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FRANKIE FRANK
DIRECTOR / DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Frank’s first dance steps were taken almost 30 years ago at back yard family parties. As a ten year old, street tango and waltz weren’t exactly popular so it wasn’t long before he found himself breaking and popping during the 80’s dance wave. He has performed professionally for over twenty years both on stage and television.

In 1998, Frank took his first Salsa class. Three months later, not being able to dance salsa (let alone teach) he opened the first Salsa school in Geelong with the help of Aloy Juno, Melbourne’s most influential Salsa instructor.

In the year 2000 Frank co-founded Melbourne Salsa. After many years of promoting Latin dance and music to literally thousands of adults every year, he still thrives on being able to extract the dance out of anyone.

GABRIELLA TORRISI
DIRECTOR / EVENTS MANAGER / DANCE INSTRUCTOR 

Gabriella was introduced to Latin music at a young age, she fell in love with Salsa in 1997, three years later co-founded Melbourne Salsa. This passion for self-expression through music and dance took Gabby to Cuba and Puerto Rico to further develop her dance & music skills. Her work in organising Latin events and teaching Salsa is much more than a commercial enterprise, it’s her lifestyle and Gabby wants to share her passion with others.

“Latin Dancing is a great way to meet people, it’s one of only a few forms of dance that is supported by a really strong social scene… you’ll find a Salsa bar in every city of the world and immediately make friends”

“When people ask me what do you do?, I respond with I MAKE PEOPLE HAPPY FOR A LIVING”

CHEB ALI

CHEB ALI
DJ

Cheb Ali (Arabic for Sir Ali) has been Melbourne Salsa’s resident DJ since 2004.

Ali believes in the importance of respecting dancers and reading into their needs. He has always shown commitment to understand each dance event, the dancers and the vibe. Ali offers a lot of energy and interaction by playing the “maracas” not seen by any other Latin DJ in Australia.

“Frank and Gabby allowed me to literally play with the decks at the Grosvenor Hotel in 2005 and I have never looked back. It was just an idea!”

“See you on the dance floor!”

ROBI RAKOSI
DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Robi Rakosi was born in a part of Hungary where music and dance runs through the veins of the locals. Robbie is well known for his free spirited playful dancing along with his skills in choreography, performing and teaching. He has been specializing in LA style Salsa since 2003.

“I fell in love with Salsa from the first time I laid eyes on a couple dancing, there was so much passion. I believe dance comes from your heart and soul”.

GYSVIER ALDANA NORIEGA
DANCE INSTRUCTOR

South American born Gysvier has been exposed to Latin music from an early age. Cuban music and dance has always been his favourite. As a member of the famous Venezuelan dance academy “Caribe y Punto”. He is an accomplished Cuban salsa (Casino Rueda) dancer, competing and performing dozens of choreographies including a performance in the opening of the Miss Venezuela 2006.

“The music is inside all of us, we just have to let it flow through our body and we’ll become one with it”

DANNI CUMMINS
DANCE INSTRUCTOR

From a young age Danni was competing in dance competitions. She has had various TV productions appearances and academically has pursued a range of dance theories. In her early twenties, Danni joined ‘Satori Dance Company’, training in jazz, funk, ballet, hip hop and partnering.

Danni discovered salsa in London where she took classes in all different styles. Her performing travels include London Scala, Sydney and Montreal Salsa congresses and finally back to Melbourne where she applied her love for dance to teaching salsa since 2008.

Danni Competed as a Professional Soloist in the Brisbane Salsa Solos in November 2012. Won the Victorian State Championships Partnered Teams Division three years in a row (2011-2013). Competed in the Australian Salsa Open in Sydney three years in a row (2011-2013) where her Team came 3rd in 2011, 2nd in 2012 & 2013.

KIKI LOPEZ-ESPINAL
DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Kiki was born in Miami, the unofficial capital of Latin America, where Salsa Music and Dance is a part of life. “Dance what you feel” is what her mother always said, so with her mothers words and her fathers musical skills Kiki tore up the local Salsa clubs from a young age. It wasn’t until her 20s when one night she was inspired to take dance classes, She went and joined Miami’s world famous Salsa Lovers Dance School.

Kiki teaches Casino (Cuban Style), Bachata amd more recently Salsa Moderna (LA Style).

A dance with Kiki is like dancing with Miami.

TSAMBIKA GEORGE
SAMBA DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Having danced a range of styles throughout her child hood and teen years, Tsambika found her calling and passion in Brazilian Samba at the age of 19. Raised and trained at Melbourne Salsa for the past 4 years and professionally for 2 years tsambika has performed with a range of professional groups which includes Melbourne Salsa’s “The Latin Dance Company” Gracing the stages of festivals, weddings, and birthdays. Specialising in dancing to live drums Tsambika brings the house down every time. Her favourite thing about teaching at Melbourne Salsa has been the close relationships she holds with her students and being able to teach them self love and to shake what their mumma gave them!

ADAM STARK
DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Adam always had a fascination and love for dance but was too afraid to take it up himself. On his regular jogging route, he used to see people going in and out of a dance studio, always with big smiles on their faces. So one day he went to his first beginner’s salsa class instead of his jog. That was over 10 years ago and he has never looked back. Since then he has expanded his love into Mambo, Bachata and Zouk as well as dabbled in Cuban, afro, contemporary, jazz, jive, swing and tango. Adam has performed and competed all over Australia, lastly competing in a team with Danni Cummins which came second in Australia at the Australian Salsa Open.

DAVID ARNAUD
DANCE INSTRUCTOR

With french and African heritage and coming from a family of musicians, David has always lived in the world of dance. From an early age he took part in many dancing competitions at festivals, and when he discovered Cuban Salsa it was love at first sight. After many years of training with well-known dance instructors, David decided to become a teacher himself in order to share his passion for dance with others. In addition to his seven years experience as a Cuban Salsa teacher in his native France, David has also taught internationally, in locations such as Croatia and Qatar. He has now settled in Melbourne and he teachs Cuban salsa and Afro style dance classes with Melbourne Salsa.

“Dancing is freedom. It allows you to better know your body, it can transform a shy person into a person with complete self confidence. It allows you to meet lots of really wonderful people and  it can change a life. I don’t know many other things that can do all that. Vive la Salsa!”

ALICE MAWHINNEY 
DANCE INSTRUCTOR

With a background in classical dance styles, such as tap, ballet and contemporary, it was in Latin America that Alice found her true love; Salsa! Having danced, taught, performed and competed in Guatemala and travelled the world attending various congresses, classes and most importantly socials. Alice has a ton of experience, tips and tricks under her belt. You’ll catch her tearing it up on the social floor where she feels most at home.

She specialises in LA style salsa, NY on 2(mambo), Bachata and Ladies styling.

REBECCA SMILEY
SAMBA DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Rebecca started dancing from the young age of four, learning classical Indian dancing for six years. It is here that she developed her love for performing and being on stage. As a teen, she was naturally drawn to the modern style of Bollywood dancing and also loved Belly Dancing. She went on to teach and professionally perform in both these genres. In her early 20’s she fell in love with Samba. “Give me a dance style with rich culture and a drum beat and I’ll be sure to be up and dancing”. Her passion is teaching other women the love of dance and loving yourself while having fun and getting fit! She performs samba at a professional level to live drums, for events and functions all over Melbourne. Her dream to be in the official Rio Carnival will come to life in 2018. Her passion for dance and training is always evolving and growing and she wants to share that with you.

SABINE ABOLD
DANCE INSTRUCTOR

German-born Sabine began dancing at very young age learning Classical Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary dance. Sabine fell in love with Latin dance when she attended a Salsa festival in Madrid. This quickly became her true passion and now Sabine is competent in L.A. Salsa, Mambo, Bachata & Cha cha. Learning from numerous well-known international artists at congresses throughout Europe.

Sabine began teaching in Munich after developing a natural talent for Latin dance, as well as a passion for sharing her skills and engaging with others. Moving to Australia in 2013 and now living in Melbourne Sabine is a fervent teacher and can be seen at almost all of Melbourne’s social dances.

“Dancing is freedom and absolutely therapeutic to me. I love the energy it brings, to be present in the moment and to move to the infectious music – and to be able to meet wonderful like-minded people around the world. I hope to be able to share the joy of dancing with you also!”