The Team


Maria Palmieri

Founder and Director
Salsa-tropical is a Latin dance company offering numerous salsa dance services. We are committed to a vibrant and friendly environment where people come together, enjoy, experience and communicate their passion about dance. Under the direction of Maria Palmieri, the company is committed to producing professional work that is led by quality. Salsa and Latin dance school based in London, UK, specialising in a wide range of dance lessons. The place to learn Salsa, Mambo, Cha-Cha-Cha, etc. Welcoming students from beginner, improver, intermediate to advanced level. Fun and friendly environment, emphasising quality teaching from highly experienced, international teachers.


Mike Anthony brings to salsa an exceptional, dedicated amalgamation of dancing on 1 and 2; bursting with immense energy. His enthusiasm and attention to detail inspires all. For over 10 years Mike has taught students and performed in the UK and internationally doing what he loves most. Mike encourages a positive mindset and knows how to quickly build rapport with students and help build their confidence. Mike’s infectious laughter brings fun and warmth to his classes whilst providing positive feedback and and encouragement .


Sydney joined the Salsa Tropical teaching team after undergoing teacher training with Salsa Tropical. He is of Jamaican roots and grew up in a musical family who influenced his passion for playing instruments from a young age…his talent for the drums becoming evident at about age 7. He took up keyboards and bass guitar and has played many live gigs in the UK and the Caribbean. He also spent many years in music production in his own recording studios. During the last several years Sydney has become completely obsessed with Latin culture and its music…especially Salsa! He describes himself as a ‘Salsa Addict’ and specialises in the LA On1 style.


I have been a professional athlete for 15 years, training daily for International competitions and representing my Country Worldwide. I learnt discipline from childhood and always being loved music. I also have done some coaching for young athletes, and I enjoy working with people, and I am patient. I completed my Teachers Training with Maria Palmieri and already have been working at Events, teaching and being fully part of the team.
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Mark is originally from Cape Town, South Africa. He has been around the Salsa scene for 17 years and is known for his ‘silky smooth’ dance style, as some of his students put it. He started his dance training with the infamous Pierre Henry in South London and has never looked back. Mark has been teaching salsa and bachata for the past 6 years for schools such as Salsa Tropical, Citysalsa, DansTime and is a regular teacher for Rhythm & Vibes Dance Co. He also teaches Salsa and Bachata at 50/50 and BOS (Bachata On Saturdays) Mark has also performed with the Korke & Judith London Bachata Tesm. He is a certified Bachata Teacher with the Korke & Judith World Mastery Course.


During his time studying and working in 2015, Adrian would pack a bag and escape to a society filled with Latin dancers. Soon he was caught performing Bachata and Salsa chores on stage. With a charming smile and a deep passion to express oneself in music. He turned to teach to continue building a dance community and share the joy of music with everyone. He teaches all forms of Bachata, as well as Salsa on 1.


Ariadna is a trained dancer in many forms. In 2016, she completed a dance foundation degree at metropolitan university. In 2020 Ariadna was rewarded with a Bachelors Degree in Dance practices (choreography), which she completed at Middlesex University. Ariadna carries a level 2 fitness instructor qualification alongside an exercise to music certificate. This by law allows her to practice and teach fitness and dance classes at any gym safely. Overall, She gained skills that enhanced her knowledge in giving correct feedback and guidance to all her students. Over the years, her experience has given her a handful of performance, technical and choreography skills which she gladly passes through teaching.
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Manuela started to dance Salsa and Bachata since She was 18 years old in Milan. Moving to the UK, She has been chosen to assist Salsa, Bachata, and Kizomba, and going forward She joined a few teaching training as a Leader and follower. During all these times Manuela went through different Salsa styles as NY, LA, Salsa on 2, and Afro, and being part of dance performance groups. Manuela ->"Loving teaching because it makes people truly happy and forgot about a stressful day at work...There is too much behind the scene in a dance routine...ARE YOU READY? I like teaching people making jokes and letting them understand the right dance technique, dance fundamentals, and especially to build up the right confidence to be a good dancer...the rest to be the best is all on each of you." This year I decided that I need to improve my Salsa on 2, so here we are! I did the teaching on training Salsa on 2 with Maria Palmieri where after all these years in dancing opened up new challenging doors.