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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.

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.

 

 

 

Other Open Classes

(Join Anytime)

 

Salsa Intermediate 1 (Open)
our core Salsa program where social dancers learn the move of the week, plus other essentials like shines, spinning, styling, and much more!

 

(students who show aptitude and attitude at the lower levels will be immediately promoted to this level, recommended by the class instructor, approved by the Salsa Program Director, Sam)

 
on-going classes either:
Tue 9:00-10:30pm
or Thu 9:00-10:30pm

RM240* for 8 classes

Sam 012-280-6969

 

Salsa at HESD
Rueda Intermediate (Open)
on-going class on:
Thu 7:30-9:00pm

RM240* for 8 classes

Sam 012-280-6969

 

Bachata Intermediate (Open)
on-going classes:
Wed 9:00-10:00pm

RM240* for 8 classes

Sam 012-280-6969


 

New Bachata Intake

(Join On Start Date)

 

Salsa at HESD
Bachata Beginner (By Intake)
Our next intake starts either:
1/Nov Sat 5:15-6:15 pm (Sam)

RM240* for 8 classes

 

Salsa experience recommended

Partners a plus, but not required

We change partners during class

 

 

Closed Classes

(Requires Instructor Permission)

 

Salsa B2, Imp1, Imp2 (Closed)
for students in our program only, includes Partnerwork, Lead/Follow, Basic Musicality, Shines, Styling.

RM240* for 8 classes

 

Salsa Pre-Intermediate (Closed)
for students and who don't social dance but who love salsa dancing and need some extra time before social dancing or joining Intermediate

RM240* for 8 classes

 

Salsa Intermediate 2 (Closed)
students who have completed first 4 levels of the Salsa program, and who have for students and who don't social dance but who love salsa dancing and need some extra time before social dancing or joining Intermediate

RM240* for 8 classes



 

 

 

 

New Salsa Intake

(Join On Start Date)

 

Absolutely no experience necessary!

Partners optional, most people come alone!

Salsa at HESD
Salsa Beginner 1 (By Intake)
our next intake starts either:
25/Nov Tue 8:00-9:00pm (Dom)
or 29/Nov Sat 4:00-5:00pm (Aisha)

RM240* for 8 classes

Dom 013-361-9999
or Aisha 012-201-8690
 
After the start date, please contact the instructor immediately.

 


 

Open Classes

(Join Anytime)

 

Ladies Shines & Styling (Open)
on-going classes either:
Tue 8:00-9:00pm
or Sat 2:45-3:45pm

RM240* for 8 classes

Aisha 012-201-8690

 

What Makes Us Special

The development of our students is NUMBER ONE. This is our primary objective, everything else is just details.

 

Open Hours

Tue-Thu 7pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 2-7pm.

 

Class Location

56A Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, TTDI, Kuala Lumpur.

Taman Tun Dr Ismail 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, 1 hour a class. 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.

* Cash Discount

RM240 cash for 8 classes, normal price starts on class 1 day, RM40 discount if fully paid in cash before class 1 day.

Class Packages

For students in Salsa B1, we also offer other discounts and packages.

 

Class Types

Open = Anyone can join, with or without experience. Self assessment strongly advised. You can always talk to the instructor before joining.

By Intake = Anyone can join but must start on a specific start date of Class i.e. Class #1. After which, instructor has discretion to admit students after required class(es).

Private = By instructor permission only. Requires specific pre-requisites to be met. Always better to discuss one-on-one, please contact us.

 

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)

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News Archive

 
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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