“Salsa is for everyone, no matter what age, ability, shape, size, sex, colour or class. It’s guaranteed fun and great exercise” Her background is from teaching. Amanda now holds a UKA Salsa Dance qualification, one of the only two recognised Salsa Dance qualification bodies and also has a Degree in Education. Having taken lessons with some well known teachers in London, such as Cliff Joseph, Julian the Duke and Alastair Sadler, Amanda started to assist with Miguel Montiero and began herself to teach in 2001. Amanda Maitland teaches many styles and levels including crossbody, Cuban casino and rueda.

Special Events projects include:

  1. Presenting free events for the public in Canary Wharf, where she coordinated and taught 3 consecutive Summer Seasons of Music & Dance Events.
  2. Coordinating aftershow parties in association with Comono & Streetbeat Salsa Co.
  3. Working with Sadler's Wells Theatre to coordinate & present cabaret classes post performance for the hit West End show Havana Rakatans.
  4. Hosting a series of ‘Dance Club’ nights at The Sadler's Wells Lilian Baylis Theatre, which brings dance to the public who might normally watch others performs.
  5. Amanda is also working again with Sadler's Wells theatre in 2008, as Havan Rakatan have returned return for a four month tour. That will include working at The Dome, Brighton, The Peacock Theatre, London and other theatres round the country.

Salsa was the re-birth of Amanda’s career and she loves all aspects of it. She found herself in this world almost by accident. It is not only great fun, but it has allowed her to meet great people and travel.

It was the Americans who coined the phrase 'salsa' as it means a mixture, but they certainly did not invent the dance.

It is danced all over the world and there are a multitude of styles. It’s origins and who actually invented it are disputed. The Cubans, The Puerto Ricans, The Colombians, they all have their claim on the dance, but whoever and whenever it started both the Latin and the Caribbeans played a large part in its evolution. It is said that the English and the French brought a country dance called Danzon to Haiti, where it was mixed with African rhythms and cultures that it developed.


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