Nelson Batista
– Salsa classes in London


Minimum age: 16

Monday: Salsa

  • Level: General
  • Time: 7pm-8pm
  • Price: £14
  • Studio 5

Thursday: Salsa

  • Level: Beginner
  • Time: 6:45pm-7:45pm
  • Price: £14
  • Studio 1

Thursday: Salsa

  • Level: Interm/Advanced
  • Time: 8pm-9.30pm
  • Price: £14
  • Studio 1

Sunday: Salsa

  • Level: Beginner
  • Time: 2:15pm-3:15pm
  • Price: £12
  • Studio 1


Classes bookable HERE from one week ahead.


Born in Havana, Cuba, Nelson began dancing at an early age. Upon his arrival in England in 1988 he became actively involved in promoting and organising Latin dance and music activities. Nelson became the first Salsa dance instructor in London, to high acclaim. As a result, he extended his classes to venues all over the country, thus establishing himself as the top Salsa dance teacher in the UK. Nelson has since been deemed the original ‘Godfather of Salsa’ in the UK, in recognition of his expertise and proficiency in dance and musical interpretation. Many of Nelson’s students have since progressed to dance professionally and to teach Salsa themselves.

Nelson continues to contribute to the current thriving Salsa scene by teaching Salsa dance in many venues around London and the Home Counties and by regularly holding intensive workshops all over the country. Nelson is considered to be the leading authority within this sphere, he is also frequently called upon to act in an advisory role whenever authenticity or expert opinion is required. Most recently, after the official acknowledgement of the Salsa dance as an established dance form by the UKA (United Kingdom Alliance of teachers of dance), Nelson was appointed President of the Salsa Examining Board, within the Club Latino Division of the UKA.

In addition to his personal involvement in the Latin Dance and Music World, Nelson has performed in national theatre, having participated in the Danceworld 94 exposition. In 1992 he was called upon to choreograph and advise on the music for the production of Salsa Celestina at the Watford Theatre for which he received rave reviews. Throughout Nelson’s career he has appeared in numerous TV programmes demonstrating and promoting Salsa Dance in London and the UK. Nelson has also been acclaimed in the National Press, i.e The Guardian, The Times, etc; and also contributed to various Salsa and Latin dance orientated publications i.e. Latin London.

Salsa class description

These are intensive classes which suitable for the levels stated. For absolute beginners, classes focus on the basics steps and techniques in a comfortable and easy manner.

Every week, class participants will also be taught turns, spins, foot patterns and new dance routines to be executed while dancing in couples as well as individually.

Salsa has proven to be the most sociable dance form in the UK, with thousands of enthusiasts taking part in classes every week.

It’s also a great way to keep fit and meet new people in a fun like and safe environment.

No partner needed, no need to book, drop in any time.

Please note that the wearing of masks in these classes is compulsory.