Director , Senior Instructor & DJ

Meet the energetic Shannon Shiell, the Academia de Salsa's founder and director!

Shannon formed the Academia De Salsa some 20 years ago, originally as a hobby while she completed her Latin American studies at Glasgow University and learned salsa in Colombia and Cuba.

Shannon is a full time promoter of Salsa and her innovation keeps the Scottish salsa scene kicking!

Taking salsa into mainstream pubs and clubs, creating the Sunday Social, mini-congresses and introducing proper salsa course structures are just a few of her strokes of genius that has spawned a plethora of teachers and inspired other schools over the years.

Shannon also formed and heads the Academia's Latin Kollective of DJs.


Senior Instructor

Jamie is a scientist by day and salsa guru by night!

Shannon remembers a time when Jamie was shy and quiet, not not any more!
In his first year teaching with us he secured his popularity with our students for his wit and patience...and his booming voice!


Senior Instructor & DJ

Grant DJs at most of our events and is a well loved member of the team!

Grant also teaches salsa and bachata.

He’s a smooth dancer, always very welcoming and has a wicked sense of humour, usually conveyed through his customised T-shirts.

TIO FRANK…Our Salsa Patriarch!

FRANK is an inspiration to us all, old and young alike.

His vitality in life and on the dance floor has won him many admirers, not to mention dance competitions too!

Youthful, with 83 years of experience behind him, we all ADORE our Tio Frank! He is our welcome committee and official party patriarch...he is usually the first and last man standing!


Senior Instructor

William is our salsa styling expert and at socials gets totally swept away by the music!
Look out for him, as his musical interpretation skills are superb!
William teaches our Southside classes in Shawlands!

He is also a hair stylist by day, so don’t be afraid to ask him for a hair appt too!


Bachata, Salsa, Son Cubano Senior Instructors & DJ

This lovely couple joined us last year and have built up quite a following for themselves through their highly popular bachata styling classes every Thursday at ARTA.

Sergio has recently joined our DJ Kollective too and can really fill the dancefloor!

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Dan started out as our office assistant and was literally force fed salsa to the point that he started creating his own salsa playlists !

We let him explore and experiment with salsa tracks that he researched and sourced himself and were impressed at what turns out to be a natural ear for the music.
Being a non-salsa dancer he brings a fresh and exciting perspective to the music he plays as well.


Senior Instructors and choreographers in CBL ( Cross - Body salsa style)

Bringing you experience from over 10 years of teaching, salsa competitions and even dance TV shows, Alex and Valeria guarantee you that learning crossbody salsa will be the perfect way to relax, have fun and make new friends. They can't wait to meet you!

Come along and see what the other main type of salsa is like but leave your dile que no at the door ! haha