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Salsa Dance Classes

One of the most popular dance styles in the world, the Salsa is a fast paced, high energy Latin dance that comprises impressive looking – but relatively easy to master – dance moves. Known for its happy and light-hearted personality, this dance is fun, flirty and sexy, with fast footwork and intoxicating spins.

With dedicated Salsa dance night clubs all over Australia, learning to Salsa is a popular choice for those who want to impress on a night out, and once you learn the dance you will be working the dance floor in no time. We have classes available for every skill level from absolute beginners, right through to experienced dancers. No dance partner necessary!

History of Salsa

Although originating in Cuba, the Salsa dance style is an accumulation of many Latin and Afro-Caribbean dances and continues to evolve today, with different styles appearing across the world. The two biggest influences on the original Salsa dance style came from the traditional Cuban Son and the Afro-Caribbean Rumba.

The term “Salsa” first emerged in the 1950’s in New York where the dance was heavily influenced by the Puerto Rican community. The term “Salsa” was originally used as a blanket term for all Latin style dances and later, as the names of dances like the Rumba, Merengue and Cha Cha became more commonplace, the word became a descriptor for the exciting, fun and vibrant dance style that we recognise today.

The Salsa is typically a partnered dance and is well-known for its ability to be improvised. The Salsa is a popular social dance throughout Australia, North, South and Central Americas, The Caribbean and Europe, with dedicated Salsa clubs appearing in almost every metropolitan city across the world.

Salsa Music

Salsa music primarily features intriguing and movement inspiring percussion, based around what’s known as the Clave Rhythm. While the BPM (beats per minute) of music suitable for salsa dancing varies, most dancing is done to music in the 160-220 BPM range.

Salsa bands are known for being dynamic and vibrant and usually incorporate an impressive amount of instruments including piano, bongos, guitar, congas, timbales, bass, cowbell and maracas – just to name a few!

Here are our Top songs to dance the Salsa to:

  1. Viva Santana – Tito Puente
  2. Nadie Es Eterno – Tito Rojas
  3. Los Campeones de la Salsa – Willy Chirino
  4. La Rebelion – Joe Arroyo
  5. Ven y Baila Mi Son – Henry Fiol
  6. Quimbara – Celia Cruz

How to get Started Learning The Salsa

At Arthur Murray we offer a range of different options for people interested in learning more about this fun and passionate dance style.

Whether you’re an experienced dancer, an absolute beginner, partnered or single, we can create a lesson plan that suits your personal circumstances and experience level.

We would love to have you in our studio to try out Salsa with a free lesson if you have not been in our studios before. During your free lesson we will assess your skill level, strengths and weaknesses and then, based on our findings, we’ll create a lesson plan just for you which we can incorporate into private and group classes.

Salsa Dance Classes Sydney

Bring a little Cuban style into your life by joining our Salsa classes in Sydney. Choose a location convenient to you: we have studios across the city – CBD, Bondi Junction, Crows Nest. We’ve spent more than 50 years teaching the Salsa in Sydney, and we’d love nothing more than the chance to introduce you to this fun, exotic dance.

Visit one of our studios today to meet one of our experienced instructors. With a wide variety of dance backgrounds and a commitment to helping you master the steps in a relaxed, friendly environment, it’s easy to see why our instructors receive rave reviews from students at every level.

Contact us today to claim your complimentary Salsa lesson:

Hours of Operation

Sydney CBD
Monday to Friday – 12:45pm – 10:00pm
Book a Ballroom Lesson in Sydney CBD: 02 8320 4030

Crows Nest
Monday to Friday – 2:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday – 10:00am – 2:00pm
Book a Ballroom Lesson in Crows Nest: 02 8320 4033

Bondi Junction
Monday to Friday – 2:00pm – 10:00pm
Book a Ballroom Lesson at Bondi Junction: 02 8320 4036

Monday to Friday – 1:30pm – 10:00pm
Saturday – 9:00am – 2:00pm
Book a Ballroom Lesson at Parramatta: (02) 02 8320 4039


Both my wife and I are extremely happy learning ballroom dancing at Crows Nest Arthur Murray Studio. We have found the dancing instructors to be professional, knowledgeable, friendly and supportive. We are more than happy to continue enjoying our dancing experience and social activities with all the other students. We feel like part of a large joyous dancing family.John & Marilynread more
John Chung
John Chung
11:16 14 Feb 17
We were interested in learning Tango for our daughter's wedding last year, but here we are in our second year at AM, Crows Nest - dancing has now become our passion, due in large part, to the excellence of teaching and supportive atmosphere of this studio! The journey is long and I so envy the folks who have started years ago to achieve the beauty and grace of ballroom and the seduction of Latin dancing. We are determined to continue !!!read more
Ayshe Talay-Ongan
Ayshe Talay-Ongan
23:35 06 Feb 17
We started dancing in 2009 for our wedding - and had so much fun learning that we kept it up. They have incredible flexibility to do as much as you want, on your schedule, and consist of staff that appreciate busy working (and family!) lives --- while encouraging you to always improve yourselves! As a couple learning they have accommodated both our learning styles very more
Heidi Kuglin Justin Beck
Heidi Kuglin Justin Beck
08:48 04 Feb 17
I walked through the doors at Arthur Murray Crows Nest over 10 years ago having never danced a day in my life… I was looking for something fun to do outside of work and I’ve been there ever since!! There are local and overseas competitions, social nights and lots of glamorous events throughout the year to keep you busy. It’s fun, challenging, incredibly rewarding and you have an absolute blast along the way!!read more
Amy Hendry
Amy Hendry
02:29 31 Jan 17
I have loved dance all of my life but the Arthur Murray Crows Nest experience has taken my love and learning to another level. I have been dancing here for 14 years and will continue until my body gives up. My lessons are so much fun, challenging in a good way and a great form of exercise. Add to that the social side, great people, parties, outings, local and overseas competitions and you have the ultimate more
Janet Black
Janet Black
02:19 27 Jan 17