I started my Salsa journey in 2004 while running around the country as an IT consultant. I was on a project in Manchester and went for dinner and to watch football at the Copacabana. There were too many women so the instructor quickly convinced me to help out in class and instantly made loads of friends and joined a ready made and friendly community. A further year in Manchester, Liverpool and other cities around the UK and I finally returned home to London.
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt
I became increasingly obsessed and spent every evening in one Salsa club or another. I spent time with Salsateca and London Salsa at first with instructors like Miguel Montiero, Frank Santos, Newton Brown and Lee Wright before taking my first steps towards the performance stage with Laith Sami. Under Laith Sami, I grew in confidence and performed at various venues throughout London including Bar Rez, Bar Salsa and the Scala Bank Holiday all nighter. A further year later I sought out Irene Miguel and her Mambo Lifestyle. This was my introduction to the emerging style of Salsa in London known as NY Style (Crossbody On2), followed by further performances at Bar Salsa, Scala, the MamboCity 5* Congress, an international performance at the 2nd Turkish International Salsa Festival and finally at the Great British Salsa Experience in 2008.
After which, I returned to London-Salsa as a teacher before Founding TNT Dance with Tina Stamou and since then have been increasingly more involved in the Salsa scene:
- Teaching for UK promoters and schools including the LDA, Caramelo, Latin Collective at Scala, El Grande, CitySalsa and Salsateca.
- Managing Salseology (a 13 piece Salsa dura band)
- Organising workshops with international guest instructors
- Putting together www.LondonSalsaEvents.com