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Salsa Bristol is one of the South West region's longest-running Salsa and Latin dance schools. Over the 16 years we have been running, we have had students from all walks of life and ages (from 18 to 70s!). 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 recognised how daunting it could 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 and ClareWayne 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 fans 150x150pxClare has been dancing since she was a young girl before joining Salsa Bristol in around 2010.

She progressed quickly, joining the team as a teaching assistant and eventually making her way to the "top" as the lead 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.


AndyIn 2009 Andy had a sudden urge to have a go at dancing, and after finding an advert for Salsa Bristol, which was just down the road from him, he went along to check it out.

Before he knew it, he started lending a hand and soon became one of the team. Over time, his responsibilities increased to the point where he was helping to run Salsa Bristol. Andy is now the longest-serving team member of Salsa Bristol.

You will often find him behind the desk at South Bristol and at our various events, where you may also see him wielding a camera, taking the photos that end up on the Salsa Bristol website and Facebook.

His other duties include keeping the website up to date and setting up at South Bristol and events.


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