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TEACHING TEAM AND PROFILES

 

Basil Pinnock - Licentiate UKA
Director of Dance2Salsa Dance Company

Basil has been involved in competitive sports and dance for most of his life and has trained, taught and performed in a number of different disciplines. In particular, he has represented the UK in the martial art of Tae Kwon Do at both national and international levels. Until 2008, Basil worked as a lawyer with one of the biggest Criminal Law firms in the country but retired from the profession to start his own Dance Company.

A great deal of Basil’s early years were spent in the various Jazz Dance clubs up and down the country. This was a unique underground dance scene, where the emphasis was on solo footwork and breath-taking body movement. The ‘Latin Jazz’ music played during this period has been a strong influence on the music currently played at Dance2Salsa events and has made a major contribution to Basil’s understanding of the music and his expression of it.

Salsa became a major part of Basil’s life in 2001 and he has dedicated himself to learning and teaching all aspects of this fantastic art form. He started Dance2Salsa in the Autumn of 2006 at Bird Hills Golf Club with Melissa Lambourne who in that time has established herself as the ‘First Lady’ of Dance2Salsa. Basil now teaches a number of different dance styles and forms including Cross Body Lead salsa On1, Mambo On2 (Palladium/Classic timing), Cha Cha Cha and Bachata Tango. With his partner Melissa, he also delivers unique 3 hour workshops in areas such as Musical interpretation and application to dance, Ladies and Men’s Styling, Spins and Rotations, Footwork and Solo movement and Dancing On2.

Basil has developed a unique system of teaching and delivery built around a strong syllabus, the focus of which is the development of excellent ‘Core Technique’, matched by strong leading and following skills. Fundamental to the above is a thorough understanding of and awareness of the music as well as the development of musical expression. This can be seen in the high calibre dancers that have been through the program. Basil is UKA qualified to 'Licentiate' level after passing his higher level UKA exam in June 2007 with the United Kingdom Alliance.

In the last three years, Basil and Melissa have jointly choreographed a number of performances at professional and student level and have performed and taught at various venues around the country.

Melissa Lambourne
Principle member of Dance2Salsa Dance Company and Head Salsa Teacher Assistant level 1-6 and Kizomba Teacher Assistant level 1-3.

Melissa is a trained beauty therapist by profession and for the past 12 years she has run her own salon and is a fully qualified beautician, reflexologist and specialist in electrolysis. Melissa has a particular and personal interest in the healing arts.

She has been dancing now for about 9 years and has established a reputation for excellent technique and great following skills. Not one to blow her own trumpet, Melissa is quietly understated but with very stylish technique. She is regularly sought after by other female dancers for advice in relation to styling, body movement and technique. Melissa has been teaching all aspects of salsa dance from a follower’s perspective and regularly assists Basil in the delivery of the Advanced and Dance Development classes as well as the various specialist workshops.

Melissa’s knowledge and experience of dance, in particular, Salsa On1, Mambo On2, Cha Cha Cha and body movement and styling has a major impact on the look and feel of the shows produced by Dance2Salsa. She is also the founder and director of Latin Dance Society which specialises in the delivery of weekly dance classes focusing on various Latin dances including Salsa, Reggaeton, Cha Cha Cha, Bachata and Merengue. Melissa is available for one on one private lessons or workshops on a larger scale.

Makeup and photography is a developing area of interest for Melissa and she currently undertakes regular studio sessions.

Alison Winson
Salsa Teacher's Assistant, Levels 1-4

Alison has been involved with Dance2Salsa for a number of years and has recently joined the teaching team. She has performed with both Fuego and Tiempo y Cadencai performance teams. Alison is dedicated to developing her dance skills as well as help other dancers along the way.

 

 

Antonio Hernandez
Kizomba Teacher, Levels 1-2

Antonio has played a large and significant role in helping the development of the Dance2Kizomba brand and classes. He is developing a reputation for a skilled teacher and dancer, both on the salsa and kizomba dance floors. Antonio has previously performed with the Fuego performance team.

 

 

Eva Miles
Salsa Teacher, Levels 1-4

Eva is a professional Horticulturalist based in Farnham Royal in South Berkshire. Eva owns and runs her own plant nursery which specialises in Clematis, being one of the most popular and versatile type of climber grown in the UK.

Eva is fortunate enough to be able to bring a wide range of experiences to her salsa teaching as the following demonstrates. She has always been interested in dance with a background in ballet and modern dance reaching silver medal standard. Two of her most recent dance interests have become salsa and ballroom.

Eva has danced Salsa for over 4 years and has in recent times been teaching beginners level salsa. She is very interested in shines & footwork and can often be seen passing on her passion for shines to others. Not one to rest on her laurels, Eva has set her sights firmly on the ballroom dance floor and is currently in the process of learning this increasingly popular activity.

As a teacher, Eva is very patient and always willing to assist anyone having difficulty with any aspect of their salsa experience.

Julie Butler
Salsa Teacher, Levels 1-3
Salsa Teacher's Assistant, Levels 1-6

Julie has been a principal player in the development of Dance2Salsa and has been a teacher's assistant and teacher almost since the beginning. Julie has great technique and is a fantastic example of what it means to dance with style and grace. Julie has previously performed with the Fuego performance team.

 

 

Marie Baguena
Salsa Teacher's Assistant, Levels 1-5

Marie has been a keen runner from school competing in cross country events, half marathons and completing her first marathon in 2009. She has a particular interest in outdoor activity pursuits such as cycling and also mountaineering, completing the 3 peaks challenge and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in 2009. Marie has been dancing Salsa for approximately 6 years and has developed into a great technician and a committed member of the Dance2Salsa team. She has previously performed for both Fuego and Tiempo y Cadencia and regularly assists in administrative activities associated with running Dance2Salsa.

Sarah Norville
Kizomba Teacher's Assistant, Levels 1-3

Sarah is an assistant in the Dance2Kizomba team and has quickly risen through the ranks from the beginner levels. Sarah has performed for Fuego and will be part of future Fuego performance teams. She has a particular skill in marketing and regularly advised in relation to marking activities associated with Dance2Salsa events.

 

 

Tim Wreakes
Salsa Teacher, Levels 1-4

Tim has recently joined the Dance2Salsa teaching team and is developing into a fantastic teacher. He is an expert in the martial art of Wing Chun and has previously performed for Fuego and Tiempo y Cadencia. Tim's style is smooth and precise and he is in high demand on the dance floor.

 

 

Tony Rudge - Associate UKA
Madura Salsa, Levels 1-3

Tony is a sport/leisure/facilities and events manager and sponsorship trainer. He has organised several major international sports events as well as facilities management of the Wembley Stadium Complex. Through his love of sport he is accomplished in golf, tennis and squash.

His parents were professional dance teachers, and he started on the dance floor at the age of seven when he learnt Ballroom, Latin American and Old Time Dancing. In his teens he turned to Rock ‘n’ Roll and entered competitions as well as giving exhibitions and at the age of 17 years ran a Rock ‘n’ Roll club in Berkhamsted. From that time he also helped his father in his dance studios across the UK. Together they organised an annual event of The International Dance Championships for Ballroom and Latin American at The Royal Albert Hall.

He has been involved in the salsa scene for the last four years and became an Associate of the UKA in 2007. Currently working with Yvonne towards setting up daytime classes for more mature groups under the banner of Maduro Salsa.

Yvonne Rudge - Associate UKA
Madura Salsa, Levels 1-3

Yvonne Rudge - Associate UKA (Madura Salsa - Beginners to Improvers 1) is an administrator and book-keeper. Her work involves keeping the accounts and running the payroll for small companies and private clients. Her other achievements include distance running including the London and Dublin Marathons.

She started her dancing activities at the age of five in both Ballet and Tap, this continued for nine years during which she had become a very competent dancer. She then changed course into Ballroom and Latin American dancing and socially entered into the Rock ‘n’ Roll scene. She enjoys encouraging dancers to reach their potential and to keep fit.

She has been involved in the salsa scene for the last four years and became an Associate of the UKA in 2007.

UPCOMING DATES

 

19th june - Kizomba - St Albans

Weekly Kizomba Class
with Teachers Antonio, Lisa and Stuart

3 Levels of Kizomba
for beginners and improvers
Music and dancing until 11.30pm

 

19th June - Cuban Partnerwork - Maidenhead

For Beginners and Improvers
with resident teachers
Basil, Andy, Ronky, Alison & Julie
Music and dancing until 11pm.

 

21st June - Salsa Classes - Maidenhead

Weekly Salsa Classes
6 levels of Salsa
7.30ppm levels 1-3
8.55pm levels 4-6

Music & Dancing until 11.30pm

 

22nd June - Kizomba Classes - Maidenhead

Weekly Kizomba Class
with Resident Teachers Wilson and Lydia plus guest DJ KoKo

Music & Dancing until 11.30pm

3 Levels of Kizomba

 

6th July - Kizomba Party - Maidenhead

Monthly Kizomba Party
with guest Neelam Suman
3 levels of Kizomba

Music & Dancing until Midnight

 

13th December 2017 - Pre Xmas Mix Part 1 - Maidenhead

Dance taster drop in

Salsa, Bachata, La Rueda

Music & Dancing 7.30pm - Midnight

 

20th December 2017 - Pre Xmas Mix Part 2 - Maidenhead

Dance taster drop in

Salsa, Bachata, La Rueda

Music & Dancing 7.30pm - Midnight

 

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19th june - Kizomba - St Albans

Weekly Kizomba Class
with Teachers Antonio, Lisa and Stuart

3 Levels of Kizomba
for beginners and improvers
Music and dancing until 11.30pm

 

19th June - Cuban Partnerwork - Maidenhead

For Beginners and Improvers
with resident teachers
Basil, Andy, Ronky, Alison & Julie
Music and dancing until 11pm.

 

21st June - Salsa Classes - Maidenhead

Weekly Salsa Classes
6 levels of Salsa
7.30ppm levels 1-3
8.55pm levels 4-6

Music & Dancing until 11.30pm

 

22nd June - Kizomba Classes - Maidenhead

Weekly Kizomba Class
with Resident Teachers Wilson and Lydia plus guest DJ KoKo

Music & Dancing until 11.30pm

3 Levels of Kizomba

 

6th July - Kizomba Party - Maidenhead

Monthly Kizomba Party
with guest Neelam Suman
3 levels of Kizomba

Music & Dancing until Midnight

 

13th December 2017 - Pre Xmas Mix Part 1 - Maidenhead

Dance taster drop in

Salsa, Bachata, La Rueda

Music & Dancing 7.30pm - Midnight

 

20th December 2017 - Pre Xmas Mix Part 2 - Maidenhead

Dance taster drop in

Salsa, Bachata, La Rueda

Music & Dancing 7.30pm - Midnight