has had On1 and On2 training with Salsa Tropical and around the world including Spain the US and Latin America. He is proficient in Cuban and Colombian Salsa; performing in dance troupes and competitions, appearing all over the UK. In addition Sean is has had many years experience teaching several styles of the Dominican dance Bachata. A respected member of the dance community; he has taught people of all ages from school children to octogenarians and is always happy to give advice to students, usually with a big smile on his face. Sean is a big fan of Latin American music from the classic salsa of the 1960s right up to brand new tracks released today. With a great enthusiasm for dancing, he can often been seen at many clubs and outdoor street parties in London and the rest of the UK.
Nadia started to dance at the early age of 4 years old. She dedicated her childhood to rythmique gymnastics and continue her dance education training for over 8 years jazz, contemporary, ballet and funky/hip hop. Few years ago she was introduced to Latin dances and fell in love with sensual bachata. Since then, Nadia has been performing for several bachata companies and competing for the World Latin Cup in the bachata teams category. She has been instructed by the creators of the sensual bachata Korke and Judith and travelled around the world to train with the best international teachers in the different bachata disciplines sensual, fusion, modern and Dominican/traditional. Nadia loves to share her passion for bachata and has developed a very unique style and approach, focusing on fundamentals, technique and styling taught in an enjoyable and fun way.
Ariadna Silva Chavez from Colombia is a trained dancer in many forms, in 2016 she completed her dance foundation degree at metropolitan university training in dances such as African, Caribbean, Hip hop and contemporary. She is currently studying dance performance at Middlesex University training in many styles of contemporary and ballet. She also works professionally as a belly dancer in many locations in central London.
Ariadna coming from a Colombian background has always danced salsa and any Latin dances socially. However, her salsa / ladies styling training journey started in 2016 where she joined a performance team and has been training ever since. She is currently part of our ladies styling student team, where she is delighted to carry on her journey and her training with the amazing salsa tropical.
Naomi first discovered a variety of Latin American dances through Zumba. She has studied at University one module: Dance Movement Psychotherapy.Naomi was a student of Ballroom & Latin for two years (2013 to 2015). She studied Waltz, Vienese Waltz, Argentinian Tango, Modern Tango, Swing, Bolero, Samba, Salsa, Fox Trot, Cha Cha and Rumba at Arthur Murray.
In 2016, Naomi was introduced to Rueda de Casino, and has been dancing this style of Salsa to this date. Naomi has also completed Salsa Teachers Training with Salsa Tropical. Naomi has also undertaken Cuban Salsa training with Salsa Tropical, and hopes to be teaching this style in the future.
Naomi has a positive mindset, likes to build confidence in her students, see students improve their dance, and see them flourish.
Sara’s first glimpse into the world of salsa came from the start of a two month trip to Cuba and Central America. The trip then turned into an 18 month journey of discovery of all things dance! Stumbling across a Salsa class in Guatemala turned into taking masterclasses in Colombia, attending salsa festivals Cuba and taking courses in a number of other styles including rumba, bachata and kizomba.
Now back in the UK, Sara is currently undertaking teacher training with Salsa Tropical in the styles of Cross Body and Cuban Salsa and is very excited to see what the future holds for her as a dancer and teacher!