Red Hat Salsa Lessons
Classes - Where and When
We have classes every week as well as socials.
Reading Tuesday Nights
Join at RISC (Upstairs at Global Cafe) - next to 'Great Expectations' pub, 35-39 London Street, Reading, RG1 4PS.
Each class is one hour.
We run 6 levels:
Levels 1 (Absolute Beginner)
Level 3 (Improver-1)
level 5 (Intermediate-1
Level 2 (Beginners)
Level 4 (Improver-2)
Level 6 (Intermediate-2)
Dancing: 9:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Newbury Wednesday NIghts
Come along and enjoy learning to dance Salsa. You will find us as the local British legion which has a sprung dance floor perfect for learning. Haig House, Pelican Lane, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 1NP
Times - Please note Absolute Beginners class 7 pm-7:30 pm.
7:00 - 8:00 pm Absolute Beginners to Improvers
Level 1 - Cost £4
8:00 - 9:00 pm Intermediates
£10 for both lessons
Plenty of parking nearby.
Wokingham Friday Nights
St Sebastian's Memorial Hall (Howard Palmer Room)
Nine Mile Ride
Please check directions or ring us before the night, as postcode doesn't take you right to the venue.
or use - the "What3Words" app on android or Apple and enter "dance.eggs.august"
7:00 - 7:30pm Absolute Beginners - Level 1 - Cost £4
7:30 - 8:30pm: Beginners/Improvers - Level 2 - cost £8
8:30 - 9:30pm: Improvers/Intermediates - Level 3 - cost £8
RISC Party Night - every 3rd Sat of the month
Every third Saturday of the month we meet at RISC for a great night dancing Salsa in a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. There are classes first - and then we dance, socialise and party until late!
Bath Rd, Woolhampton, Reading RG7 5RT
Join us for one of our free social evenings at the A4 Angel on the last Friday of every month.
Time to try out those new skills with a friendly crowd. Come by yourself or with someone everyone is welcome.
It normally starts around 8 pm and goes on until 11pm.
FREE of charge it's an easy way to tip your toes in social salsa.
The Turks Sunday Social
Come on down to 'The Turks" on London Rd for some Salsa Dancing and maybe a beer or glass of wine! Come with friends or come on your own! Don't need no partner - just dance with whoever's there! Either way always a really nicely chilled evening - with Ed playing the music... Straight in to dancin' and hangin' from 8 - 11pm and best of all No Entry Fee - Free! and it's been a real blast these past several weeks too!
The Turks Pub, 31 London Rd, RG1 5BJ
About Our Salsa Dancing Classes
We have over 25 years experience of teaching and dancing Salsa in Reading, Newbury & Woolhampton. For us the emphasis is ever on creating a positive and enjoyable environment in which to learn how to dance Salsa. We want our teaching to be relaxed, light-hearted and humorous (laid-back even!)
We put a great deal of care and attention into ensuring that the overall experience for newcomers to our Salsa dancing classes in Reading and around are as positive as possible - we want you to enjoy yourself whilst learning how to dance Salsa. To this end we invite and act upon the feedback from our students to enable us to constantly improve the atmosphere both during the classes & in the Salsa dancing after the class - we encourage our students to both dance with and talk to us about dancing Salsa.
If you subscribe to our newsletter we will keep you posted on free events and socials as well as lesson updates.
For us teaching Salsa dancing is a vocation - not a job which stops at the end of the Salsa class. We feel it is very important for our students to be able to approach us not only in the Salsa classes - but also outside them. Please, always feel free to contact us with ANY comments ANYtime about your Salsa dancing!
With our full Public Liability Insurance, Membership of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and the UK Dance Alliance (UKA) (Salsa) as well as formal teaching qualifications you can also be assured of our professionalism and commitment to Salsa dancing in Berkshire.
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Learn To Dance
See a little about our great Salsa teachers below or watch some videos of Ed doing a lesson.
Ed is well-known for his off-the-wall sense of humour. This combined with his relaxed, laid-back style of delivery, make his extremely popular classes fun as well as informative.
He aims to always teach moves which are achievable and flowing - and which work well on the dance floor (with partners who have NOT been to the same class!).
Ed takes great care to break down and explain the moves, footwork and leads as clearly as possible.
Most of all, he makes dancing fun and enjoyable - which guarantees to keep your interest throughout the class and leave you with a smile on your face at the end of the session!
Ian first stumbled across Salsa in 1996 and has not looked back since. He set up the Salsa School of Moves in 1999 originally specialising in creative moves for advanced dancers. Now he runs classes, workshops and parties for all levels throughout Midlands.
He is also a regular favourite as teacher, DJ, and stage manager at Pontins weekenders.
Ian is a unique talent on the Salsa scene, able to put the most nervous of beginners at ease with his relaxed and humourous teaching style yet also able to challenge the most advanced of dancers with original and creative moves.
I'll never forget my first time at salsa when I went to club with a female friend of mine whom I hadn't seen for a while as she'd been bitten by the salsa bug and was salsaing most nights of the week. (I had to find out what would take my introvert friend into a party diva.) The atmosphere was amazing: everyone was dancing and enjoying themselves and I was mesmerised by how they all looked like professionals even my friend who'd only been dancing 6 months. Well I also caught the same bug.
My first dance in a club after I had done a few lessons was unforgettable, I danced forward and back for about 2 minutes straight, my mind went blank as I couldn't remember a single move. (I can laugh about it now.) I nearly stopped salsa after that. (Glad I didn't.) I realised that I hadn't given salsa or myself a fair try to develop with only 6 lessons of salsa under my belt.
In 2000 I competed in Corona Salsa Championships in Ireland and went on to compete in 2000 and 2001 at UKA UK Salsa Championship Finalist in 2000 & 2001. Also had salsa dancing appearances in BBC's Baby Father and Happiness.
Chunky fuses New York and Cuban to give a very fluid, flowing and creative style executed using smooth leads.
His teaching style centres around breaking down even the most difficult moves' techniques and components into manageable 'Chunks'.
He is renowned for his energy, charisma, bad jokes and explaining moves very effectively. His classes are a real chance for guys to take their leading skills to a higher level, and for ladies to learn how to respond well to guys' leads and find a natural grace and style in their dancing.
Nicolai V, is one of the top salsa teachers, promoters and DJ’s in the UK. He was endorsed recently by being awarded the Best Regional Salsa Teacher UK-North East for 2009 by Salsa Central.Well-known at home and abroad, he has been involved in the salsa scene for the best part of 20 years and has become one of the most popular and best loved salsa personalities in the country. Over the years he has developed a unique teaching style which combines a fun and friendly approach with clear, accessible instruction. His Salsa Method enables students to enjoy themselves whilst acquiring the necessary tools and techniques to dance salsa.