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SHANNON SHIELL
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.

JAMIE

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!

GRANT

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.

COLIN

Senior Instructor


Colin likes to mix it up! Don’t expect him to remember a move in its original form ‘cos he can’t help but adapt it! He is the salsa move innovator of the team!


He’s also a valued team member ‘cos he’s a superb hairdresser and keeps us looking our best!

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!

WILLIAM

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!

DJ CHILANGOSON

Hails from Mexico and within 15 minutes of meeting for the first time, Shannon had him up doing a guest DJ slot before he knew what hit him!

SERGIO & PATRICIA

Bachata, Salsa, Son Cubano Senior Instructors


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.

We are hoping to get them to repeat their Son Cubano and Salsa styling course as well this year!

DJ D-VENT

Also from Mexico. He's a superb house DJ as well as salsa. He is particularly fond of timba and cuban beats and regaeton!

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