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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 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 partnering, the lead can decide whether to perform in open, semi close or close position. In our classes we teach a traditional Bachata that was develop in Europe, also you will learn the basics of  Dominican Bachata and we offer now classes in Sensual Bachata by Korke and Judit .


Brazilian ZOUK 

Brazilian Zouk evolved from a Brazilian dance called Lambada. Zouk is both a style of music and a dance that has its origin in the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. The term “Zouk” literally means “party” in Creole language. The music is characterized by a slow rhythm and a heart-beat like deep base line. Today it is often remixed with R&B, Pop, Oriental and Electronic music.  Around the mid-90s 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. It’s modern, sensual and sexy with  contemporary  moves and beat you can’t resist.


SALSA in Wellington

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About us - Dance Make us Family

Welcome to Salsa Therapy Dance School Wellington. Our school have been promoting the Latin culture and dance for the last 10 years. We know how to teach the syllables in a fun and easy way so you can build your confidence on the dance floor and become an amazing social dancer in no time. Our classes are friendly with high energy and fun incorporated into the serious business of Dancing. Get your Latin fix and recharge with a great vibe from the Latin music and dance.

What our client's say:

Went to my first ever class of Bachata, Salsa as Brazilian Zouk . Thought I was not going to get anything but the 3 teachers were just amazing! Kept the energy and fun going the whole time! So worth it! Perekorangi Herewini-Te Awa – Nov 2016

Awesome fun teachers! Will be coming back to learn Zouk. A+
Joseph Drodroveivali – Dec 2016

True to its name, this is my therapy. This is my happy place ♥
Bee Tuviera  – Feb 2015

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  2012


Term 1: 15th Jan – 19th Feb – 6 weeks
Days: Mondays
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Venue: L2, 39 Dixon street
Cost: Special Offer 6 weeks for only $76 you need to prepay before 20th Jan . (regular price is $96). Students discount with valid ID is $60. NO refunds unless serious injury or sickness occur and you can’t continue with the classes.  Please book your spot from our  website

Term 1 : 15th Jan –  19th Feb – weeks
Days: Mondays
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Venue: L2, 39 Dixon street
Cost: Cost: Special Offer 6 weeks for only $76 you need to prepay before 20th Jan . (regular price is $96). Students discount with valid ID is $60. NO refunds unless serious injury or sickness occur and you can’t continue with the classes.  Please book your spot from our  website

Term 1: 18th Jan -22nd Feb – 6 weeks
Days: Thursdays
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Venue: L2  39 Dixon Street
Cost: Special Offer weeks for only $76 you need to prepay before 25th Jan . (regular price is $96). Students discount with valid ID is $60. NO refunds unless serious injury or sickness occur and you can’t continue with the classes.  Please book your spot from our  website Casual payment $16pp and 5 or 10 tip vouchers are available too. 

Term 1 : 18th Jan – 22nd Feb
Days: Thursdays
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Venue: L2  39 Dixon Street
Cost:  Cost: Special Offer 6 weeks for only $76 you need to prepay before 25th Jan . (regular price is $96). Students discount with valid ID is $60. NO refunds unless serious injury or sickness occur and you can’t continue with the classes.  Please book your spot from our  website

Term 1: 17th Jan – 21st Feb – 6 weeks
Days: Wednesday
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

Term 1 : 15th Jan – 19th Feb – 6 weeks
 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

We run small groups and private classes in Whitby, Porirua by demand

Get your Free Class pass ? Try 3 dance styles for FREE -11th Jan

Call/txt 021-0346155 or email us and Claim Your Free Class Pass.
YOU ARE INVITED ! Free taster classes are on the 11th Jan 6pm -Bachata; 7pm – Salsa; 8pm – Brazilian ZOUK


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

  • 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
  • We have also special deals if you want to prepay in the first 2 weeks of each TERM – get 20% for one style ; 25% for two styles or 30% for 3 styles in one week –  conditions apply  no refunds unless serious injury or illness occur. Contact us for details of this deals.

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 ) .
Our NEW venue  L2, 39 Dixon St. Wellington.  Name of the studio ABC ANYBODY CAN DANCE (Feet with heat 4 dance studio)


Day: 21st Jan 2018
Time: 12.30-1.30 Improver ;  1.30- 2.30 Intermediate Bachata Turn patterns
 Venue: L2, 39 Dixon st.
Cost: One workshop – $28
Both workshops – $46   – Booking essential  


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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.

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Salsa Latin Party and BaZouka Bachata+Zouk two parties for all our students and dance community in Wellington

Salsa Latin Party - 20th Jan at 9pm

SALSA Latin Party 20th Jan at 9pm

Thistle Hall – Cnr Cuba & Arthur Streets, Wellington

Entry  Fee $10 BYO drinks


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 16th Dec 2017  and get  20% Off 6 class pack. Hurry up don’t miss out. Condition are you must contact us before 16th of  Dec 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


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


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.


Our NEW studio is:  L2,  39 Dixon street , Wellington
Call Us: Lily: 0210346155 or email ;  Adam:0211326997



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