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Shaan is an internationally respected and established Latin dance instructor, performer and DJ. He can be found regularly teaching in London, the U.K. and internationally. Affectionately known everywhere for beautiful leading skills and for “London’s smooth moves”, he has been dancing Salsa, Cha Cha, Mambo, Bachata and other Latin dances for 23 years; teaching for more than 19 years, acquiring a vast knowledge and experience, equalled by very few, in the field of Latin dance in the UK. 


Shaan was the creator, originator of the concept and true founder of Latin Dance Academy. With the Caramelo Latin Dance, he is taking his concept of dance schools to another level and is excited to boldly go where no salsa and latin dance school has gone before. 


He is internationally renowned for his ‘light lead’ which has made him a favourite with ladies worldwide to dance with!

Shaan has performed at some of the biggest Salsa congresses and festivals in the world like Berlin, Athens and Amsterdam with Caramelo Dance. Its stylish, smooth and exciting choreographies had taken the international salsa scene by storm and firmly established Shaan as an internationally renowned performer and instructor.


Adding to his many abilities, Shaan is also a very popular and in-demand Salsa DJ, regularly playing sets in London, nationally and internationally. He has played at prestigious congresses all over the word, from the United States to Asia, in San Francisco, New York, Dubai, Mumbai, Cairo, Amsterdam, Zurich, Berlin, Vilnus, Tallin, Riga, Freiburg, Paris, Monaco, Zagreb, Sibenik, Rovinj, Chisinau to name a few.


Along with his friendly personality, this has made Shaan one of the most well-liked and internationally renowned performers, instructors, MCs & DJs in the ‘Salsa World’ today!




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Anna’s first steps in dancing were taken at the tender age of 5 when she started taking ballet classes and later on switched to ballroom for a period of a few years. 

In 2006 while living in Brussels she happened to be at a Latin club with a group of friends and got absolutely fascinated by the music and the feeling of just wanting to get up and dance. She jumped into the social dancing straight away and it was a whirlwind. 


While in Belgium she took Cuban salsa classes with Alex and Flo but soon moved on to NY On2 style with Alain Vander Linden and Sylvia Hollander. Anna was fascinated by their classy, playful and fluid style of movement and the fun and joy she experienced in their classes. During those years she also took classes with Alain and Sylvia’s former students Jimmy & Vie and performed in a show as part of their student team.


Anna moved to New York in 2009 where she spent a couple of years enjoying the advantages of being at the epicentre of the On2 dance community and benefited from taking classes with Carlos Konig, Almira Ayos, Angel Ortiz, Eddie Torres, Frankie Martines and Santo Rico dance company. 


In London since 2011 she continues to enjoy her passion for Latin music and dance, as well as the community spirit it provides irrespective of where you are based. Alongside Shaan, Anna was instrumental in establishing the Caramelo brand and the infrastructure of the school. Here she got to explore her creative side, as well as apply in practice and further develop the hands-on business mind-set. She is also actively involved in the coordination of the student training & performance teams, as well as enjoys documenting the journeys of the teams through the performances, the smiles and good times of Caramelo’s students and friends at the parties through her latest hobby which is photography.

Anna is proud to be a part of such a unique school as Caramelo and having seen first-hand the profound positive impact Latin dance environment can have, she is delighted to be able to facilitate and contribute to this experience for other people.



Caramelo Latin Dance DorianDorian started dancing Salsa and Bachata in 2003 as a social hobby. In 2005 he was spotted & asked to join the

'Diablo Dance company' and soon after was performing in a sell-out musical in Hammersmith.

Since then he has performed in numerous venues and congresses throughout the U.K. as well as doing work dancing in music videos, adverts, films & game shows.

In 2006 he won the 1st place in the European Salsa team championships.


As well as dancing salsa for more than 10 years, Dorian studied various other dance styles including Lambada, Hiphop, Jazz, ChaCha, Ceroc & Bachata, and was also a Gold medal finalist at the 'Harrow School of Gymnastics'.


Aside from Salsa, Dorian is an extremely talented Bachata dancer and instructor. His creative turnpatterns and funky and original footwork made him one of the favourite Bachata instructors with Caramelo students and beyond. 


Dorian now teaches salsa and bachata in a number of venues throughout London, helping people to achieve their true potential in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. He has a keen desire in helping people to learn, and teaches at a pace that is 'right' for student, so that they master and experience the joy of dance.




ovgu_adatas_bachata_caramelo_latin_danceÖvgü was born and brought up in Cyprus but she has been living abroad for about 8 years. Dancing has always been one of her favourite hobbies. She has studied various styles of dancing when she was a teenager such as hiphop, ballet, salsa and cha cha cha. Övgü moved to Spain in 2009 where she began dancing salsa on1 and on2 as a social hobby. Soon after she fell in love with both of the styles and started taking salsa, cha cha cha and pachanga classes, as well as traveling to congresses to learn more from all the great dancers and performers all over the world.


Övgü moved back to London in 2013 to do her masters at Kings College. Soon after she arrived she met her bachata dance partner Angus who she became the BachataStars UK champions with in 3 months after they met. They also won the 4th place in BachataStars Europe finals.


Övgü has been performing with her group "Reyes del Ritmo", who have won Bachata Team Masters UK competition and got the chance to perform in Madrid World Bachata Team masters competition.

Övgü now teaches and performs with her partner and group throughout London, as well as internationally. 


Ovgu is part of the Caramelo core instructors team and you will find her teaching Salsa, Ladies Styling and Bachata every week at Paddington Academy. While she is focused on delivering all the detailed techniques and challenging her students, she never forgets to make sure that you are having a great time in her class.


More than anything she loves teaching, helping people express their feelings through dance and sharing her love and passion with her students. She believes that no matter where we get and how successful we are we should never stop learning and never forget where we have started in the first place! There is always more.



Teresa Whitter Caramelo Latin Dance InstructorTeresa comes from the tiny cluster of islands known as Bermuda, and relocated to London in December 2015 in search of an around-the-clock salsa community in which to grow as a dancer and teacher, as well as have easy access to Europe's many salsa festivals and congresses. In 2005 she uncovered her passion from salsa from her tennis instructor, who thought her agility would serve her well on the dance floor; he recommended she try a class of his (who coincidentally was one of the island's top instructors at the time), and from that day forward, it was love at first step!  Six months into classes, she had her first show with the school's pro team, and first international show three months later, as well as teaching her own classes. 


Teresa taught Salsa, Bachata, Casino de Rueda, Latin Hustle, Beginner Argentine Tango and Ladies’ Styling, as well choreography for performance teams in Bermuda for ten years, alongside overseeing the operations of Sabor Dance School and Salsa Friends (Latin dance schools) organising socials, and producing special events. Her classes are technically sound but also full of giggles and random jokes. She also loves to play with fire – quite literally. She was a fire performer for five years with Rockfire Productions Bermuda, and hopes to continue on in London.


With Caramelo Latin Dance Teresa performed in a number of choreographies, as well as travelled to international congresses to represent the school and the UK's talent. Teresa is regularly teaching Salsa, Mambo and Cha Cha Cha courses at Caramelo, more recently she has also been choreographing the Caramelo student Ladies Salsa Team.


She loves keep herself thoroughly challenged with ballet and other dance forms, and truly believes that dance is a metaphor for life. Dance has opened many doors and revealed many paths to herself and others, and she intends to continue to spread her passion as far and wide as she can. 



gus 210x280_bw_v2Gus, with his partner Grace, is the 2012 UK BachataStars Champion and has been teaching and performing Bachata and Salsa for the last 2 years. Gus is a natural dancer, but still had to be dragged to his first Salsa lesson by a close friend in 2007. It didn't take him long to catch the "Salsa bug" though. Keen to progress his dancing, Gus sought out the tuition of some of London's best Salsa teachers including Shaan, Dorian, Super Mario and Gil and Shelley.

Over the years he has spent many hours devoting himself to developing his dancing skills and this is evident in his smooth style. With the Pexava Dance Student Performance Group he has performed at events/venues such as Scala, SOS, Salsa Central and the Haarlem Salsa Congress.


Primarily a Salsa dancer, Gus' true passion is Bachata. As a keen musician his love for the rhythms of Bachata music came first, but it wasn't long before he fell in love with the sensual Bachata movements. Gus has dedicated numerous hours learning many different forms of Bachata, from the best teachers in the world In 2012 Gus and his dance partner Grace entered the UK's largest Bachata competition, the UK BachataStars Championships. After winning their semi final (judged by Bachata legends Ataca y la Alemana), they went on to become the UK BachataStars champions and earned the right to represent the UK at the European BachataStars Championships in Oslo Norway.


Gus' clear, enthusiastic and engaging teaching style has made him a very popular teacher on the scene. A kind and patient instructor, Gus also brings a lot of fun and laughter into his classes. Passionate about dance, Gus is very keen to help his students to realise their full potential and develop into strong, unique and confident dancers.




kathleenAs part of the Caramelo team Katrin both teaches and performs in the Caramelo Pro Team.


Katrin joined the Caramelo team from Milan, Italy, where she was previously a member of one of the most renowned Latin dance companies wordwide - "The Latin Soul Dancers" of Adolfo Indacochea. As part of "The Latin Soul Dancers", Katrin travelled the world teaching and performing alongside such legends as Adolfo and Tania Cannarsa at Latin dance congresses and prestigious festivals in Warsaw (Poland), Berlin (Germany), Hamburg (Germany), Dresden (Germany), Zurich (Switzerland), New York (USA), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Benidorm (Spain), Panama City (Panama), Tel-Aviv (Israel), Stockholm (Sweden), Puebla (Mexico), Cyprus, Antalya (Turkey) and others.


Katrin also worked on a number of other Latin dance projects over the years and has collaborated with Marco Ferrigno,  Alexis Ruiz ("Alexistyle"),  as well as produced her own Mambo and Salsa choreographies.


Origially starting her dance education at the State Ballet school in Berlin, she then further continued her studies and developed as a dancer at the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz in Dresden, where she graduated as a stage dancer in classical ballet and modern dance. While still studying, she discovered Latin music and developed a great passion for it, particularty for the Salsa music and dancing.


With the help of her diverse dancing background and experience performing at the very top professional level withing the Latin dance community, Katrin developed a characteristic personality on stage - she tells a captivating story through her performances and connects with the audience through her magnetic interpretation of the music and choreography.


As a teacher, Katrin's emphasis is on solid technique and creative musical interpretation. She loves developing aspiring dancers and helping them become the best version of themselves.



Alandale Luke Salsa and Latin Dance InstructorAlandale’s salsa journey started when he came across a Latin music record shop in London's West End. It was a hot summer's day and they had salsa music blasting out of the open door so loud you could hear it from around the corner. He was captivated by the sound. He stood across the street for about half an hour just listening. He made up my mind there and then he was going to learn how to dance to this music.


Several years later he talked his girlfriend into coming with him to Bar Cuba in Kensington to do Salsa lessons. For the next six months he was there religiously every Sunday taking classes and staying for the social, struggling to stay on step and remember the moves. He was completely hooked, collecting music, practicing at home, learning Cuban and cross-body styles, and dancing at least 5 nights a week.


For the first three years his most influential teachers were people like Super Mario, Susanna Montero, Shaan, Alex Amaroso and Mauro Casali. His favorite places to dance where "My Place" in Earl's court, Mambo City in Ealing Town Hall and SOS.


After three years Alandale was very comfortable dancing cross-body On1 and decided to try his hand at the On2 stuff that all the best dancers seemed to be doing. The past six years Alandale has spent dancing solidly Mambo On2 and this is now his preferred style of dancing. Alandale is also a big Cha Cha fan as he likes the freedom it gives him to explore the music.


Fahim Shan Caramelo Latin Dance InstructorFahim discovered Salsa and social dancing in 2013 and fell in love with the the dance and the change of lifestyle that this new passion brought about.


A dedicated dancer, who has strived to improve at every opportunity, Fahim started taking classes from Shaan at the Caramelo Latin Dance school, as well as attending classes with other UK instructors such as Gil & Shelly, Super Mario, Mauro and Jeff Tarpinian. In 2014 Fahim joined the Caramelo student performance teams and competed as part of the Caramelo Salsa student team in an international competition at the Salsa Convention Berlin in May 2014. The team finished an impressive third out of 12 European student teams which competed at the event. Subsequently, Fahim also trained and performed with the Caramelo student Salsa and Cha Cha Cha teams at the Salsa Beach Splash Festival in Croatia in July 2014.


Over the past year and half, Fahim has visited numerous International latin dance congresses, taking workshops from world famous teachers to help improve his overall dance level and technique. Additionally, he has taken a serious interest in Kizomba and has been learning from Nuno Campos, one of the best UK Kizomba instructors. Fahim's main passions are Salsa and Kizomba, as well as continuing his development in Bachata and Cha Cha Cha.


Fahim is now taking the next step in his development by joining the Caramelo teaching team. His bubbly personality and charming personality will hold him in good stead to develop as a teacher and help his students grow. 



Batu Bajdaroglou Caramelo Latin Dance InstructorBatu began his dance journey back home in Turkey in 2008, when he was encouraged to join dance classes by aone of his intructors who saw his potential. He started with salsa and bachata and swiftly went on to learn Cha Cha Cha, Argentine Tango, International Ballroom as well as ballet, contemporary, hip hop and popping.


After successfully performing across Turkey in solo, couple and team shows, as well as teaching for 3 years Batu moved to London in summer 2015 to continue his dance career in the UK.


Batu is a the three time winner of the Turkish Dance Federation championship and is known for his dynamic moves and being a fun, engaging teacher who is very popular with students.


His positive attitude and love for dance is contageous and you are guaranteed to have a great time in his classes.



kathleenBorn and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Kathleen trained as a gymnast from the age of 4 years old doing both acro and artistic gymnastics. At age 10, she moved over from gymnastics into dance and started training in ballet and tap dancing. With a good understanding of her body movement with music she quickly progressed and was soon performing on stage in Cape Town's theatres. After training with prima ballerina Phyllis Spira, she was cast into the Cape Town City Ballet's Nutcracker. Not long after this, Kat started training in modern jazz and contemporary where she found her true passion for dance!


Across all dance forms, Kat took part in competitive performances in Eisteddfods in SA, winning diplomas and distinctions in both Solo, Duet and Team Categories. In her late teens she moved over to London where she did a westend jazz adult course at the Royal Academy of Dance before stumbling upon ballroom style, which later led her to salsa!! She joined, competed (Latin Pulse EU team championships 2nd Place 2011) and performed with Laith Sami's student group until being asked to join Diablo Dance Co. as Laith's dance partner in 2011. Kat has taken lessons with top female salseras including Magna Gopal, Shelley Cook de Prado and Jennifer Benavidez. She continues to do lyrical jazz and street dancing in her spare time, and still dances, performs and teaches nationally with her partner Eddie. Together they were invited to be a feature dancer in the salsa movie Cuban Fury (released in 2013). Always pushing to be better and doing it with a smile, Kat encourages all dancers to believe in Free Spirit of Dance! She joins the team with a passion to share the fun and freedom of expression that dance brings!




eddie-2Originally from South America and having grown up with the Latin Culture, Eddie Torres (Jnr.) found salsa in 2010 and quickly realised his passion for the dance and salsa music! He fast tracked his learning process by going out to social on a daily basis across London and taking classes with all the top teachers that he could find, namely Laith Sami, Shaan Shaan, Gil and Shelley, Super Mario, Mauro and Eva, Robert White, Miguel & Mayana and Silvia.


After joining, performing and competing (Latin Pulse EU Team Championships 2011 - 2nd place) with Laith Sami's LSPG performance group, doors started to open and he was asked to join Diablo Dance Co. in 2011, with whom he still dances with to date. He has performed all over London and the UK including shows at prestigious salsa events such as Mambo City Congress, SOS, Scala and Latin Motion in Birmingham amongst others. Eddie has also trained alongside Gil and Shelley with their new project, El Alma de Pexava.


In 2012 Eddie was invited as a featured dancer in the salsa movie Cuban Fury. Eddie is always striving to progress as a dancer and has is still training in a number of different styles of dance, including salsa on1 and on2,chacha, hiphop, ballet, lyrical jazz and more recently pachanga and Afro-Cuban. He joins the Caramelo Latin Dance team with enthusiasm and a willingness to share knowledge on all that he can.



kathleenMiro has been dancing Bachata and Kizomba, as well as other Latin dances for over 8 years. He has been teaching classes and DJ-ing Latin music at events over the last 4 years both nationally in the U.K. and internationally (Europe).

Miro has taken part in multiple Latin dance competitions, as well as choreographed shows and performed at a number of Latin events.

In 2015, He was personally invited by Korke y Judith (the creators of Sensual Bachata) to take part in their first ever teacher training course and has become a certified teacher in the Sensual Bachata style. Miro regularly travels abroad both to teach and to expand his dance knowledge by attending international events and specialized workshops.