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.
…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.
OUR DANCE CLASSES
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why Dance With Us?
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).