Are you ready to dance?

At Mocitos Dance School we’ll teach you to dance Cuban Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, Rueda de Casino y mucho más. Fun guaranteed! Centrally located in Amsterdam and Utrecht.

Learn to dance…

Mocitos Dance School was founded in 2019 by Luis ‘Mocito’ Salazar Tavera (former owner of Salsamoso dance company). Here you will learn the authentic Cuban Salsa, as well as Bachata, Kizomba, Rueda de Casino and other dance styles, with that specific Mocito Flavour.

We offer classes on every level, from absolute beginners to advanced improvers, in Taparia Amsterdam and Club Akhnaton. Both venues are easily accessible from Amsterdam Central Station.

…and have fun

Dancing Salsa is not only about learning the steps by well trained teachers, it is also about having fun and meeting new people. That’s why we invite you to have a drink at the bar before or after your class and visit our weekly Salsa social The Meeting Point or our occasional Mocito Flavour parties, to practise your moves on the dance floor.


Cuban salsa

At Mocitos we’ll teach you to dance the authentic Cuban Salsa, or ‘Casino’ as they call it on the island itself. From dile que no to setenta complicado, and the numerous variations that you can combine with these moves. 


This romantic dance in four-quarter time has its origins in the Dominican Republic. At Mocitos we offer you a fusion of Bachata Romantica, Dominicana and Sensual.


The ‘African Tango’, as this slow and sensual dance from Angola is nicknamed, has obvious influences from the Argentinian Tango and Brazilian Zouk. Our classes are a fusion of Kizomba Traditional and Urban Kizz.

rueda de casino

While you are dancing ‘Salsa in a circle’ in pairs, you have to respond within 3 seconds to the move the caller shouts out loud. Absolute fun guaranteed, as well as a very fast improvement of your Salsa dancing.

Son Cubano

Before there was Salsa there was Son. ‘The Mother of Salsa’ is danced contra tiempo (On 2) and has its origins in Eastern Cuba in the late 19th century.

Afro Cubano

These ritual dances were brought to Cuba by African slaves. Every orisha (saint) that is being expressed has its own rhythm of the drums.


One of the dance styles that has influenced Salsa is Rumba. Mastering sub genres like Yambo and Guaguancó can really spice up your Salsa dancing.

Man & Lady Styling

Learn to move on the dance floor like a Latino or Latina, with body isolations to loosen up your body, short choreographies and influences from other dance styles like Salsa, Son Cubano, Rumba and Reggaeton.


Private lesson or event?

Private lessons

At Mocitos Dance School we offer private dance lessons for singles or couples. Ideal if you would like to get some extra personal attention, if you cannot attend weekly classes due to your busy (work) schedule or if you would like to learn a choreography for the opening dance of your wedding.

events or group workshops

Organizing a bachelor party, team event, festival or other event?  We can make a custom program to fully fulfill your needs. We offer workshops in all our dance styles, in Puerto Pata Negra or Club Akhnaton or at any other desired location.

There Is More!

The Meeting Point

Taking dance lessons at Mocitos is just the start of your dance journey. Every Tuesday after the lessons you can practise your dancing skills on our dance floor during The Meeting Point, from 21.00 till 00.00 in Taparia Amsterdam, Oostelijke Handelskade 999 in Amsterdam. This Salsa Social is open for everybody, from Absolute Beginners 1 to Advanced Improvers3+, (ex) students of Mocitos Dance School and non-students, locals and tourists. Our DJ in residence NohTreb will give you the best Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba tunes to dance on.

Comida con Salsa

Did you know that Luis, the owner of our dance school, is also a professional chef? He combines the best of both worlds with Comida con Salsa in Club Akhnaton, Niewezijds Kolk 25, Amsterdam. From 18.00 till 19.30 you can enjoy a traditional Cuban meal, from 19.30 till 21.00 you’ll be getting a fun workshop Cuban Salsa (1,5 hours). Check our upcoming events for the next issue.

Workshops in 1 Day

Want to learn the basics of Cuban Salsa in just 1 afternoon? Or Bachata, Kizomba, Son Cubano? We give Workshops in 1 Day on a regular basis. Check our upcoming events for more info about that.

Upcoming Events

Sep 2020

Comida con Salsa - Cuban dinner & Introduction workshop Cuban Salsa - 24/09/2020 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cuban Salsa in 1 Day (Beginners) - 26/09/2020 at 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Oct 2020

Cuban Salsa in 1 Day (Advanced) - 03/10/2020 at 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Bachata in 1 Day (Beginners) - 04/10/2020 at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Comida con Salsa - Cuban dinner & Introduction workshop Cuban Salsa - 29/10/2020 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Mar 2021

Dance Trip to Cuba - 15/03/2021 - 29/03/2021 at 12:00 am

Apr 2021

King Cuba - 27/04/2021 - 28/04/2021 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 am



Super fun dance lessons! And very professional.


Good teachers, real Cuban music, cosy place


Hola! How happy this makes you. Nice people, nice music, nice moves. And very important: enthusiastic teachers. I can recommend this to everyone.


Good teacher, nice lessons, the time flies during the hour.


Great organization, really fun atmosphere, and Luis… He is the best if you really want to learn Salsa. To sum up the whole experience: amazing! I strongly recommend the intensive bootcamp.

Why Dance With Us?

professional Teachers

From Cuba, Curacao, Surinam and Holland.

Centrally located in Amsterdam & Utrecht

In Club Akhnaton, Taparia Amsterdam and
Tapasbar El Mundo.

More than 25 years of experience

 Teaching thousands of students how to dance.


we speak your language

We offer  our lessons in English, Dutch and Spanish.

Authentic Cuban Salsa

We are specialised in the original Salsa from Cuba.

events and parties

Join our dance parties, events and workshops to practice.

no dance partner needed

You can join solo, but of course also together with your partner or a friend.

Change your day of classes

Busy shedule? Don’t worry, you can catch up your missed class on another day (up to 2 times per course).

We’re a family and everybody is welcome!

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