Salsa Bristol is one of the longest running Salsa dance schools in the South West region. Over the 8+ years we have been running, we have had students from all walks of life and of all ages – besides running our weekly classes, parties, and special events, we have taught at charity events, primary schools (including children and adults with special needs), and even Red Arrows pilots! Salsa Bristol's founder, Wayne, recognised how daunting it can be to go from a beginners level, to “improvers” – as a result, we were one of the first to bring in “jumpers” lessons to bridge the gap between these dance levels.
Wayne started dancing salsa in 2006.
Not being the fastest learner he found it hard as a beginner to learn the turn patterns, keep the timing, lead the leads and think about what move to lead next without putting in 10 or 20 mambos first.
He decided that so many others must struggle in a similar way that a new method could be taught in the form of weekly courses as opposed to drop-in classes. Having given much thought to this and realising that this wasn't being done elsewhere (certainly not in the South West) he spent the next 18 months travelling the West Country trying different teachers and learning not just what works but also learning what doesn't work so well! This concept soon became popular and several companies have tried to copy a similar format, without the same success!
Clare had already been dancing since she was a young girl before she joined Salsa Bristol in around 2010.
She progressed quickly, joining the team as a teaching assistant and eventually making her way to the "top" as head teacher, taking beginners and jumpers classes at our weekly events and teaching at Salsa Bristol's monthly parties at Fry's. Clare also teaches private lessons for individuals, school children, parties and other functions.
In 2009 Andy had a sudden urge to have a go at dancing, and after finding an advert for Salsa Bristol, he went along to check it out.
He ended up helping out and soon his responsibilities increased to the point where he was helping to run Salsa Bristol.
You will usually find him behind the desk at South Bristol, and at Fry's where you may also see him wielding a camera, taking the photos that end up on the Salsa Bristol web site, and on Facebook.
His other duties include keeping the web site up to date, setting up at South Bristol and Fry's.
Bill is well known on the local dance circuit and has been coming to Salsa Bristol for many years.
He is a valuable member of the team, and assists Clare with classes at Fry's, and South Bristol. He also helps with setting up at various events and stepping in where ever he is needed.
Alex Fright and Hannah Levick have been instructing together for the Salsa Bristol dance company since 2013. They have an infectious energy and a genuine care for all their students, and it shows in their teaching.