Salsa, Bachata, Chachacha and Merengue Instructor
Choreographer and Performer
Javier, from Ecuador, is a natural Latin dancer and has been dancing since 2004. He has been taught Salsa and Bachata by some of the top instructors in Spain and worldwide whilst living in Madrid and travelling to international dance congresses.
He started teaching Salsa in Madrid, and on moving to London in 2010 he soon became an instructor of Salsa and then Bachata at the respected Salsateca Dance School- both at their weekday classes and famous weekend party nights such as El Bembe and Madre Rumba.
Charlie originates from Cheltenham and started learning Salsa at University. She returned to Salsa after a break in 2014 when living and working in London, and that’s when she met Javier at Salsateca Dance School.Charlie discovered her passion in the rise of Bachata in London at this time, and is a big Bachata Spice fan!
Since her return to the dance floor she has since been dancing non-stop and has enjoyed assisting Javier in his Salsa and Bachata classes in various locations. As well as training with Javier, Charlie has learned from top UK and international artists at regular London parties, workshops and international congresses.
Salsa (Spanish for ‘sauce’) is a dance that has evolved over the years and has a mixture of African and Caribbean influences, including Cuban son, Rumba, Chachacha, Pachanga, Guaguanco, Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena. There are many variations of Salsa including the Cali style (Colombia), Cuban style, New York (on 2 cross body ) and LA (on-1 cross body).
Bachata originates from the Dominican Republic. Like the variations of Salsa, newer styles have evolved, including the development of the Sensual style( body rolls etc!) in Spain in recent years. This has become very popular around the world.