New Year's Salsa 2 Bootcamp (High-Beginner)










*Enrollment limited to 28 students to ensure high quality.  Prepay to save your spot :)

The Salsa 2 Bootcamp is intended for the student who has a general understanding of a few basic moves (Basic Step, Basic Right Turns, Cross Body Lead) and is ready to do a little more!

If you have been to our classes, you are already taking the Salsa 2 classes, or have taken a few Salsa 1 classes and are familiar with the basic moves stated above.  (If you are unsure if your ready for the Salsa 2 Bootcamp, don't hesitate to ask)

No partner necessary.

During this 3-hour intensive we will learn, review, and combine Salsa 2 shines (solo moves) and several partner patterns, and also introduce the tricks, skills, and etiquette required to dance well and HAVE FUN at the clubs and in a social setting.  At the end of the 3 hours, you will have progressed one stride further from your current level of dancing, and have the confidence and motivation to apply your skills socially and further your dance training.

*Salsa 3 students are welcome and encouraged to attend for extra practice.



3:30-3:45  Warm-Up and Shines

3:45-4:30  Pattern 1 (Cross Body Lead & Open Break Variations)

4:30-5:15  Pattern 2 (Pretzel & Free Spin Variations)

5:15-6:00  Combining Pattern I, II, & Shines; Social Dancing Skills, Etiquette, & Tricks

6:00-6:30  Structured Social Dancing Practice



$35 / Person (Prepaid Online:

$60 /Couple (Prepaid Online:

$45 / Person (Paid At-the-Door)


The goal of group classes and workshops are to create a warm positive community of local people, while building a strong foundation in salsa dancing. We will always be open to feedback, so we can maximize the experience of the members, so let us know your thoughts.

<<Program Concepts>> Proper Technique, Understanding of Musicality, Repetition, Syllabus, Individual Attention within a Group Class Environment, Progression, and Community-Building will be emphasized each Session.


<<What to Bring>> Water Wear comfortable clothing - for those who sweat a lot, bringing an extra shirt is recommended Dance Shoes. For those who do not have dance shoes, dress shoes with a slippery sole (non-rubber) are recommended.


Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

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Marisa Hamamoto

Marisa is a professional salsa and ballroom dancer and instructor, originally from Orange County and Tokyo, Japan. She currently partners highly reputed Hollywood film choreographer Allen Walls, and other top professionals in the LA/OC area. In addition to salsa and ballroom, Marisa has an extensive 20-year training and professional performing background in ballet and contemporary dance in both the US and Japan.  Marisa earned both her BA and MA on merit scholarships from Keio University, the “Harvard” of Japan.  Linking her dancing with her academic studies, Marisa researched and published papers in the fields of Dance Science and Dance Education, and served on leadership for the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science between 2007-2010.  Marisa started salsa and ballroom dancing (in Tokyo) while recovering from Spinal Cord Infarction, a severe nervous disease which laid her paralyzed from the neck down.  Understanding and experiencing the physical, emotional, and spiritual rehabilitative benefits of dancing through her own recovery, Marisa recently taught social dancing to a group of individuals affected with Parkinsons disease through an organization named “Parkinsons in Balance”, over an extended period of time.  As a dance instructor, Marisa has a mission to share the joy of dancing with the community and to help people build confidence and reach their personal and professional goals through dancing.  As a dancer, performer, and choreographer, Marisa hopes to continue to grow and challenge herself in ways she is yet to discover.


Allen Walls

Allen Walls has worked on over 40 motion pictures as an actor, dancer, and choreographer.  His credits include teaching Antonio Banderas his steamy tango in "Take the Lead", Ben Stiller his crazy Mambo in "Along Came Polly", and dancing with Selma Hayek in "Lonely Hearts".  Other films Allen has danced in include "Rumor Has It", "Shall We Dance", "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights", "Dance With Me", "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl", "Austin Powers: Goldmember", "Salsa", and "Mambo Kings".  His acting credits include "Junior", "Dracula: Dead and Loving It", "Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School", "Out to Sea", and "Valentina's Tango", just to name a few.  Outside of Hollywood films, Allen has performed, choreographed, written, produced, and directed many shows and events, and continues to be active all-around in the entertainment industry.  Recently, in October 2011, he wrote, produced, and directed the World Dance Awards, an red-carpet awards event honoring the best in media choreography.  In addition to his work in the entertainment industry, Allen is also a certified yoga instructor and USA Boxing Coach.


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