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Welcome to SalsaMagic!
SalsaMagic is run by Miguel Angel Plaza, a Spanish UKA qualified dance instructor and actor. Miguel and his fellow UKA Qualified teachers have appeared in various television productions... for the BBC, "Ident for Salsa", "Happy Together",  "Eastenders", "Auf Wiedersehen Pet", "Casualty" and for ITV, "This Morning" and many more. In theatre, SalsaMagic supplied most of the cast for the production of "Salserella". We have also organised corporate events for: Sony, Westminster Energy, Sainsburys, Debenhams, SKY, BBC's the Good Morning show and various corporate bonding and team-building days.
Some of our past events...
St. Mary's Infants School, Croydon
 
The Chilli Festival, West Dean Gardens, Chichester

 
More... pictures of the dance lessons we gave for everyone — parents children and teachers — at the school.   More... pictures of this annual celebration of all things "Chilli": a mecca for devoted chilli fans from all over the World.

Swing Latino - 5 times world salsa champions teaching at SalsaMagic, Lewes
SalsaMagic are the only company that  managed to bring Swing Latino — the five times World Salsa Champions from Cali Columbia — to the south coast where they performed two shows and taught and danced with our happy  students.

This is Swing Latino teaching Cali style salsa to our students, as you can see there are no barriers of age, physicality, or race; just many people (some who have never danced before) laughing, having fun and learning to dance salsa.

 
This was one of the most memorable nights in our ten-year history — to see our students dancing, laughing, and holding their own with the five times World Salsa Champions. Salsamagic bringing people together, on the south coast and in London. This could be you... just come along to one of our classes at the Whitehart Hotel in Lewes near Brighton, East Sussex. Or sign up for an intensive beginners course, using the Contact Form below.

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Jhonatan and Lorena with their championship winning routine at SalsaMagic, Lewes

SalsaMagic was born on 20 January 2001 in Lewes, near Brighton, Sussex. Run by Spanish and UKA qualified teacher Miguel Angel Plaza, it established itself as one of the leading Sussex salsa clubs around Brighton and the south east. SalsaMagic have worked with some fantastic teachers, promoters and DJs. Miguel is a member of the United Kingdom Alliance of Dance Teachers; Equity and Spotlight.
 

Swing Latino - 5 times world salsa champions at SalsaMagic, Lewes

According to Canadian anthropologist Lise Waxer:

'...the El Paso Caleño or Calidance step is a rapid double time shuffle on the tips of the toes, combined with high kicks and rapid footwork. Turn patterns and some style combine the old Cuban Guaracha and Mambo, North American Jitterbug, Twist and the Charleston."
The level of competition amongst Salsa schools in Cali is fierce - testament to this is the city' s world Salsa dance Festival held in September.
 

SalsaMagic for hire SalsaMagic can supply DJs, salsa and merengue bands, entertainment for corporate functions, cabaret shows, weddings, theme nights, hen nights, birthdays and private parties. SalsaMagic can work to your budget and you are welcome to contact any of our previous clients. Please contact us for details. SalsaMagic can also arrange for bands, entertainment, and theme nights that are not Latin orientated. We can work throughout Sussex - Brighton, Hove, Eastbourne, Lewes, Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath etc.; Hampshire; Kent; South London and pretty much anywhere in the UK! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Swing Latino - 5 times world salsa champions at SalsaMagic, Lewes

Demonstrating a long tradition and love affair for popular dance, with an elegant street swagger, fast precise footwork and beautiful movements, this is a style developed after a process that traces back its beginnings to the 1940's. Cali Salsa dancers have taken the world by storm and Swing Latino has traveled extensively in the US, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia, competing, performing and promoting Cali and Colombia.
 

Who have we worked with? We've also been proud to work with Swing Latino, Robert Charlemagne, Miguel Rico, Miguel Monteiro, Elder Sanchez (Salsoteca) Phil, Mandy, & Leoncio (Salsa Republic/S4salsa/Love2salsa/Ola Latina/SimplySalsa), Will Robinson(Salsa Kingdom), Miguel Rico and Mayana, Frankie Santos, Helen Kiddle (Salsa & Cruise), Amanda Maitland, David and Simon (Green High Rocks), Fire (I Love Salsa), Peter & Amanda (Salsa Fiesta), Paul Young (Salsa UK), Imogen Moore (Bromley Salsa), Tracie Gooch (TLC), Mikey and Diane (Dance Dedication - Brighton), Carola (Brighton Dancing), Raymundo, Danny J (Club New York - Brighton), Bob (Salsa-asi), DJ Marquitos, DJ Luis Libres (aka Mr Bongo), Mr Julian M & Biscuit, Julian the Duke, Charles and Linda (SalsaTap - Brighton), SalsaKingdom, Moe Flex, Osbanis, Robert and Jean (Mambo City), Mike Hylton & Debbie, Iris De Brito(The Queen of Kizomba), Dani K (London Salsa), Richard Harris, Ansell Schezan, Julia (Salsa Julia), Leo Henriquez (Cubashe), Katanga and Laura (Salsa Katanga - Brighton), Lianne(SalsaLoco), Salsa Twist, Trevor (Babylon Lounge - Brighton).

Frank Santos & Alina - bachata performance at SalsaMagic, Lewes
Originally from the Dominican Republic, at the age of three Frank learnt Bachata from his grandfather.

Thanks to his talent and ability, he has mixed the original Dominican style with many modern dances. He has taught and performed throughout Europe and beyond - in France, Holland, Poland, Latvia, Bratislava, Slovenia, Italy, Germany, Israel, Brussels, Denmark, Sweden, Bulgaria, the U.S.A. and Cuba.

He is currently in Tallinn Estonia directing his dance school, and traveling the world teaching and performing.
 

Where does SalsaMagic happen? SalsaMagic happens every Sunday night at the White Hart Hotel in Lewes, Sussex, just outside Brighton. SalsaMagic has worked in Brighton, Eastbourne, Newhaven, Bexhill, Hastings, Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, Uckfield, Gatwick, Tunbridge Wells, Three Bridges, Crawley, Bognor and Portsmouth. Our salseros come from all these parts for that special SalsaMagic brand of salsa, merengue, bachata and kizomba.

Red, Religious or Rude Christmas Salsa Party - Part One
Artist, musician, and salsero Jim McCasso says of Red, Religious or Rude 2002:

"A great crowd of red was on display as I arrived for a hot, festive and groovy night.
Miguel manned the decks for
SalsaMagic and was playing "platters that matter complimented by the coolest guest DJ's playing the hottest tracks."

A great night with a friendly atmosphere, I must have danced with at least 20 gorgeous senoritas, in a fun packed non-stop evening of Latin dance."
 

What do we teach? SalsaMagic specialises in teaching a fun, high-energy, classy brand of salsa, based on the cross-body lead style. Our salsa merengue bachata and kizomba lessons and classes are held throughout Sussex - in Lewes, Brighton, Eastbourne, Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath - in the south east and we continue to bring some of the best UK and international salsa, merengue, bachata and kizomba teachers and performers to our Lewes and Brighton salsa events. We feature some slinky, sensual merengue lessons, where students get to let their inhibitions go and have some laughs while learning some unique merengue moves. Just like merengue, bachata is another super-sexy dance originating in the Dominican Republic - we regularly bring some of the best bachata dancers and bachata teachers to Lewes, Brighton and Sussex for some hot and steamy bachata lessons and cabarets. And new for 2010... kizomba! Yes, we are bringing the one and only Iris De Brito (The Queen of Kizomba)to Lewes, Sussex for some first-rate kizomba lessons and kizomba cabaret! Kizomba is the smooth, sexy dance currently taking Europe by storm - make sure you catch some of the fire!

Red, Religious or Rude Christmas Salsa Party - Part Two
Now in its 10th great year! The most fun, friendly and outrageous salsa event of the year.

Salseros from all over the UK flock to this unique event every year. Always a sell out so please reserve your tickets early to avoid disappointment! Dressing up (or down!) is recommended - click here for some ideas. Featuring all the past parties.

 



The SalsaMagic Story Miguel and team salsa magic have been teaching salsa in London and on the south coast for about 13 years, we have taught merengue, bachata, kizomba and salsa classes and lessons, DJ and performed shows, events put on salsa Latin bands, at the Havana in Portsmouth, the chili festival in west dean gardens Chichester, the end of term functions at Portsmouth university and Southsea and on taught salsa on the pier in Southsea. We have also taught salsa, bachata, merengue, kizomba lessons and classes in Bognor and Chichester , Littlehampton, at the chili festival in Chichester west dean gardens, where we have also put on salsa Latin bands, Cuban salsa bands, samba dancers, belly dancers and numerous other shows.

We have also taught salsa, Bachata, merengue and kizomba in Brighton and Hove where there is a really big Cuban salsa and LA salsa following, there have been some fantastic salsa teachers in Brighton and hove in the last fifteen years second only to the London salsa scene, dance students in Brighton and hove just cant get enough of the Cuban salsa flavour or the LA beats, there have been some great teachers and venues, Elder Sanchez, Piru, Julian the duke, John Armstrong were all coming down from London to teach and DJ 14 years ago and make the Latin / Cuban/ New York/ LA salsa scene what it is today, now you can dance salsa, Cuban, LA , New York salsa or bachata, merengue and kizomba every night of the week, and for Mick Urry promotions providing salsa classes, lessons for many golf and country clubs and salsa bands for weddings, corporate functions, hen nights and private parties,

We have also taught salsa classes and lessons in Haywards Heath at Claire Hall, Hassocks, and a few other villages in East Sussex . Hiring various salsa bands and putting shows on in Haywards heath, burgess hill and the surrounding areas, plus giving salsa classes / lessons Cuban and LA, merengue and bachata.

Also teaching salsa Cuban and LA in Tunbridge wells and guest DJ and teacher at the high rocks in Tunbridge wells, there has been a big salsa scene in Tunbridge wells at the high rocks that has been mainly driven and pioneered by David Ugo.

The London salsa scene has been alive for years but it use to be very underground now it is very fashionable to go to salsa classes and learn salsa, Miguel Angel Plaza has worked with the biggest promoters in London, Simply salsa, I Love salsa, Salsa republic, Mambo city, Miguel and Mayana , Richard Harris, Moe flex, Julian the Duke and Mr Julian M, Swing Latino, so if you are thinking of hiring a salsa band for your event  in London, Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex, Tunbridge wells, Haywards Heath, Lewes, Brighton, Hove, Chichester, Bognor, Portsmouth even up to Scotland and Birmingham.

Photos from past events and classes
Miguel & Mayana

Richard Harris & Faye

Iris de Brito - Kizomba UK

Swing Latino

Miguel Monteiro - Kizomba

Dani K & Edina

Robert Charlemagne & Katie

Red, Religious or Rude

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