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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.


Dominic aka “Joe Blaq” first discovered salsa back in 1999 where it was the only dance form that had him hooked. After 6 years of learning throughout the UK he was offered the opportunity to instruct and has never looked back. He was placed 1st in the Tropicana Tropics World Open Salsa Championship (Ama Division) 2003, has performed with a team of dancers at the 2005 UK salsa congress, placed as runner up @ the UK salsa congress 2007. Since then he has performed at the Scandinavian Salsa Congress 2009 in Sweden; as part of a team at one of the New York Salsa Congresses and instructed for many salsa promoters within the UK.


Naomi first discovered a variety of Latin American dances through Zumba. She has studied at University one module: Dance Movement Psychotherapy.Naomi was a student of Ballroom & Latin for two years (2013 to 2015). She studied Waltz, Vienese Waltz, Argentinian Tango, Modern Tango, Swing, Bolero, Samba, Salsa, Fox Trot, Cha Cha and Rumba at Arthur Murray. In 2016, Naomi was introduced to Rueda de Casino, and has been dancing this style of Salsa to this date. Naomi has also completed Salsa Teachers Training with Salsa Tropical. Naomi has also undertaken Cuban Salsa training with Salsa Tropical, and hopes to be teaching this style in the future. Naomi has a positive mindset, likes to build confidence in her students, see students improve their dance, and see them flourish


Debby discovered her passion for dance through tribal fusion and Belly dancing whilst living in Brighton. In 2018 she started her Salsa & Bachata journey at Salsa-Tropical and has since been dancing up to 5 times a week. Debby believes the best way to learn is to teach and therefore recently started training to become an Instructor.


Sean has been dancing since the late 1990s, has had On1 and On2 training with Salsa Tropical and around the world including Spain the US and Latin America. He is proficient in Cuban and Colombian Salsa; performing in dance troupes and competitions, appearing all over the UK. In addition Sean is has had many years experience teaching several styles of the Dominican dance Bachata. A respected member of the dance community; he has taught people of all ages from school children to octogenarians and is always happy to give advice to students, usually with a big smile on his face. Sean is a big fan of Latin American music from the classic salsa of the 1960s right up to brand new tracks released today. With a great enthusiasm for dancing, he can often been seen at many clubs and outdoor street parties in London and the rest of the UK.


Ariadna Silva Chavez from Colombia is a trained dancer in many forms, in 2016 she completed her dance foundation degree at metropolitan university training in dances such as African, Caribbean, Hip hop and contemporary. She is currently studying dance performance at Middlesex University training in many styles of contemporary and ballet. She also works professionally as a belly dancer in many locations in central London. Ariadna coming from a Colombian background has always danced salsa and any Latin dances socially. However, her salsa / ladies styling training journey started in 2016 where she joined a performance team and has been training ever since. She is currently part of our ladies styling student team, where she is delighted to carry on her journey and her training with the amazing salsa tropical.


Iris has loved dancing ever since she has a memory. From a South American background, latin music has always been present in her life. Once in Spain Iris started dancing other styles at the age of 10 and continued until later in her teens. She then discovered Cuban salsa and has been practicing it for over a year. Now also into the Cross-body style Iris is excited to keep learning whilst doing her teachers training with Salsa Tropical and pass on the knowledge to new salsa adventurers.


I am from Hungary where I started to learn dancing. I have been always passionate about dancing, especially latin dances since I know my mind. In the school I went to majorette and ‘modern dance’ classes, later a little bit of hip-hop and street dance. Then I started to learn Cuban salsa, bachata and kizomba. My ambitions have been always high, therefore I attended on bachata competitions, as an amateur in a group made up of two couples, and we won a reward on a Hungarian Bachata Championship. I started my teacher course at Salsa Tropical in August in Cuban Salsa and Los Angeles salsa, as I decided to ultimately take this passion as a lifestyle. I am looking forward to improve more and give the passion for dance forward to others.
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