Salsa Music, Emotions and Movement

Nicola Lambert, my partner, has been running TNT since my resignation in 2015. Once a month, Nicola invites new students to our apartment to listen to, think about and discuss Salsa music; we believe that all new students should be exposed to Salsa music and have Salsa music demystified as soon as possible. We do… Read more »

The Declining Middle Class of Salsa

I spend time analysing the local and global Salsa scene to identify new trends and opportunities. One observation is the increasing gap between inexperienced and experienced Salsa dancers. Watching the US presidential race Bernie Sanders repeatedly talked about the declining middle class, which I think is a great way for framing what I see in… Read more »

PSS: Building up to the Perfect Social

I have been involved in Salsa events and organisation for the past 8 years. I do not work in Salsa for money but for the excitement and the joy of bringing people together. I do not find much enjoyment in doing the same thing over and over again for too long and I am always… Read more »

The #ThinkingDancers Salsa Initiative

Over the years I have tried strange and controversial ideas in Salsa; as someone who works in Salsa, I feel it is important to take risks and try things beyond the norm. In 2017, I will be launching the #ThinkingDancers Salsa initiative in order to propagate ideas on what Salsa is and could be. In… Read more »

2016

All things considered, 2016 was a fantastic year in Salsa for me. Without the day to day management of TNT (my first full year of zero involvement), I had more time to explore, improve and grow in Salsa. Here are my highlights for the year: Congress Attended In 2016, I attended the following Salsa Congresses:… Read more »

A Dark Day for London Salsa

My blog was created to share my opinions about Salsa and to give knowledge to those newer in their Salsa journey. On Monday 24th October 2016, two promoters in London launched one of the most shocking and negative campaigns I have ever witnessed during my 12 years of dancing Salsa. This campaign was littered with… Read more »

The Falling Pound and Salsa

I have been dancing Salsa in London for 12 years now and over the past 8 years, I have been a teacher, promoter, event organiser and general Salsa educator. On Thursday 23rd June 46.5 million citizens cast their vote in the UK Referendum on whether the UK leaves or stays in the EU – this… Read more »

Opportunistic Leading

Many dancers have asked me where I find the time to think about the patterns that I lead; especially given the speed that I can lead. The answer is that I do not think about what moves I will lead next but use Opportunistic Leading. This blog describes the concept of Opportunistic Leading, why I prefer… Read more »

What, Why and When of Salsa

The world of Salsa has changed remarkably over the last decade; from the number of people that dance, to the number of teachers and more importantly the awareness of Salsa as a dance activity.  Ask your colleagues or family members about Salsa dancing and you will get an opinion. However, as Salsa has grown the teaching… Read more »

My Performance Courses

In my blogs, I am quite vocal against the proliferation of Salsa Performance Courses and the impact they have on up and coming dancers and the future of the scene. Some of my previous blogs about Performance Courses can be read here: Performance Courses – gives my perspective on the pros and cons associated with taking one… Read more »

Latest
  • Empathetic Leader

    A lot of people have asked me to explain how I lead in Salsa; and more often than not it is not what I do but how and why I lead certain moves. I have been dancing Salsa for 13 years and refining my understanding of the leading and following dynamic. In the spirit of… Read more »

  • Reboot

    I have retired from public teaching but still dedicate more than 10 hours a week to train those who (I hope) will be the next generation of Salsa instructors. For the most part I work with new TNT students who are recommended to me by Nicola Lambert, owner of TNT Dance, but sometimes I get approached… Read more »

  • Statements of Change

    After 13 years within the Salsa community I have attended hundreds of classes from a wide range of teachers. Though these classes have been extremely useful in building my vocabulary as a dancer it was often the things that was said to me personally that changed the direction of my dancing and had a larger impact…. Read more »

  • A Response to La Epoca (Part 1)

    On Saturday 14th May 2011 TNT Dance Hosted the second ever Salseology Live Music Social and we wanted to do something slightly different. Instead of having a regular classes to kick start the night we decided to show a movie about Salsa, La Epoca. This movie was recommended to me by a friend and was… Read more »

  • Generation Performer

    This article is about a subset of dancers that seem to be appearing all over the world and growing in numbers. I collectively refer to these dancers as Generation Performers. In this article I will describe the genesis, symptoms and the long term effects of being a member of Generation Performer. DISCLAIMER: With all my articles, I am sharing… Read more »

  • Seeing Through My Eyes

    There are many ways to learn how to dance Salsa. For those that are new to Salsa, I would always recommend joining a school or learning from a single instructor in order to get their foundations built. Once the foundations are put in place it is time to explore other schools and instructors to refine and increase your Salsa knowledge…. Read more »