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 »

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  • Salsa Ronin

    Over the past few years I have talked to many people (at all stages of their journey) in order to improve my knowledge about the motives of people who stay in and thrive in Salsa. For the majority of people their introduction is through one of the many Salsa sub-communities; these can be built around a promoter, a club, a Salsa… Read more »

  • Building a Salsa School

    Thousands of people worldwide have experienced the music, connection and hypnotic state that blows the world away and leaves us with the feeling of amazement. As such the Salsa scene is growing with new dancers becoming teachers and picking up the torch as leaders. However, as a street dance there is no institution from which… Read more »

  • 2015 A Salsa Year in Review

    Salsa is a key part of my life and has been since I started over 10 years ago. Here are my highlights for 2015: January Without a doubt the highlight of the month for me was going to the Romanian National Congress in Brasov; it was a 3 hour flight from London to Bucharest followed… Read more »

  • Preservationist and Evolution

    I have not blogged in a while as I am writing a book on my experiences in Salsa but a recent series of comments regarding to Kizomba (and on my Facebook wall) really hit home. The comments were not new and have been around a while and been applied to Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba and I am sure other… Read more »

  • London Salsa Events

    London Salsa Events will soon be two years old and with over 500 events listed and over 4,000 visitors a month I wanted to tell the story of why and how this project came about and why I feel that it is one of the most significant projects in London Salsa. Origins A little under… Read more »

  • Joel Dominguez and Shani Talmor at Club Cache

    For the past five years I have been turning to online content to find inspiration from those that are geographically far but have lessons to teach. Although I believe that the London scene is home to many creative dancers after a while you need new input from new places. I do not watch Salsa shows which… Read more »