MEET THE TEAM

THE FOUNDERS

Abel - Director & Co-founder
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ABEL

DIRECTOR & CO-FOUNDER

Born in Havana, Cuba - the birthplace of Latin beats and rhythms. Abel has over 25 years of experience dancing and has thought in Dublin and Stockholm since 1997.

 

Deep passion for Latin American music and dance has developed Abel's broad understanding and appreciation for a variety of Latin genres and unique dancing techniques. Since getting a taste of salsa dancing at the age of 15, his journey through music hasn't stopped. Positivity and energy are what Abel will deliver with his partner Alina in his carefully crafted dance lessons to make you the dancer you want to be.

His recent interest is learning to play the bongos.

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ALINA

DIRECTOR & CO-FOUNDER

During Alina's childhood and teenage years she played 4 instruments, graduated from music school, studied acting and  Lithuanian folk dancing. This acquired knowledge and years spent playing in and touring with the orchestra as a percussionist has shaped her holistic understanding of music and dance.

In 2014 Salsa and Bachata became her huge passion. Strong musical knowledge and an ability to analyse dance moves in a technical way allowed Alina to create a powerful recipe for success which she now transmits to the students.

Alina together with her partner Abel, combined experiences and passion for dancing will undoubtedly bring you technique packed lessons every time.

DANCE INSTRUCTORS

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DANCE INSTRUCTOR

JONATHAN

Life philosophy KAIZEN. Born in Quito-Ecuador. His dance journey started in January 2017 as a complete beginner. He fell deeply in love with Salsa, and the subsequent year he diversified into Bachata.

Since then his major focus has been in developing into a skilful dancer, practising with several teachers and schools in Dublin. However, Alina and Abel saw his passion and commitment and took him under their wing to be part of the DSA family. His work ethic and passion lead him to be a teacher and performance in many dance events around Ireland. However, his passion is not only Salsa and Bachata but design, marketing, and business strategies all of which have influenced the development of Dublin Salsa Academy.

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DANCE INSTRUCTOR

BASIA

Basia is originally from Poland. She began her dancing adventure at the age of 12. Her first steps were in the rhythm of Acrobatic Rock'n'Roll and Ballroom Dance, winning many successes and medal positions. In Ireland from 2012 looking for a new style through Bachata, Salsa, Tango, finally fell in love with Kizomba and from that moment she couldn't stop dancing.

Basia has vast experience as a dance instructor teaching in Ireland for years. Guiding students through their learning process gives her much joy and satisfaction. Basia became a member of Dublin Salsa Academy team in 2021.

In addition to her teaching, she continuously raises her qualification by training intensively at International Dance Congresses.

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DANCE INSTRUCTOR

HARSHA

Harsha just loves to dance!

Dance is her favourite place because it's where she feels most free.

Born in India, she grew up on Bollywood dance and music. Salsa and Bachata became her passion in 2015 after winning an award for a Group Salsa Performance in a competition. Since then there was no looking back.

Since moving to Dublin in 2019 to join her life and dance partner Kulin, everyone in the team fell in love with her as a person and a talented dancer. In no time, Harsha started training with Dublin Salsa Academy and shortly after became a member of the team. Harsha is enthusiastic about sharing the knowledge she has acquired in so many years of learning and dancing.

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DANCE INSTRUCTOR

KULIN

Born in India, Kulin had an affinity for dancing since childhood. While he got his training from dance forms like Bollywood, Hip-Hop in India, he started Latin Dancing in 2014 in Dublin and since then has never looked back.

Kulin is passionate about various Latin forms, including, Salsa (Cuban & LA), Bachata, Kizomba, Cha-cha and more. He attends a number of dance congresses and socials as he believes events like this are very beneficial to get more exposure.

Kulin joined Dublin Salsa Academy team in 2018. He loves to add his own style while dancing and aspires to continue learning while sharing his experience and knowledge with many others as an instructor at Dublin Salsa Academy.

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DANCE INSTRUCTOR

ACADEMY'S CHOREOGRAPHER

PAUL

Paul took up hip-hop at the age of  8. In his teens, he started Break-dance, Contemporary and since then experienced many different dance styles, such as Reggaeton and Jazz.

Paul has never been shy and actively participated in various dance competitions & dance battles throughout the years.

Paul's passion for dance grew into successful choreographies for dance tours across Romania and as a backup dancer for various Romanian music bands.

Since moving to Dublin and falling in love with Salsa and Bachata, he found his calling. 

Paul developed his unique style and inspires others to push the boundaries. He joined Dublin Salsa Academy team in 2019 and has since become an official academy's choreographer.

TRAINEE & ASSISTANT INSTRUCTORS

Meet our team of Trainees and Assistants.

We carefully select who joins our team to provide you with the best Sylabus delivery rate for reliable progress.

 

All our Trainees and Assistants are or once have been our Students. We believe in our teaching methods and provide the opportunity for talented eager individuals to become Dance Instructors.

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SABRINA

TRAINEE

Sabrina was born in Germany and raised in Australia, where her love for dance was sparked.
Growing up she had the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of musicality, having
played the flute in an orchestra and concert band for 9 years. Sabrina began her dance journey with 4 years of standard, Latin and New Vogue ballroom training, and since then has taken up Salsa and Bachata as her main dance styles, while dabbling in a bit of Kizomba and Zouk here and there.

A recently discovered passion for teaching others means that Sabrina can’t wait to take on her new students.

Sabrina has been an outstanding student at the academy for almost 2 years and now she is quickly progressing to become an Assistant Dance Instructor.

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ANA

TRAINEE & ADMIN

Born in Ecuador from a Colombian family Ana from a very young age has been exposed to Latin rhythms such as Salsa, Merengue and Bachata.

Her passion for music and dance was the driving force that made her start training with Dublin Salsa Academy, where her potential quickly stood out. The dance structure that Dublin Salsa Academy provides boosted her innate skills, and Ana is now part of the team!
Ana's biggest motivation is to continue improving and sharing the wonderful lifestyle that the dance community offers.

Ana has an outstanding work ethic and is currently training intensively to perfect her skills as a teacher to bring all that she knows in helping students progress. 

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VALENTINA

TRAINEE

Valentina who is originally from Sicily, Italy, started developing an interest in Latin music during years of secondary school at the Art Institute where she graduated.
In 2015 while working as an entertainer in a 4-star resort in Italy she was performing on stage and while having
 fun dancing salsa and bachata she realized how much she loves the music, the dance and just being a part of this joyful and energetic world.
When she moved to Ireland, in 2016 and eventually Dublin she finally had the opportunity to practice all summer during social dance events until Valentina's potential was noticed by the founders of Dublin Salsa Academy.  She was offered an opportunity she couldn't resist to train and start the journey of developing her skills to become a dance instructor. 

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JESSICA

TRAINEE

Jessica was born in Spain, a place offering rich music and dance culture where Jessica's interest in dance was sparked.


Her first dance style was Flamenco and after few years of dancing and performing, Jessica became an assistant teacher transferring her passion to little children.


When she moved to Dublin she wanted to continue developing her dance skills and learn new styles so she decided to join Dublin Salsa Academy finding a new passion for Salsa and Bachata.
Jessica's goal is to continue learning and improving in this friendly environment where her huge potential was quickly noticed and recognised.

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