Do I need a partner to attend the class?

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

I am 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 do not 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.

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.


+44 793 278 8631


Blue Orange Theatre
118 Great Hampton Street, Birmingham B18 6AD

Ladywood Leisure Centre
Ladywood Middleway, Birmingham B16 8TR