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Founded in 1998 by Sharie Dekorte, we started the Salsa Revolution in KL and Malaysia, and are proud to be the 1st salsa school representing Malaysia USA, Japan, and many other international dance festivals around the world. Our instructors are firmly based in Kuala Lumpur and teach some of the best in Salsa, Bachata, Chacha, and everything street latin.


What Makes Us Special

the development of our students is Number One objective, everything else is just details...


We're passionate about every student's progress. And we're proud to provide the complete package: a comfortable learning environment, progressive classes, and guidance during and after classes. Whether you have any dance background or want to augment your repertoire, our dance programs will teach how to have fun and dance well.


New Salsa Intake

(Join On Start Date)

 

no experience necessary, partners not needed but welcome, so come alone or with friends!

Salsa at HESD
Salsa Beginner 1
new class starting!
27/May Wed 9-10pm
(confirmed)

looking for interest!
Sun 7-8pm
(need a few more before we firm a start date)

RM240* for 8 classes

Emily 012-305-8503
or Sam 012-280-6969
 
updated 20/05/15

 

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Open Classes

(Join Anytime)

 

Some salsa experience a plus

Ladies, no need men, come on your own! or bring friends. ..

Salsa at HESD
Ladies Shines & Styling (Open)
on-going classes either:
Tue 8-9pm
or Sat 3-4pm

RM240* for 8 classes

Aisha 012-201-8690
 
Do call me before you come for your first class, thank you!

 

 

 


While it's always better to drop by our studio and check us out, most of our students who tell their friends about all the fun they have with their Salsa classes generally just come on the 1st day to register and start classes.

Most important for newbies: try 8 weeks of Salsa B1, and then if you like it, then by all means continue to have fun!


But for those of you who have dance background or who need to know the big picture, we have a core program that spans beyond the early Beginner levels, even beyond the first few years where most Salsa schools stop teaching group classes. Program Overview - Simple

For an extensive overview, click here.


Group classes are the best way to learn social dancing - no matter how much background you have - but those who need that little more private attention, ask us about our Private Classes. In the end, while it's a good supplement, we always find group classes give dancers the most mileage, and is most affordable!


 

Closed Classes

(Requires Instructor Permission)

 

Salsa B2 & Salsa Imp1,
with Emily, Dom, or Sam. intended for students who have completed our Salsa Beginer 1 or "Salsa B1". includes partnerwork patterns, essential Lead / Follow, basic musicality, shines, styling, and introducing this year (effective Apr'15) easy modules to improve essential technicalities like frame, connection, feeling, and form. we try to do our best to stick to Salsa B1 intake day & time, when class size goes below 6-8 students, we will arrange otherwise.

 

Instructor: Emily, or Dom, or Sam, or Amir / Leina / Yoke Lai (combo).

Class Time: by Intake.

Duration: 1 hr.

Price: RM240* for 8 classes.

 

Salsa Improver 2
prepares students for Intermediate 1, will focus on enhancing Beginner essentials with a focus on everything you need for social dancing. partnerwork patterns focus on improving & reinforcing everything learned in past months, plus always something new to learn! from time to time, material will mirror parts of Salsa Intermediate 1. RM240* for 8 classes, 1 hour a class.

 

Instructor: Sam.

Class Time: Wed 8pm.

Duration: 1 hr.

Price: RM240* for 8 classes

Salsa at HESD

 

Salsa Intermediate 1
the meat of our Core Program where students who love social dancing who need something new for that week's outing. or for students who just love learning something new. students who do well and see development tend to come consistently for class. RM240* for 8 classes, 1 and 1/2 hours a class.

 

Instructor: Sam & assistant (whenever available).

Class Time: Tue 9pm or Sat 4pm.

Duration: 1 1/2 hrs.

Price: RM240* for 8 classes.

 

Salsa Intermediate 2
with Sam. by invitation only. material will either mirror Salsa Intermediate 1 at a higher level, include a Shine routine, body movement & isolation, a mini-choreo to music for musicality, or it's just a surprise! Definitely the pinnacle of our Core Program. for performers and non-performers, but most of all for social dancers! RM240* for 8 classes, 2 hours a class.

 

Instructor: Sam & Adela / Emily / Leina (whenever available).

Class Time: Sun 4pm.

Duration: 2 hrs.

Price: RM240* for 8 classes.


 

By Intake Classes

 
Bachata Beginner Lvl 1
with Sam. intended for students who have some basic Salsa or partner dance experience. join without experience with instructor permission. we try to do our best to stick to intake day & time, when class size goes below 6-8 students, we will arrange otherwise.

 

Instructor: Sam.

Class Time: by Intake.

Duration: 1 hr.

Price: RM240* for 8 classes.

 

Sam's note to self: update Rueda, Chacha, and other dance programs. tq.

 

Student Testimony

3 letters: F-U-N!!! :-)


Christine Wu (Jan'10 Intake)

Coming back to the studio always brings back a lot of good memories.


Robin Koh (Jun'03 Intake), Instructor, Fusion Dance Shaghai, China.

This is the man that showed me salsa, that influenced my love for salsa and also influenced my style of teaching. I've learned from the best!


Johan Haris ('02 Intake), Latin Dance Nation, Australia.

Salsa's a good form of body therapy. u gonna meet lots of exciting people at Havana Estudio :)


Maslina Mohamad (Jan'11 Intake)

Salsa is a life-changing experience. Enjoyable music, intricate dance moves, THIS is life...


Andrew Tng (Sep'05 Intake)

Great teachers, fun company, and class environment. We're coming back to classes soon! :)


Serina Sue Ibrahim (Feb'11 Intake)

Salsa makes me feel sexy n confident, Havana Estudio is the best place to learn n enjoy!


Ong Tou (Oct'06 Intake)

You guys are the bomb!! Super proud to be a Havana Estudio student!!


Adela Ida (Feb'08 Intake)

It used to be time-out after work. Now part of my life, Salsa is sexy & sensual. And everyone is so friendly.


Tang Wei Yee (Apr'10 Intake)

I love the structure... I've learned solid technique which is key to being confident on the dance floor. All thanks to Havana Estudio!


Arin Askandar (Sep'09 Intake)

The best place to meet the coolest people in town, Havana Estudio instructors are fun & lively! Let's salsa and forget all the other stuff :)


Fong Kit Wah (Oct'10 Intake)

Salsa's an awesome dance, challenging n expressive. To experience is to indulge...


Freddy Loh (Jul'07 Intake)

Havana Estudio's given me a solid foundation. The creativity of partnerwork I've learned is second to none - they're fun & it works on the dance floor!


Tung Swee Puan ('05 Intake)

Salsa is sensual. I like Havana Estudio bcoz I enjoy da company. They r down to earth people...


Diana Jaafar (Jun'07 Intake)

Dancing is good 4 body, mind, n spirit. Salsa is spontaneous, easy n fun. Instructors are methodical, pleasant n encouraging...


James Ong (Jul'09 Intake)

Thank for giving me such good training in following. Also, for producing so many fun social dancers over the years...


Marion Qua (Feb'05 Intake)

You are the best master I have seen so far and really thank you so much...


Rajah Muthukrishnansamy (Mar'12 Intake)

It is undeniable that Havana Estudio guys have the best etiquette in town...


Linnet Lee (Jun'09 Intake)

Salsa always puts a smile on my face, keeps me in shape, and I'm always in a better mood...


Darren Tan (Apr'10 Intake)

I found joy in Salsa. Havana Estudio's not just a studio it's a family. Great friendships can be found in dancing...


Jameela Abdul Manap (Apr'10 Intake)

Experienced & passionate, our instructors understand & patiently guide students. For someone who has never danced before this, now I can. Thanks, Havana Estudio!


Bernard Lee (Oct'10 Intake)

Life = Fun! = Salsa!! = Havana Estudio!!


Regina Neoh (Jun'07 Intake)

I found Salsa is a healthy social activity. And Havana Estudio is a good place where I learn from day one. Instructors have passion in teaching!


Jai Othman (Jul'08 Intake)

Salsa is a very expressive dance, Havana Estudio is great because instructors make learning so fun & easy!


Teoh Sue Ling (Jan'11 Intake)

Open Hours

Tue-Fri 7:30pm-10:30pm,

Sat 2:30-5:30pm,

Sun 2:30-9:30pm.

 

Class Location

56A Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur.

TTDI is very near to Mont Kiara, Hartamas, Bangsar, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, and the Damansara area.

 

Class Fees

All classes are RM240 for 8 weeks, 1 class a week. Classes during major holidays like CNY, Raya, Deepavali, Xmas / New Year are pushed to after the holidays with no loss of classes for paid students.

 

 

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Discounts

* Salsa B1 Early Bird Discount

RM40 discount if fully paid (RM200 cash) before class 1 day, on class start date the normal RM240 cash rate will apply.

Class Packages

For continuing students, a.k.a. after Salsa B1, we also offer other discounts and packages.

 

Class Types

By Intake = anyone can join, take note of start date, after 1st class, most likely better to wait for our next intake, we have new salsa classes starting once every 1 or 2 months.

Open = join anytime, best to touch base with the instructor before joining.

Closed = by instructor permission, specific pre-requisites need to be met, call an instructor or Sam at 012-280-6969 to discuss

 

 


News Archive

 
General News - updated 16th April 2015:

* After hours and hours of deliberation, we have launched our new Salsa B1 and Salsa B2 syllabus, with Salsa Imp1 launching sometime in Apr'15.

* With the exception of Feb'15 (Chinese New Year), we are trying our best to offer new intakes every month for our Salsa B1 class, always on a different day & time for the benefit of new students, including Sam's new Sun 8pm slot.

* Congratulations to all teachers and students of Havana Estudio on our 17th Anniversary as of 19th April 2015!

* In commemoration of our 17th, we just concluded a 1-week promo special package rate 7-14 April 2015. Look out for more news via your instructors' class whatsapp groups!

* Coming soon: Bachata classes (Beginner) requires zero experience, Street Chacha (Beginner) requires 1 year salsa experience, and Dips, Lifts, and Tricks - stay tuned!!

 

15th March, 2015: Congratulations to our new Salsa Instructor trainees: Leina Mohamed, Poon Yoke Lai, and Amir Othman!

After months of training, three of our more advanced students are now teaching Salsa under Sam's supervision. With between 2 and 4 years of Salsa experience and countless hours of training under their belt, we know you'll enjoy teaching and sharing what you know.

At Havana Estudio, we believe in continuous learning, and even when class is over, our Instructors are very likely to continue guiding students, especially in their Salsa journey from classes to enjoying social dancing.

 

8th November, 2014: Our 133th Salsa Social + Ladies Shines & Styling Performance!

Our monthly studio party with a special performance by the hot hot hot ladies from our Ladies Shines & Styling classes, under program director and Instructor Aisha. We had an incredible night with the performance show, our very own in-house Salsa DJ Dom playing selection of Salsa, Bachata, Son, Chacha, and much more!

27th October, 2014: Closure of Havana Estudio HQ, 34B Persiaran Zaaba, TTDI.

It is with a heavy heart that Havana Estudio HQ is now closed. Swing dance classes are now taught at Havana Estudio Salsa Division at 56A Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, TTDI. Thank you for your support!

 

20th September, 2014: Our 131st Salsa Social + Rueda De Casino Performance!

A special edition studio party with a performance from our very own "KL Caliente!" a student Rueda performance group. During our socials, students from Beginner, Improver, and Intermediate levels, friends of Havana Estudio, and alumni/ae. Music by DJ Salsa Sam playing you Salsa, lot of classic Mambo, Bachata, and some Son and Chacha on demand.

16th August, 2014: Our 130th Salsa Social + Dips, Lifts, and Tricks Performance!

A special edition studio party with a special Dips, Tricks, and Lifts performance by our instructors Raj & Ai Ling, under program director and Instructor Sam. Music by DJ Salsa Sam playing you Salsa, lot of classic Mambo, Bachata, and some Son and Chacha on demand.

24th & 28th June, 2014: Launch of Ladies Shines & Styling (Open) Classes

Our monthly studio party with a special performance by the hot hot hot ladies from our Ladies Shines & Styling classes, under program director and Instructor Aisha. We had an incredible night with the performance show, our very own in-house Salsa DJ Dom playing selection of Salsa, Bachata, Son, Chacha, and much more!

3rd & 10th May, 2014: Intro to Son Cubano by Los Soneros (Open) Classes

With guest instructor Kai from Los Soneros, Malaysia, we are proud to bring you a 2-part series of workshops as an Introduction to Cuban Son. The workshop will start with an essential history & music segment, where you will learn how to identify the essential percussion sounds of the Cuban Son, and get you feeling the music. This promises to be an eye-opener, even to long-time social dancers of Salsa, especially when the same skill can be used to feel and dance to Salsa, Chacha, and other popular dances. You must attend 3/May before 10/May.

22nd February, 2014: Havana Estudio's 126th Salsa Social (Salsa Division)

Come party with us at our end-month Salsa Social. Our students, alum, and friends will partying the night away in the comforts of our studio! Ideal for those who wanna see how music-addicted passion-infused salsa students of our studio dance the night away. The return of our Instructor Aisha! At Havana Estudio Salsa Division, 56A Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, TTDI. Please contact Emily 012-305-8503, Raj 012-369-6790, or Dom 013-361-9999.

 
16th February, 2014: Havana Estudio CSR to SHELTAR Petaling Jaya

Our CSR in support of activities on 16th February Sun 2-4pm at Sheltar, 9 Jalan Barat, Petaling Jaya. Sharie, our Principal, will bring along our instructors Luciano (Hip Hop), Akio (Hip Hop), Kong Eu (Rhythm Tap), and Bryan (Rhythm Tap), and other instructors and students. We're planning some fun-filled cheers for the children and staff. Join us! Please contact Sharie 012-295-2890 or Bryan 016-341-7005.

 

4th & 8th January, 2014: New Bachata Classes

Every Sat 4-5pm or Wed 9-10pm! At Havana Estudio Salsa Division, 56A Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, TTDI. Classes will incorporate our all-new 2014 Bachata syllabus, and will focus on not only basic steps but - more importantly - feeling the music and good body movement. Classes are twice a week, with a mirror class to make sure you don't miss your once a week classes. Please contact Sam 012-280-6969.

 
17th July, 2013: New Swing Class Intake

Every Wednesday 8-9pm! At Havana Estudio HQ, 34B Persiaran Zaaba, TTDI. After our very popular free trial class last week 10/Jul, we are proud to present Swing classes every Wed 8-9pm. Please contact Sharie at 012-295-2890 or email.

 
28th April, 2013: New Bachata Class Intake

Every Sunday 3-4pm starting 28/04/13! Classes incorporate all-new syllabus, and will focus on not only steps but feeling the music and good body movement. Learning Bachata will increase your repertoire of dances you can dance at our studio and club parties, as well as improve your Salsa and dance skills in general. Ask anyone who's in this class, they can testify! Requires Salsa B1 or permission of instructor. For more info, please see our Bachata page or contact Sam 012-280-6969.

 
9th April, 2013: Launch of our Street Chacha Program

Based on the 40+ people who enjoyed our workshop at our studio party in March, we are proud to launch our Street Chacha classes. Requires Salsa experience, Salsa Imp1 recommended for Level 1, Salsa Int1 recommended for Levrl 2.

 
16th March, 2013: Launch of our Dominican-style Bachata program

We are now offering a new dance program called "Dominican style" Bachata. This 2-hour Workshop now continues with on-going classes at Sat 5-6pm, i.e. our Bachata Level 2, bringing you the latest trends in the world of Bachata for students with Salsa and Bachata experience.

 
12th March, 2013: New Releases in our Music Club

We are now offering 7 new Salsa and 7 new Bachata music CDs for members of our Music Club. Music especially selected, remixed, and compiled by DJ SalsaSam to give you a variety of music to inspire your dancing, build your music collection, and for pure pleasure. Includes evergreen stuff from the classic 70s to all-new 2013 releases. Get yours today!

 
10th March, 2013: Congratulations to our new Salsa Instructor: Dom Kee!

After months of training and a stringent selection process, another of our more advanced students are now certified to teach Salsa. With at least 4 years of Salsa experience and at least 500 hours of training under his belt, we know you'll enjoy teaching and sharing what you know.

At Havana Estudio, we believe in continuous learning, and even when class is over, our Instructors are very likely to continue guiding students, especially in their Salsa journey from classes to enjoying social dancing.

 
3rd March, 2013: Ladies & Men's Salsa Dance Shoes available at our studio

For those who don't have the time to go to the specialist shoe shop, we are now offering dance shoes at our studio. Please check out our collection in our display cabinet at our studio reception.

 
14th February, 2013: Studio Renovation

Thank to your continued support, we managed to squeeze in a little renovation to our studio to give you a newer & better studio in this new Chinese New Year of the Snake!

 
11th January, 2013: Re-Launch of our Beginner Socials

After organizing a few in 2011 and 2012, we are re-launching a new & improved Beginner Social program. These are Beginner-exclusive Salsa parties in the comforts of our studio, where students have a fun time practicing their Salsa moves with the classmates and have exclusive access to all our Salsa Instructors and more advanced students. Based on feedback, our Beginners love the party concept and find themselves transformed from just class room students to dancers with confidence and have a great time!

 
29th December, 2012: Discounts for Early Bird, Student Referral, and Package Purchases

In our bid to ease the financials of our continuing students and encourage early registration of new students, we are now offering discounts & special rates. New Beg1 students who register with full payment before Class 1 day get RM40 off, new Beg1 students who register 7 days in advance get free membership to our Music Club, while continuing students enjoy Student Referrals, Early Bird discounts (RM20 off), and Package Purchases (up to 20% to 50% off class fees). Also, your early registration allows us to ensure a good number of girls & guys for partner dancing!

 
8th December, 2012: Launch of our 2013 Salsa Syllabus

Havana Estudio is known as one of the best studios to learn Salsa in Malaysia. Our emphasis on our structured program quickly transform students (who don't miss class) from zero to hero in a fun environment. Our students develop strong fundamentals, proper basics, and find a lot of joy from Salsa dancing! Like a good university where new research & development in post-doc/grad-level research programs trickle down to improvements in the way first-year students are taught, we tweak our entire syllabus every year.

This year, Improvements are made with the student as our #1 priority, making it easy for new students to learn Salsa (Beg1), retain moves learnt in class (Beg1 & Beg2), giving students a good variety of dance moves (Beg1, Beg2, and Imp1), and transitioning our students to the Intermediate level (Imp2). We continuously update our syllabus with the latest trends in the Salsa universe, incorporating new techniques in dancing, spinning, and styling from the beginning and especially at our Intermediate levels (Level 5, 6 and 7).

12-15/10/12 12th-15th October, 2012: Havana Estudio represents Malaysia at the 2012 Singapore International Salsa Festival

At one of the most prestigious salsa festivals in the region, with three teams, 20 dancers, 3 amazing Salsa and Bachata choreographies, and an entourage of over 50 students from Malaysia. You guys rocked the international stage!

02/10/13 2nd October, 2012: Congratulations to our new Salsa Instructors: Jerry Lee & Adela Jiram!

After months of training and a stringent selection process, two of our more advanced students are now certified to teach Salsa. With at least 4 years of Salsa experience and at least 500 hours of training under their belt each, we know you'll enjoy teaching and sharing what you know.

22/09/12 22nd September, 2012: Havana Estudio's 14th Anniversary Party

Our studio celebrated our 14th year at the prestigious Bentley Music Auditorium with performances by 46 dancers, 4 amazing choreographies and teams. It was a definite night to remember!

05/05/12 5th May, 2012: Congratulations to our new Salsa Instructors: Raj Subramaniam & Emily Chua!

After months of training and a stringent selection process, our more advanced students are now certified to teach Salsa. With at least 5 years of Salsa experience and at least 500 hours of training under their belt each, our Instructors are chosen not only because they can dance but genuinely care for their students.

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