4-Week Dance Courses

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At Caramelo we teach a variety of Latin dance forms, such as Crossbody Salsa, Bachata, Cha Cha Cha, NY Mambo On2, Pachanga, Styling, as well as Samba de Gafieira and Brazilian Zouk. Use the menu on the right to find out more about dance classes of each style and our recommendations for each level.

Each course takes place over a 4-week period, 1 hour class per week. Multiple courses to be taken within the same 4-week/1 month period by the same registrant.

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Salsa Classes at Caramelo:

All dance classes are taught in a  4-Week structured & progressive course format.  Courses start on the FIRST Wednesday and Thursday of the Month

Salsa dancing is completely inclusive and is suitable for anyone regardless of age, or level of ability.

So much more than just dance classes, Salsa is a great way to stay fit, meet new people, make friends, challenge yourself and discover a passion you did not know you had! Work on your balance, coordination, fitness levels and fluidity of movement - all while having fun! Salsa classes can give you the confidence you need, as well as help you break the routine and escape the hectic lifestyle of today. Salsa dancing is an extremely popular and effective way to relieve stress and improve your emotional well-being. Our students often tell us how their lives have positively changed since discovering Salsa!

Aside from the physical execise, Latin dance is a great way to develop new social relationships. In Latin America, Salsa dancing is a massive part of the culture and its social life. Through Salsa dancing people find their self-expression, develop their creativity and embark on an exciting journey of self-discovery through partner dancing.

 

Caramelo Salsa classes cater to dancers at all levels, from Beginner to Advanced. Have a look below for more information on the course levels and what you will learn at each stage. 

Join us on Wednesday and Thursday evenings for your weekly dose of Latin partner dancing. Read on to find out what we teach in each course level!

 

Click the links on the top right for the timetable and registration.
  

See a sample Salsa class routine and what you can expect to learn below:

Shaan and Haroula -  Salsa On1 Workshop

 

Caramelo students - 3rd Place at Salsa Convention Berlin 2014 Competition:

 

Also, have a look at our videos page for some more sample routines and performances.

 

 

Salsa - Beginners 1 Course

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Welcome to your first steps, literally, into Salsa dancing. Whether you have no experience at all or have taken a couple of Salsa classes, this beginner's course is perfect for you.

Taught with patience and encouragement, you will learn the timing & rhythm of Salsa, the core basic steps & turns in Salsa, the foundation of the cross-body in NY-Style Salsa and the basic principles of leading and following in partner dancing.

For those who feel they have 'two left feet', you will discover that you do have a right foot after all!

 

Prerequisite: None - no dance experience necessary!

Combine this course with: Bachata, Cha Cha Cha.

At the end of the course your instructor will advise you when you are ready to move up to the next level

 

 

Salsa - Improvers 1 Course

caramelo_latin_dance_salsa_classesNow that we got you dancing, you will re-cap the basics in Salsa Beginners 1 classes. We will turn our attention to partner-work, focusing on the cross-body lead, right turn and cross-body turn variations with emphasis on creating various basic turn-pattern combinations and adding styling for the followers. Timing and rhythm will be built-up and encouraged.

 

Prerequisite: Completion of Salsa Beginners 1 or equivalent experience. Individual evaluations available upon request.

Recommendation: We advise you do this course level twice.

Combine this course with: Bachata, Ladies Styling Improvers, Cha Cha Cha.

At the end of the course your instructor will advise you when you are ready to move up to the next level

 

 

Salsa - Improvers 2 Course

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Re-capping and expanding upon Salsa Improvers 1, we will re-visit cross-body turns, right turns and introduce you to more advanced variations of the cross-body turn to increase your repertoire of turn-pattern combinations. There will be a focus on spinning, wraps, footwork shines, as well as tips & styling for the follower in partner-work.

By now, you will feel assured and confident when hitting the dance floor!

 

Prerequisite: Mastering of Salsa clases at Improver 1 level or equivalent experience. Individual evaluations available upon request.

Recommendation: We advise you do this level 2 to 3 times.

Combine this course with: Bachata, Ladies Styling Improvers, Cha Cha Cha, Men's Styling.

At the end of the course your instructor will advise you when you are ready to move up to the next level  

 

 

Salsa - Intermediate 1 Course

caramelo_latin_Dance_salsa_Classes_2Re-capping and expanding upon Salsa Improvers 2, you will be reminded of the "dos & don'ts" of dance floor etiquette. We will cover intricate travelling-turns and the more advanced technique of 'open-breaks'.

We'll also introduce you to double spins and incorporate multiple spins into partner-work combinations.

Good leading and following techniques in partner-work are worked upon, with following and styling tips incorporated into every new turn-pattern combination.

Precision in technique, footwork, posture and balance will be encouraged.

 

Prerequisite: Mastering of Salsa Improvers 2 or equivalent experience. Individual evaluations available upon request.

Recommendation: We advise you do this level 4 to 5 times.

Combine this course with: Bachata, Men's Styling, Ladies Styling, Cha Cha Cha, Mambo on2.

At the end of the course your instructor will advise you when you are ready to move up to the next level

 

 

Salsa - Intermediate 2 Course


Caramelo_Latin_Dance_Salsa_ClassesRe-capping and expanding upon Salsa Intermediate 1, we will teach you how to build your own turn patterns using good technique, involving a light lead, clear signaling, speed and timing, as well using all 8 counts in footwork and partner-work.

Followers will learn to respond quickly to more advanced techniques so as to remain light, mastering double spins, improving good posture and adding ladies arm-styling.

By this stage, whether you are a leader or follower, you will be confident to dance with a variety of dancers!

 

Prerequisite: Mastering of Salsa Intermediate 1 or equivalent experience. Individual evaluations available upon request.

Recommendation: We advise you do this level 4 to 6 times.

Combine this course with: Cha Cha Cha, Men's Styling, Ladies Styling, Bachata, Mambo on2.

At the end of the course your instructor will advise you when you are ready to move up to the next level

 

 

Salsa - Advanced Course


caramelo_latin_dance_salsa_workshop berlin_2014Congratulations for mastering all of the Salsa levels and for continuing and exploring your passion for Salsa dancing. With all the techniques under your belt, in our weekly advanced classes we will encourage you to include elements such as musicality, body movement isolations, spinning variations, improvisation in partner-work and footwork.

This level is tailored for you master all the techniques needed to be considered "advanced", such as syncopations, multiple-turns and intricate leading & following techniques and turn-patterns. We will also encourage you to create and improvise your own patterns and footwork. A high level of creative turn-pattern combinations, technique & speed, multiple spinning, arm-styling and partner connection will help you dance with confidence with an array of dancers, whether at your local salsa club or at salsa festivals in the world. All topped off with the most important aspect of this social dance... a smile!

 

Prerequisite: Mastering of Salsa Intermediate 3 classes or equivalent experience. This level has a compulsory evaluation to enter. Evaluations available upon request.

Recommendation: We advise you to do this forever! ☺

Combine this course with: Cha Cha Cha, Men's Styling, Ladies Styling, Bachata, Mambo on2.

At the end of the course your instructor will advise you when you are ready to move up to the next level

 
 
 
 

Bachata Classes at Caramelo:

All dance classes are taught in a  4-Week structured & progressive course format.  Courses start on the FIRST Wednesday and Thursday of the Month

 

Gus_Grace_Bachata_Caramelo_Latin_DanceBachata is a beautifully sensual partner dance, hugely popular with dancers worldwide. It is a form of music and dance that originated in the countryside and rural marginal neighbourhoods of the Dominican Republic. Its subjects are usually romantic; especially prevalent are tales of heartbreak and sadness. Bachata grew out of - and is still closely related to - the pan Latin-American romantic style called bolero. Over time, it has been influenced by merengue - a fast paced danceable music also native to the Dominican Republic - and by a variety of Latin American guitar styles.
 
Bachata has roots very similar to Argentine Tango–meaning it has a rather risqué background: much the way Tango was born in the bordellos of Argentina, Bachata came of age in Dominican "houses of the night". That's the short explanation, of course, but it goes a long ways in terms of explaining the lyrics of the music and the mood of the dance. As with many Afro-Caribbean dances, it can feature showy footwork, or it can be danced in a very intimate closed hold. In most cases the music is slower and simpler than salsa, although that doesn't mean it can't be just as flavourful.
 

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Today, Bachata is known worldwide. Music from classic artists like Joan Soriano, Luis Vargas, and Anthony Santos, as well as they modern counterparts like Romeo Santos, Andy Andy, and Prince Royce can be found on Amazon or ITunes.

Just as the music has gained popularity and recognition, the Bachata dance has left the rural countryside of the Dominican Republic to reach places like New York City, Paris, Madrid, Sydney and Tokyo.

 

At Caramelo we are proud to have some of the most accomplished Bachata instructors in UK. Take a course with the UK's 2012 Bachata Stars Champions Gus and Grace or the bachata guru Dorian Sharples and Ovgu Adatas, a 2013 Bachata Stars Champion. Learn from the best at Caramelo Latin Dance!
 
Join us on Wednesday and Thursday evenings for your weekly dose of Latin partner dancing.
 
 
To get a better idea of what Bachata looks like, check out our latest Student Team Bachata Show

 

 

Bachata 1 - Beginners

Learn the seductive dance from the Dominican Republic - BACHATA! In this course, you will learn all the fundamentals of the very sexy Bachata dance including footwork, rhythm & timing, leading and following techniques, learning the basic Bachata hip movement & steps. We will incorporate all these elements into basic turns and several beginner partner-work combinations.

At the end of the course you will have learned enough material to make you feel like going to a Bachata club that same night.

 

Prerequisite: None - no dance experience necessary!

Recommendation: We advise you do this level 1 to 2 times.

Combine this course with: Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Men's Styling, Ladies Styling. Mambo on2.

At the end of the course your instructor will advise you when you are ready to move up to the next level

 

 

Bachata 2 - Improvers

Bachata Classes Dorian Caramelo Latin DanceBuilding on the basics you learned in the Beginners level this course will take you through the next step in the Bachata foundations with the intro into body movement and more intricate turn patterns with your partner as well as new footwork for your shines.

 

Prerequisite: Mastering of Bachata Beginners or equivalent experience. Individual evaluations available upon request.

Recommendation: We advise you do this level 4 to 6 times.

Combine this course with: Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Men's Styling, Ladies Styling. Mambo on2.

At the end of the course your instructor will advise you when you are ready to move up to the next level

 

 

Bachata 3 - Intermediate

Re-capping and expanding upon the Improvers level you will learn the skilful aspects of body movement in Bachata. Leading & following techniques and musicality of this sensual and romantic dance will be emphasized. Also shown will be the differences the various styles of Bachata, such as Moderna, Sensual and Dominican.

New partner-work combinations will be introduced each week with a focus on body rhythm, styling and execution. We will also encourage students on developing musicality and learning how and where to add dips and close holds, as well as hit the musical accents to spice up the dance.

 

Prerequisite: Mastering of Bachata Improvers or equivalent experience. Individual evaluations available upon request.

Recommendation: We advise you do this level 6 to 8 times.

Combine this course with: Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Men's Styling, Ladies Styling. Mambo on2.

At the end of the course your instructor will advise you when you are ready to move up to the next level

 

 

Bachata 4 - Advanced

ovgu_bachata_caramelo_latin_danceMastering and expanding upon Bachata Intermediate level, we will encourage you to be more expressive with your movements and the sensuality in Bachata by adding different dance fusions to Bachata.

 

Have you taken Bachata lessons to an intermediate / advanced level and been dancing in the clubs but want more of a challenge and some new movements? Then this course is for you! We will build on what you already know by adding new body isolations, turns and countless variations. Our body movement drills will help you add that sexiness that is needed to make this dance look effortless.

 

Prerequisite: Mastering of Bachata 3 or equivalent experience. Evaluations to join this level are mandatory.

Recommendation: We advise you do this level forever! ☺

Combine this course with: Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Men's Styling, Ladies Styling. Mambo on2.

 

 

 

 

 

Cha Cha Cha classes at Caramelo:

All dance classes are taught in a  4-Week structured & progressive course format.  Courses start on the FIRST Wednesday and Thursday of the Month

 

Learn to sway your hips to the Latin rhythm that is Cha Cha Cha! This fun-filled, action-packed, syncopated-step dance will give you the confidence to express yourself on the dance floor and beyond
 
 

Caramelo Cha Cha Boogaloo Student Team

1st Place Winners at Salsa Convention Berlin 2014 Competition

 

Sample Cha Cha Cha Routine and Footwork Taught During the 4wk Courses

 

Cha Cha Cha 1 - Beginners

If you have never done Cha Cha before, have done a little Cha Cha or even Ballroom Cha Cha, then this course is perfect for you. We will teach you the basics of this syncopated-step dance, which will improve your Salsa timing and most importantly help you become light on your feet.

The course will cover what we call the "core drill combo's", a series of step combinations and simple partner-work that will help to understand the rhythm and timing. What might seem difficult in the beginning will become very easy!

 

Prerequisite: None - no dance experience necessary!

Recommendation: We advise you do this level 1 to 2 times.

Combine this course with: Salsa, Mambo on2, Men's Styling, Ladies Styling. Bachata.

At the end of the course your instructor will advise you when you are ready to move up to the next level

 

Cha Cha Cha 2 - Improvers / Intermediate

Building upon the "core drill" steps and basic partner-work, we will highlight the differences between the more advanced dance movements to the Cha Cha rhythm and timing.

You will learn more challenging partner-work and footwork sequences, focusing on becoming more comfortable with keeping the timing. Elements of beautiful Cha Cha arm-styling and body movements will be encouraged. This will help develop your co-ordination and footwork speed to a high intermediate level.

 

Prerequisite: Mastering of Cha Cha 1 or equivalent experience. Individual evaluations available upon request.

Recommendation: We advise you do this level 6 to 8 times.

Combine this course with: Salsa, Mambo on2, Men's Styling, Ladies Styling. Bachata.

At the end of the course your instructor will advise you when you are ready to move up to the next level

 

Cha Cha Cha 3 - Advanced

Now the real fun and creativity begins! Together, we will show you how creative Cha Cha can be compared to other Latin dances. Special focus will be applied to playful musicality and improvisation in partner connection.

Bringing together all these elements and more will give you the encouragement to hit the dance floor with confidence to connect with music and express yourself. All topped off with a big joyous smile!

 

Prerequisite: Mastering of Cha Cha 2 or equivalent experience. This level has a compulsory evaluation to enter. Evaluations available upon request.

Recommendation: We advise you to do this forever! ☺

Combine this course with: Salsa, Mambo on2, Men's Styling, Ladies Styling, Bachata.

At the end of the course your instructor will advise you when you are ready to move up to the next level

 

 

NY Mambo (NY Salsa on2) Classes at Caramelo:

All dance classes are taught in a  4-Week structured & progressive course format.  Courses start on the FIRST Wednesday and Thursday of the Month

 

When Swing and Cuban music came together it created a fascinating rhythm and in turn created a new sensational dance - The Mambo!

 

The Mambo could not have been conceived earlier since up to that time, the Cuban rhythms and American Jazz were still not wedded. The "Mambo" dance is attributed to Perez Prado who introduced it at La Tropicana night-club in Havana in 1943. Since then other great Latin American band leaders have achieved styles of their own and furthered the Mambo craze.

 

In the United States it first appeared in New York's Park Plaza Ballroom - a favourite hangout of enthusiastic dancers from Harlem. The Mambo gained its excitement in 1947 at the Palladium and other renowned places such as The China Doll, Havana Madrid and Birdland.

 

The modern Mambo dance from New York was popularised in the 70s by Eddie Torres and his contemporaries who were the Post-Palladium or "second generation" of Mambo dancers who kept Mambo alive and inspired thousands of NY Mambo dancers whose numbers are continuously growing. Eddie Torres is a New York dancer and Mambo fanatic who has become the leading exponent of the style and has taught the world to dance the Mambo once again. Eddie Torres is known as the "Mambo King" but he is also known as "el maestro de los maestros" because most New York Mambo and Salsa dance instructors and performers have learned from him. 

 

Caramelo instructors have have trained in Eddie Torres style mambo, spending time in NY and attending Eddie's clases, as well as travel regularly to various international events where they continue taking his workshops. Eddie is a living legend of Mambo and Salsa and it is an honour to carry on and share the amazing dance style he created. The Mambo today is as hot as it was in the '50's with many influences, such as African, Cuban, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Modern dance.... you'll never run out of steps!

 

The modernized Mambo will look very similar to Salsa on1 at first glance. However, as you grow your understanding of the unique Mambo timing, you will find the style has a very different dynamics to Salsa. It is smooth, jazzy, elegant and a more sophisticated way of interpreting Salsa music. Unlike Salsa on1, NY Mambo is danced on2 and is a very stylized dance, with emphasis on intricate footwork, longer and more complex turn patterns, beautiful hand and arm movements, flow and smooth body isolations. However, the Mambo can also be vibrant and energetic depending on the music choice.

 

See a sample Mambo routine taught by Shaan at the Salsa Convention Berlin:

 
And this is a great example of the smooth NY Mambo - Shaan & Aiste performing in Athens at the Todo Latino Salsa Congress

 

Read all about what you will learn in the different course levels below: 

 

Intro / Transition to Mambo - Beginners

NY Mambo Classes at Caramelo Latin DanceThis course is ideal for Salsa dancers who are at an intermediate level or higher and are comfortable with their Salsa timing. You can also take this course if you are brand new to Latin dancing and only wish to learn Mambo on2 rhythm and dance style.

You will learn the basic steps, partner-work, stepping on the "2" and the movements in Mambo. Also, we will help you identify the instruments used in the music, like the conga and clave, to make you more comfortable with the Mambo rhythm.

 

Prerequisite: No dance experience necessary, but being of Salsa Intermediate 2 level or equivalent experience helps.

Recommendation: We advise you do this level 1 to 2 times.

Combine this course with: Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Men's Styling, Ladies Styling. Bachata. 

At the end of the course your instructor will advise you when you are ready to move up to the next level

 

Mambo 2 - Improver / Intermediate

Re-capping and expanding upon Intro/Transition to Mambo, we will focus on rhythm, timing and spinning/turning preparations in Mambo. This will be covered in both intricate but manageable footwork and partner-work.

Combining all these aspects will give a greater knowledge and appreciation of the distinct differences when dancing Mambo from Salsa, especially with how it will apply to your Cross-body turns, spinning and styling. All this will lead to smooth partner-work with styling to enable you to have fun on the dance floor.

 

Prerequisite: Mastering of Intro / Transition to Mambo course or equivalent experience. Individual evaluations available upon request.

Recommendation: We advise you do this level 6 to 8 times.

Combine this course with: Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Men's Styling, Ladies Styling. Bachata.

At the end of the course your instructor will advise you when you are ready to move up to the next level

 

Mambo 3 - Advanced

NY Mambo Classes at Caramelo Latin DanceWith good knowledge and application of Mambo techniques and rhythm, we will show how to add musicality, body movements and arm-styling to the latest partner-work combinations and sizzling footwork shines from our internationally acclaimed instructors.

Our instructors have trained in Eddie Torres style Mambo, as well as with some of top Mambo teams in the world, such as Santo Rico, Karisma and Yamulee. We will not only share our passion, vast experience and knowledge, but what our contemporaries teach at the latest Salsa congresses and festivals around the world!

 

Prerequisite: Mastering of Mambo 2 or equivalent experience. Individual evaluations available upon request.

Recommendation: We advise you do this forever too! ☺

Combine this course with: Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Men's Styling, Ladies Styling. Bachata.

At the end of the course your instructor will advise you when you are ready to move up to the next level

 

 

 

 

 

Salsa Spinning Technique and Shines course at Caramelo:

All dance classes are taught in a  4-Week structured & progressive course format.  Courses start on the FIRST Wednesday and Thursday of the Month.

 

Spinning Technique & Shines (Taught on selected months, please check the current time table)

 

This course will focus on the key aspects of spinning such as spotting, balance, timing, coordination, posture, correct feet and body positioning.

Additionally you will will go through a number of stylish footwork patterns to complement the spinning elements.

 

Prerequisite: Improver level minimum is required for this course

Recommendation: We advise you do this course 2 to 3 times.

Combine this course with: Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Mambo On2, Men's Styling, Ladies Styling, Bachata. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salsa Styling Classes at Caramelo

All dance classes are taught in a  4-Week structured & progressive course format.  Courses start on the FIRST Wednesday and Thursday of the Month

Men Styling and Ladies Styling courses provide an excellent opportunity to focus on technique, body mechanics, your own individual style and creative interpretation of Latin music.
 
 

Ladies Styling Classes

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Want to add elegance, sabor (flavour), beautiful arm-styling, sensuality and grace to your dancing? Then this is the course for you! Learn how to also add body-rolls, good posture, hip movements and musicality to your solo shines and within the partner-work.

 

We will cover and drill movements / techniques to encourage you to incorporate arm & hand-styling. Our techniques will help to improve your balance, add styling within turns, cross-body lead variations and in open stance. Learn to incorporate styling without interfering as a follower and learn how to make your dancing look fresh, fun and musical no matter who you are dancing with or what song you are dancing to. Bring out the femininity and playfulness of Salsa and Latin dancing.

 

This is a confidence building, women-only course. We offer this course at two levels: Ladies Styling Improvers and Ladies Styling Intermediate / Advanced. The Ladies Styling courses are taught to Salsa music and On1.

 

Prerequisites: 

 

For Ladies Styling Improvers you need to be at the Salsa Improver  level at a minimum.

 

For Ladies Styling Intermediate / Advanced level you need to have a minimum of 5-6 months consistent experience of Salsa classes and be of at least Intermediate level. Individual evaluations available upon request.

 

Recommendation: We advise you to always keep up with your styling!

 

Combine this course with: Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Bachata, Mambo on2.

 

At the end of the course your instructor will advise you when you are ready to move up to the next level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a look at a sample performance of our Ladies Styling Student Team below:

 

 

Men's Styling Classes


W Men_Styling_Classes_CarameloMen, want to be more comfortable, confident and play with the music? This course will help you add comfortable body movements, styling and footwork that will add sabor (flavour) to your dancing. You will learn specific techniques and exercises such as body isolations movements, greater agility, flexibility, posture & positioning, good spinning technique, Cuban & rumba actions and footwork exercises/combinations to encourage quick feet.

There are a lot of styling options out there, so we try our hardest to cover with you as many as possible. Ladies don't have to be the only ones styling it up on the dance floor. We share a lot of know-how and tips with our gentlemen.

 

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Prerequisite: Completion of Salsa Intermediate 1 & above or equivalent experience. Individual evaluations available upon request.

Recommendation: We advise you to always keep up with your styling!

Combine this course with: Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Bachata, Mambo on2.

At the end of the course your instructor will advise you when you are ready to move up to the next level

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Learn more about Samba de Gafieira Funkeado classes taught at Caramelo

 

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Taught by our Brazilian dance experts Pedrinho Mattos and Ulle Adamson
 

Samba de Gafieira Funkeado - Open Level

 

Samba de Gafieira means Dancehall or Club Samba. It is a partner dance that incorporates Carnival Samba, Salsa and Argentine Tango concepts. It is sometimes referred to as the Brazilian Tango.

 

This is a dance suitable for all ages and even though this dance is well established in Brazil, it continues to attract younger members because ot its vitality and room for creativity.

 

Samba De Gafieira Funkeado is a new dance style that has recently reached London, it was created by the famous Brazilian samba dancer Jimmy de Oliveira.

 

Pedrinho and Ulle have been personally trained by Jimmy and we are extremely excited that they are bringing this amazing funky dance to Caramelo!

 

First time proper Samba Funkeado classes taught in the UK!

 

If you like modern R&B and funk music with sharp and precise movements and timing -  you will love this dance!

 

This is the first ever course in London so we are open for all levels!


Whether you are a complete beginner or a more experienced gafiera dancer, this course will benefit you in learning of this new and modern style. This is the perfect opportunity to transition from the classic Samba de Gafieira to this new and exciting modern style.

 

During the course we will cover the difference between Samba de Gafieira and the Samba Funkeado in detail and will use both dances in the class.

 

This course is available in combination with Intermediate / Advanced level Brazilian Zouk course as part of the £60 Special 4-Week Combination Course Package in MAY 2015
 
Tuesdays, 8:30pm - 10:00pm (90min classes)
Sign up at the front desk, payment in cash only
 
 
 

 

Pachanga classes at Caramelo:

All dance classes are taught in a  4-Week structured & progressive course format.  Courses start on the FIRST Wednesday and Thursday of the Month

 

Pachanga - Open Level

 

Pachanga is a fun and energetic way to spice up your footwork and put some funk and bounce into your Salsa and Mambo shines!  

 

Originally confused with Charanga, and  later identified as "La Pachanga", this dance in it's beginnings was fast and syncopated and only had a number of step variations. But when mixed with Cha Cha Cha later (Pachanga-Cha), it developed a much wider variety of moves. Cuban immigrants took the Pachanga rhythm and dance styles to the US, where they became hugely popular during the late 1950s and early 1960s.

 

This type of music has a festive, lively style and is marked by mischievous lyrics. What distinguishes Charanga and Pachanga music is that these use a different instrumentation, replacing the brass instruments more commonly used in Latin/Caribbean music with flutes and violins.

 

Pachanga dance movement utilizes a shuffling and swiveling motion, usually achieved by dancers placing their weight on the balls of their feet and twisting their hips to emphasize the beat. It often employs varied footwork patterns, from three to eight beats, but in general each beat of the music is used. While proper Pachanga music and dance differs from Salsa, there is a lot of crossover in the music, so it is possible to integrate Pachanga movement and footwork into any Salsa or Mambo pattern.

 

Prerequisite: No dance experience necessary, but being of Salsa Improver level or equivalent experience helps.

Recommendation: We advise to take a pachanga course 2 to 3 times to master the movement and the rhythm.

Combine this course with: Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Mambo On2, Men's Styling, Ladies Styling, Bachata. 

 

At the end of the course your instructor will advise you when you are ready to move up to the next level

 

 

 

Learn about Brazilian Zouk classes available at Caramelo


Brazilian Zouk Classes Ulle AdamsonTaught by our international Brazilian dance experts Linda and Pedrinho, Brazilian Zouk classes are sure to put a spring in your step! Get seduced by the rich flavours of Brazil in the heart of London.
 
Brazilian zouk originates from the 'forbidden dance' Lambada and developed initially under the influence of the Caribbean zouk and later of R&B, Pop and other music containing the zouk beat. This has made the dance extremely versatile and it has elements of salsa, tango, rumba, contemporary dance and even street dance/hip-hop.
 
 
 
Brazilian Zouk Levels Taught - Beginners,  Improvers / Intermediate

 

It is a beautiful, graceful, sensual and passionate partner dance from Brazil and has made a big impact on the London dance scene. The dance style first started as Lambada in Porto Seguro, Northeast of Brazil, and later came to Rio de Janeiro where people started dancing it to the Caribbean style of music. Zouk now danced, taught and performed worldwide.

 

The fast growing popularity of Brazilian Zouk is also due to its adaptability to different musical genres. It is currently danced to French Caribbean Zouk, Latin and RnB music, but all with a heavy clear beat. It can vary from soft, round movements on relaxed and a bit slower music to sexy hip movements on reggaeton-like music.

 

Brazilian Zouk is known for its impressive looking upper-body movements, as well as hair-movements of the lady, circular movements of the head, waving movements of shoulders, ribcage, hips and numerous body-waves.

 

The word Zouk means 'party' in the Creole language and Zouk is already very popular in a lot of countries besides Brazil, amongst others the Netherlands, Russia, Spain and Australia.

 

Brazilian Zouk, this modern version of the Lambada, evokes the body and mind into a trance-like state for the dancer as well as leaving the spectator mesmerised!

 

 

Try other dance courses: Salsa, Mambo on2, Bachata, Cha Cha Cha, Pachanga

At the end of the course your instructor will advise you when you are ready to move up to the next level

 

 

See a demo of Basilian Zouk by Linda and Pedrinho and what you can expect to learn below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn about Kizomba classes available at Caramelo


Kizomba Classes London
Slow, sensual, and rhythmic, Kizomba is a close dance with influences from Semba, Tarraxinha, and Tango.
 
Since the 50’s, Angolan people used to dance Semba, the precursor to modern Kizomba.
In the 90’s when the actual Kizomba music got more and more popular, Kizomba dance also started receiving more and more credit and began to take the form it has today. Angolan Semba dancers started to adapt their Semba steps according to the tempo and flavour of the Kizomba beats. Technically speaking, Semba danced in a slow way to Kizomba music is the basis of the Kizomba dance we know today.
 
Milonga and Tango were also much appreciated in Angola as a result of globalization. Some people even describe Kizomba as “African Tango”. Tango's emphasis on form, beauty, control, and passion can be seen in Kizomba. 
 
Tarraxinha is the sexy, percussive cousin of Kizomba.
 
Modern Kizomba has blended these three styles together to form a beautiful, sensual, rhythmic, and musical dance that steps to the beat of one's heart. It is a dance of subtlety, closeness, and warmth. 
 
Kizomba Dancing Fahim CarameloKizomba - Beginners

 

This level will explain the key foundations of this dance, developing the basic movements as well as the leading and following techniques. We will be focusing on connection, musicality and getting your bodies familiar with the Kizomba hold and the key connection points in the partnerwork.

 

Kizomba is a gentle and sensual dance, two bodies as one, we aim to give our students by the end of the 4 weeks the solid fundamentals to start enjoying the Kizomba dance experience.

 

Try other dance courses: Brazilian Zouk, Salsa, Mambo on2, Bachata, Cha Cha Cha, Pachanga

At the end of the course your instructor will advise you when you are ready to move up to the next level

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

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4-Week Courses Start Dates

 
2017 
JAN 4-5
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