Why choosing Salsa Therapy Dance School ?

Structured syllables from Beg to Adv, Fun & Friendly atmosphere; Variety of dance styles; Personal attention to detail; Easy to learn; No Partner Required for any of our classes.

What are you looking for today?

SALSA

Salsa is the most popular of all Latin Dances Styles!!! Salsa refers to a style of music and dance which has its origins in the Caribbean and South America, but now has developed all over the world.  Salsa music and dance has become an international phenomenon which is taking the world by storm! Cuban Casino style of Salsa, is the style we teach in our studio, has it’s origin in Cuba. Rueda de Casino as part of Cuban Salsa is a group dance where pairs of dancers form a circle, with dance moves called out by one person The Caller. The moves and the cheerful music makes your feet each to dance and just have fun.


BACHATA

Bachata is a style of dance that originated in the Dominican Republic and is known for its fun & sexy style and easy to learn steps. Bachata music can be distinguished by its particular guitar riff or sound which is prominent in all Bachata songs. Bachata now is danced all over the world. As all dances Bachata has evolved and few different styles have emerged from that, but they all share the same basic step.  In our classes we teach a traditional Bachata and Sensual Bachata. In partnering, the lead can decide whether to perform in open, semi close or close position.


Brazilian ZOUK 

Brazilian Zouk evolved from a Brazilian dance called Lambada. Traditional zouk-style music came from French Caribbean around the mid-90s and was further developed by Jaime Arôxa, Adilio Porto and Renata Peçanha in Brazil. Different from Salsa who is led with the hands, Brazilian zouk can be led by various parts of the body.  Kadu and Larissa, among a small number of dancers are leading the evolution and popularity of the Brazilian zouk dance style around the world and in New Zealand.


True to its name, this is my therapy. This is my happy place ♥
Bee Tuviera

Audit Officer

Salsa Therapy is the best place to learn salsa in Wellington! I completed beginners & improvers classes with them and totally recommend!

Juan Pablo Lampe

VFX Artist

About Us

Salsa is the most popular of all Latin Dances!! It is the perfect way to GET FIT, meet a whole bunch of new friends, gain confidence, de-stress, all while having loads of fun! We specialise in Salsa Cuban Casino style. It is a fun, social style of Salsa, where you can learn the basic steps, rhythm, leading and following techniques and lot’s of cool moves to shine on the dance floor. We also teach Rueda De Casino (Casino wheel) – it is a particular style of Salsa in a circle. This group dance is the highlight of our classes, and is a very social and entertaining way of learning Salsa. Our students love it. Come and try one of our classes of Salsa, Bachata or Zouk-Lamabada. Enjoy a great night out ! On your own or with friends it’s easy and fun. You will be dancing in no time !!! NO PARTNER REQUIRED!

CLASS TIMETABLES

All of our classes available in Wellington and Porirua

Term 2 : 28th Feb – 10th April  (17th April Easter Monday no classess) 
Days: Mondays
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Venue: L2, 39 Dixon street
Cost: Special Offer 7 weeks for only $85 you need to prepay before 7th Feb. (regular price is $112). Students discount with valid ID is $70. NO refunds unless serious injury or sickness occur and you can’t continue with the classes. 

Term 2 : 28th Feb – 10th April  (17th April Easter Monday no classess) 
Days: Mondays
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Venue: L2, 39 Dixon  street
Cost: Special Offer 7 weeks for only $85 you need to prepay before 7th Feb. (regular price is $112). Students discount with valid ID is $70. NO refunds unless serious injury or sickness occur and you can’t continue with the classes. 

Term 2: 2nd March – 13th Apr –  7 weeks
Days: Thursdays
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Venue: L2  39 Dixon Street
Cost:  Special Offer: 7 weeks for only $85 conditions apply. You Must Prepay before 27th Jan to get this deal. Students discount with valid ID is $70 NO refunds unless serious injury or sickness occur and you can’t continue with the classes. 

Term 2:   2nd March – 13th Apr –  7 weeks
Days: Thursdays
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Venue: L2 39 Dixon Street
Cost:  Special Offer: 7 weeks for only $85 conditions apply. You Must Prepay before 27th Jan to get this deal. Students discount with valid ID is $70 NO refunds unless serious injury or sickness occur and you can’t continue with the classes. 

Term: 28th Mar – 10th April  7 weeks  (17th Apr Eastr Monday NO classes ) 
Days: Mondays
Time: 8 – 9 pm
Venue: L2 , 39 Dixon street
Cost: $16 Casual or $10 Students discount with valid ID. Concession card 5 trip for $70 or 10 trip for $130

Term: 1st Mar – 12th April – 7 weeks
 Days: Wednesdays
Time: 6 – 7 pm
Venue: L2, 39 Dixon street
Cost: $16 Casual or $10 Students discount with valid ID. Concession card 5 trip for $70 or 10 trip for $130

CLASSES IN WHITBY, PORIRUA

Term: Date /time TBC closed to the time 
Whitby classes has been suspended for now due to our Dance Instructor is overseas until September. Please send an email if you are interested in joining our Whitby classes. 
Days: Wednesdays
Time: 8 – 9 pm
Venue: The Scouts Hall – Discovery Dr. Advent. Park Whitby

Term: TBC 

Days: Wednesdays

Time: TBC

Venue: Scouts Hall Discovery Dr. Advent. Park Whitby

We have new Beginners Salsa , Bachata  or ZOUK classes  starting every 5 or 10 weeks.

Pricing

  • Casual Salsa/Zouk or Bachata classes – Adults – 60 Min class
    $16/class adult and $12/ class student with valid ID
  • Concession cards for 5 classes $70 for 10 classes $130
    Cards are valid for 3 months from date of issue
  • Two dance styles in one night casual $25
  • Two dance styles in one night concession card 10 night (20 lessons) $195
  • We have also special deals if you want to prepay per Term –  conditions apply no refunds unless serious injury or illness occur.

Private lessons: Start from $60 per person or $80 per couple (per 1 hour Including venue hire) We have special prices for people who are interested in regular private lesson. Please contact us for more details.
Group private lesson up to 4 people $100 (per 1 hour excluding venue hire).
Contact us for Large groups one off private, Hen’s parties or Corporate function as we have a special rate.  

Payment options :Cash on the day; Direct credit

Venue Details:  Monday,  Wednesday and Thursday  Classes (Salsa/Bachata and ZOUK ) .We are moving to a New Venue from Jan 2017 address is : L1, 5 Wigan St. Wellington.  Name of the studio ABC ANYBODY CAN DANCE SWING ACADEMY(Feet with heat 4 dance studio)

Workshops

Day: 19th March
Time: 1.30 pm -3pm
 Venue: Toi Poneke Wellington Arts Center – 61 Abel Smith st. ( at the DANCE Studio)
Cost: $25 for 1.5 hours 

Open level to all Salsa dancers Cuban or Linear. Do you think you are a good follower and can you take the challenge to prove you are?
Let’s do some following exercise and talk about dips and techniques in spinning. And yes of course we will dance as I have good sexy shines and styling to teach you.

Day: TBC
Time: TBC
 Venue: Toi Poneke Wellington Arts Center – 61 Abel Smith st. ( at the DANCE Studio)
Cost: $25 for 2 hours and $20 for Students 

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Events

We organise social salsa and latin parties and occasionally workshops every month.

Salsa Latin Party 4th March at 8.45pm

SALSA Latin Party – 4th March at 8.45pm
Free Bachata Beg. class at 8.45pm 

Thistle hall – 293 Cuba St, – entrance from Arthur st.

Entry  Fee $10

 

Wedding dance Lesson: Add a touch of a magic to your first dance together as Mr. & Mrs. Click to watch one of our couples.

SPECIAL OFFER Book your wedding dance lessons before 27th Jan  and get  30% Off 6 class pack. Hurry up don’t miss out. Condition are you must contact us before 27th Jan and mention our website offer.

Watch one of our latest couples, Craig and Rachel, dancing Dirty Dancing time of my life”

Learning to dance with Lily, our dance teacher and choreographer, is easy and it is a lot of fun. No Dance experience needed. The dance can be tailored to suit your style, song or wedding theme. We know how much stress organizing a wedding is, so the choreographs are easy to remember.

Email us for a quote or look for a special deal at the wedding shops in Wellington. Corporate Events, Hen parties, Private lessons and Team building are all available, just send us an email or call/text for a quote.

Michael and Jenna Sabiston FEB 2015
Thank you so much for all your patience and immerse skill in getting us from not being able to dance without falling over each other to the beautiful dance we were able to share on our wedding day. Seriously we had no idea what we were capable of, but it’s all down to how great teacher you are.

Tim and Ellane – October 2012
Working with Lily on our wedding dance was a pure pleasure. Her talent and passion for salsa made us motivated, her charisma made learning fun, and as a teacher, her patience is a true virtue. We only had a handful of lessons but in that short time Lily was able to teach us the basics of Salsa, some slightly more tricky steps and construct our own personalised routine. Thank you Lily for giving us a surprise first dance that all our guests will remember!
Rachael and Todd – March 2012
After watching many ‘Best Wedding First Dance Ever!’ , my fiance and I decided we wanted to make our wedding first dance special too, and really surprise our friends and family. We choose the final dance from the movie Dirty Dancing. Neither of us had any dancing experience at all. We found Lilia de Castro from Salsa Therapy and were at once put at ease by her enthusiasm and her belief right from the beginning that we could do it! Lily is simply an amazing and highly skilled teacher (patient too!). In just three months, we went from complete beginners to reaching our goal.
We totally recommend Lily – learning from her has been an absolute pleasure.

Team Members

We are here to help you grow and develop your dancing skills!

Lilia De Castro

Lilia De Castro

Owner - Senior Teacher

Lily started dancing and performing from the age of 8. Her experience through the years includes: jaz balet, ballroom, Bulgarian folklore and Salsa, Bachata, Zouk-Lambada, Reggaeton Kizomba. Her passion for dance brought her to the magic of Latin Dance. She says “When I start dancing salsa in 1999 I didn’t know that this is Salsa, just my body start moving with the rhythms”. Since then she learnt Salsa Cuban Casino style with various famous Cuban instructors in her home town Sofia, Spain and USA. She also had learnt and continued her training from a range of world best instructors and performers in Salsa, Zouk–Lambada, Bachata, Kizomba etc. Instructors like Oliver Pineda, Adrian Medina, Kadu & Larissa, Daniela and Alex de Carvalho etc. In 2005 she moved to New Zealand. Since then she has been teaching Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and Zouk Lambada in Wellington and has also performed many times in different public and private events and Salsa Congresses in Wellington. Lily is the founder and owner of Salsa Therapy Dance School since 2007.

Adam Polaczuk

Adam Polaczuk

Instructor

He began dancing the fun style of Cuban Salsa in 2007, then fell in love with and began dancing the passionate and flowing Brazilian Zouk Lambada in 2010. Also to compliment these styles he has a keen interest in dancing the beautiful Bachata and funky Samba de Gafieira. Adam has learnt from a diverse range of the world’s best Zouk Lambada teachers, both in New Zealand and abroad. They include Kadu and Larissa, Allison and Audrey, William and Paloma, Lidio and Monique, Adilio, Alex and Daniela, Renata and Jorge and more. Adam is also involved in ethnic Polish folk dancing and is heavily involved in keeping this tradition alive. He has been teaching, trained, competed and performed in New Zealand and abroad since 2008 in all of the dance styles. This wide diversity of dance styles has given Adam a very good understanding of the variety of particular body movements needed accentuate each style of dance. Adam has been teaching Zouk- Lambada as part of the Salsa Therapy team since 2012

Leona Wolpert

Leona Wolpert

Instructor

She started ballroom dancing at the age of 14. After several years of lessons, many tests with results of high level points and being tightly involved with ballroom dancing, Leona discovered salsa at the age of 18. Although never having learnt any fundamental steps in Latin dancing Leona soon learnt to understand, follow and love Salsa and other Latin dance styles by travelling to different countries and dancing in different cities. The first time she saw Zouk Lambada was at the NZ Salsa Congress in 2009. She was struck by the beautiful flowing dance and the music. One year later she started her first Zouk-Lamabada training at the Salsa Congress and soon after signed up with Salsa Therapy to learn more. She got a great fundamental base of Zouk-Lambada and continues her training in Auckland, Christchurch and Brisbane where she learnt from the experts such as Kadu & Larissa, Allison & Audrey and many more. Since Oct 2012 Leona has been teaching and performing together with Adam Brazilian Zouk -Lambada as part of the Salsa Therapy team.

Address

Our NEW studio is:  L2,  39 Dixon street , Wellington
Call Us: Lily: 0210346155 or email lily@salsatherapy.co.nz ;  Adam:0211326997

 

 



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