Mambo Vibes Salsa are offering Schools in Northampton FREE taster Salsa dancing workshop sessions either during school hours or immediatly after school finishes as part of an after school club activity.
Why are we doing this?
1. We would like to demonstrate to schools what dancing Salsa is all about, besides all the fun and enjoyment dance brings, it also helps develops social skills and self confidence. After seeing children taking part in the free promotional workshops, we hope that the school would consider working with us in either short term or long term projects, by offering Latin Dance workshops during the school period as part of the schools cultural Arts and Drama activities.
3. If you have a school fete, we would love to be part of it and we can bring with us a large sound system to provide background music, Public address, and interactive dance workshops, all in exchange for just allowing us to promote Latin dance to anyone at the school fete that might be interested.
Classes are taught by: Andy Lammiman
UKA (Licentiate) qualified Latin dance teacher
First Aid trained - ITC Level 2
Enhanced DBS Certified
Public liability insurance
(Certificates will be shown on request)
Andy is a fulltime dance teacher and promoter and has been dancing Salsa and other Latin dances since 2002, and started teaching dance in 2008.
Dancing Salsa and other related dances is fun and suitable for all ages from around 7 years upwards
Learn footwork and partnerwork
Learn how to social dance
Learn social and dance etiquette
If you would like to find out more about Mambo Vibes and our offer to provide free Salsa dance workshop taster sessions for your school...
Mambo Vibes currently work with the Univerisity of Northampton Student Union Salsa Society, we've also been employed to provide special one off dance workshops to various schools and colleges such as Boothville Primary (Northampton), Greenfields Primary (Kettering), Magdalen College School (Brackley), Pembrook College (Cambridge). Leciester University Student Union. We look forward to working with many more schools, colleges, and universities.
MV Junior Latin Dance club:
@ The Obelisk Centre, Obelisk Rise, Kingsthorpe, Northampton NN2 8UE
Currently group classes are only offered in a private setting with a limited number of six people in the class. The group classes offer great value at just £10.00 per session (2 hours). The size limititaion of the group class is purely because of the size of the room. Please ask for more details.
Private 1:1 Salsa dance classes:
Private lessons booked through Mambo Vibes are are provided by the club owner Andy Lammiman. I've been dancing Salsa since 2002, and started teaching in 2008. I started running my own club nights and events in 2009. Teaching Salsa dancing and promoting dance is now my full time job and I'm fully qualified as a Licentiate with the UKA - Club Dance Salsa Division. I provide private dance lessons at my home in Northampton and they are an excellent way to rapidly boost your dancing skills.
I have an in depth knowledge of club Salsa style dancing and can teach both mens and ladies dance footwork and technique. As well as Salsa dance classes I teach Bachata, Cha cha cha, and Merengue.
I constantly look to improve my own dance and regularly attend dance workshop events both here in UK and abroad. I will also take the occasional private dance lesson myself, you can never stop learning and improving.
Introduction to Salsa dancing with private dance lessons:
Some people just like to start out Salsa with some prior knowledge before attending their first group lesson, and some like to attend a few group lessons and then boost their dancing skills with private lessons. With an intensive 2 hour private beginners class I will be able to cover all the foundation steps and a few basic turn patterns. The private tuition will be absolutely tailored to your specific level. If you are a slow learner then the pace will be slow, on the other hand if you are a fast learner then more content will be added to maximise what you gain from the private lesson.
Improver and above private dance lessons:
Spinning - I will cover the setup and execution, identify and correct any issues that I can see affecting balance and timing so that you easily produce controlled double spins in time with the rhythm of the music both on your own and with a lead.
Styling - We will open up opportunities as to where and when it is best for you to add a little styling to your dance. You may be surprised at the huge number of occasions you can add style to your dance. Style should be a personal attribute you add to your dance and should always be integrated with your partner and the music.
Musical interpretation - As the head DJ at Mambo Vibes I have an extensive collection of Latin and other related dance music and as such I can provide the very best music within a private dance lesson. It can be focussed on music with a regular beat pattern, or the more complex Latin music with breaks and transitions. There are many ways to interpret your dance to the amazing dance floor tracks. Turn patterns can look very dull and awkward unless they are being danced within the rhythms of the music and this is something I very much focus on. The dance is led by the male lead, but that said ladies can gain more control and open the dance taking it more in a direction they wish it to go by following a few simple tips on how to achieve that.
Footwork - The footwork patterns used during warm ups are not always that easily picked up and many of the popular patterns can be covered as part of a private class. Generally speaking, I would recommend attending group workshops to learn complex shines.
Specifically for leads, you may have some wicked moves but you may find them difficult to lead at times. The reasons why turn patterns often fail to work is often down to the poor execution of the basic core moves, and/or it can simply be POSITIONING and TIMING. Dancing through your turn pattern I will observe your positioning and give you corrections to restructure the move and improve your lead to make the leading an absolute dream to execute which in turn releases more time and opportunity for you to prepare yourself for that next cool move.
Specifically for followers, you will get advise on how to follow more effectively and efficiently which releases more time for you to style and interpret the dance and not just be focussed totally on the turn patterns the guy is trying so hard to get you to do. We can always easily point the finger at the lead for a move not working, but there can often be elements in the way the follower is following that contributes to a move not being successful.
When things go wrong, and it does go wrong even for the very best of dancers. The music breaks unexpectedly, a move goes wrong, the timing gets lost, and so on and so forth, but it is possible to gloss over a mistake and I'll give you some recovery methods that will get you back in time again with anyone observing probably thinking wow!!! that was just another cool (intended) move!
If something you want to cover is not listed above then just contact me and I'll do my best to meet with your expectations. The time is yours, and I cover the things you want to cover.
£50.00 for 2 hours: 1 person
£50.00 for 2 hours: 2 persons maximum
£60.00 for 2 hours: 3 persons maximum
For all levels up to two people in the lesson. For men I prefer it if you can bring your own female partner if you don't have a partner I will try and help you find one who is willing to act as your follower and maybe even willing to split the cost with you. Assistant teachers are also available but an additional cost will apply.
To discuss simply call Andy: 07964 520672
Private lessons are usually held at my home address in Kingsthorpe, Northampton. But, if you want me to come to you the following round trip travel charges will apply:
6 - 20 miles from Northampton £10.00
21 - 30 miles from Northampton £15.00
31 - 40 miles from Northampton £20.00
Example 1: Northampton to Milton Keynes = 23 miles cost for round trip = £15
Example 2: Northampton to Kettering = 13 miles cost for round trip = £10
The key objective is to give you value for money, and the first thing to note is that there is no charge for last minute rescheduling/cancellations unless I have actually travelled to you, in which case all I would ask for is the travel charge to be covered. I am very fair and flexible with regards to appointments and appreciate situations do arise in life requiring last minute changes to plans and schedules. If you need to rearrange a scheduled private dance lesson you won't be penalised with a last minute cancellation charge. Private lessons can usually be arranged during week days and weekends.
From Mark (5/5): Fun, friendly and a great tutor. We only used as a one off lesson but if have again would definitely use Andy.
From Sandra (5/5): Perfect match for our needs. Explains well, mixing ideas if we struggle to grasp the steps. Close to home and flexible with timing. Would recommend.
From Kelly (5/5): We have had our first private lesson with Andy and it went very well. Andy was great at teaching us the basics (we are complete novices!) and we're now looking forward to our next lesson. We're confident that Andy will make decent dancers out of us for our first dance at our wedding
From Hayley (5/5): What a great guy to work with, patience of a saint! and always with a smile. Comprehensive knowledge of various styles of Salsa and passionate to pass on his vast knowledge of the perfect move to students.
From Talei (5/5): Great instructor for my first attempts at Salsa. Really enjoyed the lessons… progressed relatively quickly as it was one to one… without adopting too many bad habits (hopefully!) I love it and highly recommend taking this type of lesson if you are keen to learn… Thanks for endless patience Andy.
From Andy (5/5): Very helpful. I learned a great deal in a short time. Andy even arranged for a partner for me, would recommend him to any looking to improve their Salsa.
From Radhika (5/5): Andy is a brilliant dance teacher. He taught my husband and I our first dance for our wedding. He made it easy and so fun to learn as we were initially nervous. We loved our first dance! Thank you so much Andy!!
Hi, my Latin dance shoes are available to view and try on at all Mambo Vibes club nights. I ensure that my shoes are affordable, without sacrificing quality, and that they come in a range of beautiful styles, colours and designs. Feel free to come and browse shoes - you won't have to pay admission for the Salsa classes (unless you want to take part in the classes of course!). If we don't have your size or style in stock we can order in for you with no obligation to buy. Happy dancing! Alice x
We are constantly adding to our collection and the majority of our shoes start from just £30.00. The shoes are suitable for all types of social dancing icluding Salsa, Bachata, Latin ballroom, Tango, Ceroc, and Jive. We are currently sourcing suppliers of mens shoes, and jazz shoes.
All our shoes can be viewed and tried for size at any of the Mambo Vibes regular club nights. We can also arrange to attend your club or party night, plus in addtion we can also if so desired arrange guest teaching and DJing. For more information please contact us