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Latin and Ballroom Salsa dancing classes in Birmingham


Classes and workshops for corporate events, community events, birthday parties, team building, weddings and private lessons by Thomas OFlaherty.

corporate events - community events - team building

Testimonial from Brindleyplace
Opening to the European Athletics in Birmingham: Brindleyplace were very impressed by the performance from Spirit Salsa.

The dance moves were fantastic and there was audience interaction which is always good fun at events.

The audience loved it.
Kate Gregson
Events Coordinator
Brindleyplace Estate Management

"Thomas OFlahery is a professional dance teacher.
Thank you for sending us such a decent dance instructor."
Sonia Deol
BBC Asian Network

We found the salsa session to be well structured and very informative.

Even those of who considered ourselves as having ?two left feet? managed to get into the rhythm.

It was great fun and a good way to relax after the end of a busy day of meetings.

As part of learning at work week the NEC group provides its employees with bite size training sessions, the sessions include work related and non work related topics.

This year we ran a taster session on Salsa which was very well received, the feedback from the group was fantastic opening peoples ideas to keeping fit and releasing stress.

I would recommend the services provided by Spirit Salsa, Thomas was a fantastic tutor.

The workshop was a great success, with everyone who took part thoroughly enjoying themselves. Everyone was made to feel part of it and able to get involved, regardless of their experience / skills in salsa (many of the group with little or no previous experience!)

You were able to keep energy and enthusiasm up, which kept the atmosphere (and banter!) positive, and so a very successful and enjoyable evening!  Many Thanks
Sarah Caldwell
Ernst & Young LLP

Hello Thomas?- the feedback from the session was fantastic, and people seemed to be doing salsa moves all over the place for the rest of the day!?

...it was a very popular event in terms of people choosing it and they seemed to love it. Michele
Dr Michele Schweisfurth
Centre for International Education and Research
School of Education
University of Birmingham

I booked spirit Salsa for a community event; they turned up on time, and were very professional.

They fully engaged with all of the participants including some that were quite shy.

By the end of the session they had the whole room up and dancing everybody had a great time and had learned some Salsa moves and I would not hesitate to book them again.
Colin Bell
Frontline Audio Visual LLP


Everyone loved the Salsa and Jude was thrilled and keeps saying thank you for organizing it.

It gave her party a different edge and a few people will be coming to your class too.

I will recommend it to others and may book again around Christmas as I am having a party for some of my friends.

Hi Thomas

Thank you so much for your demonstration dance and workshop on the 17th.

It really helped in making the evening a success. Please thank Claire too, you made a stunning couple on the dance floor and everyone has been talking to me about how much they enjoyed the Salsa dancing and some are talking about trying it for themselves!
Val Squires
Allesley Hotel Coventry
Birthday party


Hi Thomas

We loved having the salsa dancing at our wedding! My Mum was actually very dubious when she heard about it, but she said it was brilliant because it got everyone up on their feet dancing.

We really liked having something a bit different as part of the evening reception. So, thanks once again!
Sutton Coldfield


This is one of the best classes I have taken; my confidence on the dance floor has really improved.

Hi Thomas

I thought your classes were professional, informative, and great fun.

A must for anyone who would like to go to the next level with their dancing..!

Group lessons

Hi Thomas

You are one of the most patient teachers I know, I was impressed.

Edgbaston, Birmingham.


Do I need a parter to attend the class?

No, you don't need a partner, there are people to dance with and we make sure the atmosphere is always welcoming and friendly.

I'm a beginner with no experience, and I have 2 left feet, can I still come along?

We specialise in helping beginners learn the basics and building their confidence step by step. You can learn at your own pace with no pressure to get it perfect.

Do I need to wear special shoes / footwear?

For our beginnrs classes no you don't need any special footwear, you can come along in trainers or shoes however for our level 2 and intermediate lessons you should wear smooth soled shoes for doing the turns and spins but at beginner level you will only do salsa steps with technique, how to follow or lead, how to develop rhythm and understand salsa, latin or Jazz music depending on the class you are taking.

Do I need to book?

No you can just turn up but there are options to book for 4 weeks.

How much are the classes?

Classes are 6 pounds with concessions if you book 4 or more weeks.

What are the benefits of learning to dance with Spirit Salsa?

Spirit Salsa focus is about building your confidence by teaching you technique, steps, rhythm, musicality, cultural connection to the dance to give you context and dance etiquette. All these elements will give you the skills and positive attitude to become a competent dancer. The classes are small between 10 and 12 people to ensure everyone gets attention and instruction from the award winning teacher Thomas Oflaherty, he has over 35 yrs experience of dance and has been teaching Salsa and  Afro latin dance since 1997.

What styles of dance do you teach?

For Salsa we teach 3 basic styles: Cuban, New York Crossbody and Columbian Swing Latino.

For Latin Fitness we cover basics steps of Samba, Tango, Jazz, Reggaton, Bachata, Merengue and Cha Cha Cha this class is good for toning and conditioning, it is a medium intensity class.

For Tap dance we teach American Style Jazz Tap which heavily focuses on Jazz rhythm, musicality and improvisation.

Do you offer dance classes for adults birmingham?

Yes, we give local dance classes for adults.

Do you offer ballroom dance classes for adults near me?

We offer ballroom wedding dance lessons in Waltz, American Smooth and Tango for your first dance as a private lesson but not for groups. If you want greoup ballroom lessons, we recommend Richardz Dance School in Rubery.

Do you offer free dance classes birmingham?

We do open days and offer taster sessions at the start of each term. Sign up for updates if interested in taster sessions.

Do you teach street dance classes for adults near me?

No we don't give street dance lessons but are happy to recommend the Dance Exchange on Thorpe Street for street dance classes birmingham.

Do you offer dance lessons for beginners near me?

Yes, we specialise in teaching beginners and our priority is to get you dancing confidently  and having fun on the dance floor.

Do you have dance classes in Birmingham?

We are based in central Birmingham and offer classes at Birmingham City University and the Blue Orange Theatre. If we don't have a class near you we can arrange private lessons for you or your group. Just send us an email or call us on 0793788631.


Do you provide whole Day Dance Workshops?

Yes, You can take a combination of classes in one day. Here's the description below.

Learn to Dance in A Day

A fun fast way to learn to dance!

Walk in and Dance out!

If you can’t commit to weekly evening dance lessons? Take a look at our fantastic dance in a day partner dance day workshop!

With over 4 hours dance instruction our Sunday workshop you will give you the best dance moves in the most popular Latin and Social dances.

Latin and Social Dance Lessons at the Blue Orange Theatre in Birmingham.

We will have you dancing Salsa, Tango, Cha Cha, Samba and Swing and event Tap dance – in a fun relaxed atmosphere.

The weekend Partner Dancing Lessons are especially designed with beginners in mind.

Our patient teachers will show you all the steps in a relaxed & enjoyable way, plus with limited numbers in our exclusive venue this workshop is great to help prepare you for up-coming social events and occasions.

Learn to Partner Dance.

Perfect gift for someone special.

Day: Sundays / Times 12.30 pm – 4.45pm

The Blue Orange Theatre,
118 Great Hampton Street,


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Salsa dancing in Birmingham

If you are learning to dance salsa in Birmingham you will have a variety of salsa dance classes to choose from everyday of the week and during the weekend. The regular salsa classes in Birmingham can be found on Broad Street on Tuesday and Thursday at the Beerkeler. On Wednesday the the Cuban Revolution for Cuban style salsa. These nights offer dance classes followed by a couple of hours of salsa social dancing.

Salsa for Students

If you are a student you will find salsa classes at all the main Birmingham universities. University of Birmingham (UoB), Birmingham City University (BCU) and Aston University all have dance societies and latin american dance groups where you can learn to dance salsa at least once a week.

Dance Schools

You will find salsa classes in most dance studios and dance schools. The dance exchange, the dance workshop cafe and broadway dance centre all offer salsa lessons for adults during the evening.

Salsa Parties

Dance companies such as Latin Motion, Salsa Addicts, Salsa Fabulous, UK Salsa Feet and Havana Salsa offer a wide variety of salsa lessons during the week and parties on Friday and Saturday. At these salsa parties you can expect a mixture of different dance classes including Kizomba, Bachata and sometimes Cha cha cha and Mambo on2 and Cuban salsa and Reggaeton. Occasionally at these salsa parties there are dance shows and live bands performing. There is normally an increased entrance fee if there is a salsa performance of salsa dancing or live music. Entry prices can range between £7 and £12 depending on the organiser and the venue hosting the event.

Salsa events

Once a year their is a big outdoor latin american festival in Birmingham. This event is held outside and normally takes place in the Arcadian in the Chinese Quarter of Birmingham city centre. Its is one of the biggest Latin Festivals outside of London where over 1000 attend during the day.

Salsa dancing in Birmingham

In the middle of the 90s Birmingham saw a boom in salsa dancing by the mid 2000s dance styles such as Reggaeton, Zumba, Kizomba, and Bachatas become more popular and now there are nights in Birmingham dedicated solely to these dance styles. Reggaeton dance music in 2017/18 and 2019 has been at the top of the latin music charts and attracted more young people to latin dance music. In 2019 Afro beats dance music is taking over the charts and is influencing latin music and dance.

Health Benefits of Salsa Dancing

First and foremost, salsa dancing is a fun social dance which allows people to freely express themselves to salsa music. This freedom of expression promotes a release of feel good hormones called endorphins which help reduce stress. Stress is one of modern societies biggest causes of a shortened life. Anything that helps you reduce stress can also help counter long term illnesses.

Salsa dancing can help people lose weight because the dance is done to relatively fast music. Salsa music is normally performed at between 160 and 220 beats per minute (bpm) which makes it one of the fastest styles of popular music to dance to. The average salsa song is about 4 minutes long, this translates into between 700 and 1000 steps during 1 salsa song depending on the length of the song. In 1 hour of salsa dancing, depending on the persons weight, a person could burn between 300 and 500 calories. The best thing about this benefit is that salsa is so much fun that you don’t actually realise you are exercising. The music and the atmosphere of the dance class or the salsa night makes you forget how much your body is working out.

So what is happening to your body when you are dancing salsa Physically and Mentally?

Mental Health Benefits

- You are listening and reacting to music -You are connecting with other people and building social connections - You are learning about a different culture

Physical Health Benefits

- You are exercising your heart - You are toning all the muscles of your body especially the mid section, abs and obliques - You are strengthening your bones - You are stretching your muscles and tendons thereby improving your flexibility - You are improving your coordination and mind body connection, agility and reaction response time.

These above mentioned are skills which according to a study from Stanford University can help reduce chances of developing alzheimers, dementia, cognitive decline and illness related to ageing. https://socialdance.stanford.edu/syllabi/smarter.htm