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Antalya Mediterranean Latin Fest - Turkey - 19-23 May 2016

Now this is something to look forward to this spring! Once again Albert Torres & Co are putting on an amazing event in sunny Antalya. Right on the beach front, in a stunningly luxurious stunning Kremlin Palace Hotel, the world of sea, sun, beach, party & dance is at your feet! Complete with a great artist and DJ line-up this event has got dancers worldwide in a booking frenzy!


We are so happy to be back at this event! Caramelo Latin Dance student teams will be performing at the festival and Caramelo's Shaan will be teaching and DJ-ing.


Antalya Latin Fest 2016




For everyone wishing to attend, the organizers are offering an ALL-INCLUSIVE package, GET A €10 DISCOUNT WHEN USING OUR CODE: CARAMELO2016.




All of this for as little as 340!!... if you book early, and wish to room share.

To profit from the 10 DISCOUNT simply enter our Caramelo DISCOUNT PROMO CODE "CARAMELO2016" in the booking process.


At the end of every month, ticket prices go up – so don't delay and BOOK EARLY!! 

FLIGHTS/BOOKING QUERIES - please contact Burak Urgen DJ Fox on Facebook for help.
Turkish Airlines and also Pegasus Airlines, for flights.


Mark the dates on your calendars and start getting ready!


We'll keep posting all the info in the comments, and here is what we already know:


- You can get 10 off by using promo code "CARAMELO2016" on your registrations, so use it well and don't forget about it!


- Party Animal Boat Trip - reserve your place early, it's "while it lasts" offer!


- Tons of great instructors & performers:


- Awesome Instructors & DJs... including Shaan!!!


- All-day pool parties, DJ, cocktail bar and swimming pool, indoor jacuzzi, and all that so close to sea you can just take a run and drop into it!


- Pool party!


- ANDDDD another pool party! :)


- And lots and lots of nice friendly people to dance with whole weekend long! :)

For even more info visit official website...
and official Facebook page -




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Amsterdam International Salsa Congress 30 Oct - 01 Nov 2015



Coming up very soon! The next installment of the amazing Amsterdam International Salsa Congress, taking place from October 30th to November 1st 2015!! What a great way to spend the Halloween in the beautiful city of Amsterdam :-D


Take advantage of the Caramelo discount, EUR 10 off if you use the promo code "caramelo" and book here:


We can't wait for you to join us on this holiday trip, all five of Caramelo student teams, as well as our pro instructors will be performing at this amazing event representing UK, lets partyyyyyyy!!!


Check out this unbelievable line-up of artists and DJs, you are in for a treat! For more information about the event and to stay up to date visit


Eddie Torres (NY)
Frankie Martinez (NY)
Adolfo & Latin Soul Dancers (IT)
Adrian & Anita (ES)
Terry & Cecile (FR)
Leon Rose Project (FR)
Fadi Fussion (LU)
Bersy Cortez (ES)
Ronald & Vivienne (NL)
Deniz Seven & Ceren Bayhan (TU)
Gill & Shelley (UK)
Shaan y Su Caramelo (UK)
Fadi K (UK)
Mike & Amanda (LB)
Proyecto Bajari de Yamulee (UK)
Julio Rojas (IT)
Talal & Edyta (BE/PL)
Volkan Karaman (BE)
Erkin & Selin (TU)
Miler Rodriguez Maximo Rodriguez (ME)
Sami - M DC (IL)
Di Marzo Brothers (IT)
Jorge Suarez (NL)
Tim & Zunaira (NL)
Fuerza Dance (NL)
More to come...


Kaytee (IT)
Toni & Lara (ES)
Gatica & Keskya (NO/FR)
Gianni & Alecs (BE)
Bachata Passion (NL)
More to come...


DJ Ryad
Willy (NL)
Shaan (UK)
Mauricio Reyes (UK)
Kamal Salsa Dura (NL)
Aime O (BE)
Roberto (DE)
Fadi K (UK)
DJ Erick thesaint (UK)
DJ Rosi (UK)
Walter Correia (NL)
More to come...



We hope you can join us, it will be absolutely EPIC!! See you all in Amsterdam!!!

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Amsterdam International Salsa Congress 14-17 November 2014

Amsterdam International Salsa Congress 2014
Here we go! Our next congress adventure will be at Amsterdam International Salsa Congress! The theme of the congress is "Revenge of the Nerds" - so get your inner geeks and nerds out people, this is the time to do it and have fun dancing Salsa!!
Caramelo Latin Dance is an official partner of the fantastic Amsterdam International Salsa Congress that will take place in this beautiful city on 14-17 November 2014!
You can profit from a discount of  10 Euros on ticket passes AND bootcamps.
Simply enter our DISCOUNT PROMO CODE "CARAMELO" in the booking process. At the end of every month, ticket prices go up – so book now!
Check out the official webpage of the the congress:
If you love 'The Big Bang Theory', spend hours discussing 'Star Trek', speak fluent Klingon or feel a strong bond with Bill Gates, this might be the Salsa Congress for you!

The 3rd edition of the Amsterdam International Salsa Congress will be from Friday November 14 till Sunday November 16th in Amsterdam.
the 2013 edition was a huge success and we expect this year to be even better. 3 days of Salsa in one of the best cities in the world to party, so let the entertainment begin!
The AISC 2014 will be held in 'De Koning', literally just a few steps away from the main hotel. Even though last year's event was amazing, the organizers still managed to make some improvements for this year.
1) Less shows, more dancing
2) Salsa & Bachata Area and a Strictly Kizomba Area
3) Delicious Mediterranean catering available, for very reasonable prices.
4) Parties till 6 AM
Leon Rose Project (UK)
Shaan Y Su Caramelo Latin Dance (UK)
Marco Ferrigno & Natalia Lopez (IT)
Jose Diaz & Nerea Perez (IT/ES)
Mark-Anthony & Ukraine Mambo Project (UA)
Mitchell & Monica (DE)
Fabian & Esther / Sabor a Fuego (ES)
Jose Aguilar (NY)
Franco Rocha & Lucia Medina (UY)
Fadi & Romy (LU)
Made in Italy (IT)
Gabriel & Zinthya (AE)
Victor Ortega & Muriel (CH)
Caramelo Pro Team (UK)
Vasil & Yoana (BU)
Fuerza Azteca (GR/MX)
Leslie Andoh-Wilson (DE)
Cesar Sanchez & Janina (DE)
Gabriel Riquelme (DE)
Byron & Ariadni (GR)
Salsa Block (GR)
Fuerza Aztekita (GR)
Siembra Dance Company (FR)
Evelina & Gosia (PL)
Ronald & Vivienne (NL)
Pasty & Josta (NL)
Soeniel & Maud (NL)
Estilo Dance (NL)
Guateque (NL)
ShelinaSalsa (NL)
Golosa (NL)
Ariel Johnston (NL)
And more to come...
*** DJs***
Dj Shaan (Uk)
Dj Willy (NL)
Dj Mauricio Reyes (UK)
Dj Aime O' (BE)
Dj Kamal Salsadura Full (DE)
Dj Ryad (NL)
Dj Dj-Guy Raphael
Dj Walter Correia (NL)
*** PROGRAM***
22:00 - 06:00 | Party (Revenge of the Nerds)
22:00 - 23:00 | International Shows
Theme: Revenge of the Nerds: be the biggest Nerd present and you'll win a free Full Pass for the 2015 edition.
Stay tuned to more inspiration on the theme day!
11:00 - 18:00 | Workshops
22:30 - 23:30 | Shows
22:00 - 06:00 | Party (Gala)
Dress code: dress to impress.
11:00 - 18:00 | Workshops
22:00 - 04:00 | Party with Live Band & Dj's
Live Music, International Performances.
We hope you can join us guys! Salsa Geeks Unite!! :-D
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Salsa Convention Berlin - Caramelo Latin Dance Wins The Student Competition


Hello everyone! We hope you all had a wonderful weekend, we sure did!!

Caramelo Latin Dance crew just returned from an amazing weekend at Salsa Convention Berlin, where two of our student teams had an opportunity to perform and compete representing the U.K. on a renowned international stage. Not forgetting our Pro-Team Ladies that shared the stage on the Saturday Gala night with a number of amazing and inspirational artists such as Eddie Torres himself, with his son Eddie Torres Jr, Karel Flores, Grupo Alafia, Shellina Donkers and many many more.

In preparation to the competition on Friday night, our Cha Cha Boogaloo and Salsa student teams rehearsed hard like true champions and were humbled to spend some time with Eddie Torres, who shared with them some pearls of wisdom and gave really good positive feedback on the two shows and the teams' performances.

This competition would be the final performance for our January Intensive Training and Performance student teams, who learned the choreographies in a record 10 weeks time. Choreographed, directed and trained by Caramelo's Shaan, one of the most respected Salsa and Latin dance instructors in the U.K., Europe & the world, assisted by the graceful and stylish Danie Street.

Prior to the Salsa Convention Berlin, the teams had numerous opportunities to perform with great success in London, as well as internationally at the Istanbul International Dance Festival. All this hard work, dedicated training and preparation has paid off when Caramelo Latin Dance teams swept two of the three prize places at Salsa Convention Berlin! 

Representing London & the U.K., our Cha Cha Boogaloo student team won the 1st PLACE and the Salsa student team was awarded the 3rd PLACE in the competition. 

The event had 9 student teams participating, many of which prepared shows specifically for this occasion. It was an amazing experience to compete with so many talented and passionate dancers, a great motivation for us and our teams to keep on pushing further, learning, developing and promoting UK and London style at home and abroad. Our guys were up against some really tough competition! The atmosphere was buzzing and we are grateful for such great support and response from the crowd and the judges!

Check out the videos of the Cha Cha Boogaloo & Salsa shows and the Winner Announcements below:

This was a great experience for our Caramelito's, to travel together, perform, work hard and support for each other, as well as to have so much fun and good times doing this! Definitely a memory and an achievement that we will all treasure for a very long time! :-)

Starring Caramelo Students: Piotr Jan, Deb Low, Fahim Shah, Lucy Coral-Jezzard, Laila Selener, Zachariah Iskander, Andrew Ingram, Pia Muller, Gregory Hunte, Jenna Rennie, Soner Erduyan, Maria Garcia, Mori Miharu, Ai Pheng Yeap, Sabina Joniec, Raizo Rain, Elwira Kot and Yuko Umeoka.

We are really proud to be able to offer such unique opportunities to our student to travel and perform at such amazing international events that not only help us showcase their achievements and realise their potential, but also help inspire and motivate the new generation of dancers.

Our Pro-Team Ladies performance on Saturday Gala night was a blast, they showed off their style, grace and creativity - stay tuned for the video of Danie, Marta and Claire-Louise!

We had such an amazing time at Berlin Salsa Convention, we did not want to leave! :-) And we are so looking forward to the next instalment in 2015. Our massive thank you to the organisers, Jens Puschel-Thiesen and his team for making us feel so welcome and taking care of our whole team. You have put together an immaculate and perfectly organised event, it was such a pleasure to participate!

So we leave you with a few snapshots from this memorable trip, and don't forget that you can join us on our next adventures! Our current 12-week performing courses are well underway and will be travelling to Croatia Salsa Beach Splash Festival, and there are many other events and surprises ahead! The next round of training and performance courses starts again in August - so make sure to check them out and join in! :-)


 Caramelo Teams in Friday Rehearsals with Eddie Torres


 Caramelo on Stage - Winners Announcement


Victorious Caramelo Teams Celebrating with Choreographer and Director Shaan


Celebrating the victory with Eddies Sr & Jr, Shaan, Karel Flores, Danie and the teams


Party Time!


Caramelo Pro-Team Ladies


Saturday Gala Artist Showdown


Shaan & Danie with the legendary Eddie Torres and his son Eddie Torres Jr


Chilling After All the Hard Work 





A big thank you to our Caramelo photographers: Pia, Maria, Deb, Lucy, Claire-Louise and Anna 

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