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A large variety of Salsa and other Latin dance lessons are offered in the Boston area by individual instructors, professional dance studios, collegiate ballroom clubs, and nightclubs.  For first time beginners, I suggest checking out one of the clubs that offers introductory lessons.  You can read more about this in the Beginner's Guide to Salsa in Boston.

Q: "My friends won't come because..."

A: Here's some advice and a class to consider first!  www.salsaboston.com/salsa4gringos

Q: Class Registration?

A: Most lessons at nightclubs and social dances are "drop in", meaning you can just show up.  Ongoing lessons at dance studios, usually run about 4-6 weeks, once or twice a week, are more rigorous, and build on material learned in each previous class.  They are also highly recommended, particularly after you have taken a few drop-in beginner classes.  It is best to register for the entire course, though the instructors sometimes will permit walk-in's. Check with them before class.

Q: Do I need a partner?

A: In almost all cases, no partner is required.  By some magic (and this is universally true), Salsa classes somehow manage to balance out pretty well.  If you do come with a partner, be prepared to switch around though, since dancing with different people is an important part of learning the dance, not to mention the fun of it!

Lesson Listings

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Individual Instructors
Ballroom Pro Studios
Adult Education
Ballroom Clubs
North Shore
South Shore/Cape
Western Mass
New Hampshire
Rhode Island


Salsa Lessons at Club Caribe More Details »
"The Complete Salsa Experience by SalsaBoston!"
Beginner and intermediate lessons followed by the nightclub. No partner needed.

Every Thursday:
Beginner Level: "Caribe Club Dances" (Level 1)
Intermediate and Advanced Levels: Salsa Secrets (Levels 2-4)

Beginner Level: Introduction to Salsa (Level 1)
Intermediate and Advanced Levels: Salsa Footwork & Partnering (Levels 2-4)

10-1am+: dancing!

Salsa Lessons at Havana Club More Details »
Casino Rueda lesson at 8:30
Salsa Lesson w/ Salsa y Control at 9:30
Beginner and intermediate
Salsa Lessons at Mojitos More Details »
Thur-Sat nights, see website for current details

Individual Instructors

Salsa for Gringos by SalsaBoston More Details »
NOT CURRENTLY OFFERED, sorry. Please check out our full program of lessons at Club Caribe every Thursday.

Taught periodically around town by yours truly, Olaf of SalsaBoston.
A fun class for true beginners and non-dancers. A"level zero" introduction to Latin Dance designed to teach you some really fundamental stuff. Great for groups of 20-50. Call 617-513-9841 or email olaf@salsaboston.com to book a lesson for your group.
Latin Dance Classes with Metamovements More Details »
See website for latest schedule
Salsa lessons with Johnny and Kelly More Details »
For up to date class schedule and details, visit Johnny and Kelly's Home Page

Kelly: kelly@salsaboston.com, (617) 522-7443
Johnny: (617) 967-5021

Masacote Dance School, Cambridge, MA More Details »
Masacote Dance School offers Group Salsa Classes (On 2, Cuban Style) and Private Lessons throughout the week in Cambridge and Boston, MA.

Classes are taught at Cambridge Athletic Club
215 First St
Cambridge, MA 02142
Dance Lessons with "Hacha Y Machete" More Details »
Based in Lawrence, MA
See website for latest schedule
Salsa Lessons with SALSAlort More Details »
Based in Worcester
See website for latest schedule
dance instruction by Michele Cloutier More Details »
Whether you are preparing for your wedding, need entertainment for a party, want to enter a competition or just learn a few basic dance steps, it is my pleasure to help you become the dancer you wish to be.
1485 Beacon St. Brookline, MA 617.285.1225
Dance Lessons with Edwin Pabon More Details »
With Maria Colon, Dolly Rivera, or Maria Ortiz assisting
Ongoing lessons at Spontaneous Celebrations 45 Danforth St., Jamaica Plain (near Stonybrook Orange Line T Stop)
Offering Salsa, Merengue, Cha Cha, Mambo
For up to date schedule and more information call (617) 524-0457
Private Lessons Guillermo Rivera-Pagan More Details »
Guillermo has been teaching Latin Dance for over 30 years. Guillermo teaches private and group classes in Salsa, Merengue, Cha-Cha and Mambo in his students’ homes, throughout the Greater Boston area. He and his dance partner Tracey Giorgio also offer group classes at her home studio in Natick. For more information about Guillermo’s classes, please call him at 617-522-2524 or e-mail him at griverapagan@salsacontigo.com.
Private Lessons with Sue Katz More Details »
· Merengue
· Salsa
· Cha-Cha
· Bossa-Nova
· Swing
· Rhumba
Sue Katz instructed & performed for 10 years in Britain and is now teaching around the Cambridge area. dancer@suekatz.com (617) 776-1233

Ballroom Pro Studios

Salsa Lessons with Liz Nania More Details »
OUT to Dance
West Roxbury and Roslindale
Liz Nania, Director
Groups salsa and Latin classes start frequently; private lessons also available. Super-friendly classes, affordable rates. 
Dance lessons by Nancy Murphy/Rugcutters Dance Studio More Details »
Watertown Elks Club
Latest Schedule and details on their website
Salsa and Ballroom lessons with dance champion Chris Johnson More Details »
Studio locations in Charlestown and Watertown.
Check website for latest schedule
Extreme Dancesport More Details »
Extensive ballroom, salsa/latin, and social dance programs, located in the heart of Cambridge.
288 Norfolk St. 3rd flr Cambridge, near Inman Sq.
Dancing Connections, Inc. More Details »
Latin Classes (merenque, salsa, cha cha, rhumba)
Manchester by the Sea, Beverly, Marblehead
Call Tricia Sampson-Reyes at 978-352-9794 or e-mail triciaandroberto@dancingconnections.com
Drop in's welcome, beginner and intermediate level offered.
Private individual and group lessons, demonstrations,and DJ services also available.
Best Foot Forward classes More Details »
at Paulette's Ballet Studio, 190 Oak St., Newton Upper Falls
Contact: 617-916-5757 or bestfootforward@attbi.com
Hamby Ballroom Dance Studios More Details »
Our Dance Studios teach Salsa as well as all forms of Latin dance including Mambo, Rumba, Cha Cha, Bolero, Samba, etc.

Latin and Salsa classes are offered on Monday evenings in Waltham (Temple Beth Israel, 25 Harvard St). Group classes and private lessons taught by Suzanne Hamby, former U.S. Champion and voted "Best Female Dance Teacher in the U.S."

Adult Education

Cambridge Center for Adult Education More Details »
Usually offers salsa dance classes
Boston Center For Adult Education More Details »
Ernie Garcia instructing, at 5 Commonwealth Ave, Boston
"Salsa is the hot, hot, hottest of the Latin American dances! Characterized by explosive movements, its beat is lively and sensuous and makes you want to get up and dance. Come enjoy this easy-to-learn, fun dance step and, who knows, you may get hooked." They also offer Latin Ballroom, and Latin Dance & Movement

[My first instructor! :) -Olaf]

Springstep More Details »
Usually offers salsa dance classes
Medford, MA

Ballroom Clubs

MIT Casino Rueda Group More Details »
Periodic workshops in Casino Rueda, dance parties, and performances
MIT Ballroom Dance Club and Ballroom Dance Team More Details »
Please see their website for seasonal schedule.
No partners or experience needed and dress is causual.
Line of Dance (hotline): 617-258-6554

North Shore

Greg Coles Dance and Drum More Details »
Greg offers a full program of Latin/African drumming and dance lessons on the North Shore. See website for current details.
Salsa Lessons at Marblehead School of Ballet More Details »

Call or check website for schedule
Marblehead School of Ballet 115 Pleasant St, Marblehead
(next to the Warwick Theater)

South Shore/Cape

Western Mass

New Hampshire

Salsa New Hampshire with Masacote, Manchester, NH More Details »
Masacote Dance School offers Group Salsa Classes and Private Lessons in New Hampshire.

Classes are taught at Queen City Ballroom 21 Dow St. Manchester, NH 03101
Paper Moon Dance Center, Merrimac, NH More Details »
Dance studio offering ballroom, Latin, & swing dancing.
515 Daniel Webster Highway
Merrimack, NH 03054
Royal Palace Dance Studio, Manchester, NH More Details »
Royal Palace Dance Studio offers private Salsa Dance Lessons 6 days per week. Salsa Group Dance Lessons are also available

657 Elm St, 2nd Floor
Manchester, NH 03101

Rhode Island

Private Lessons with Sarah Sloane (RI) More Details »
Teaching salsa in Rhode Island since 1995



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