In February 2013, TNT Dance launched it’s first NY Style Social at Expression Dance Studio; this was a social during the day and proved to be a great success with a peak of 120 dancers in May 2013. This was an idea ahead of its time in London but unfortunately stopped once Expressions Dance Studios closed its doors.
As daytime socials are now commonplace at most festivals, I have decided to host one on Saturday 28th April at The Boston Music Room, and hopefully, with your support, this will be the first of many. This will feature two fantastic DJs: DJ Rupert Boyle from Bristol, and DJ Asmadi from Paris; I cannot wait to hear them creating magic together.
The day will kick off with an advanced class from 2-3pm, Intermediate class from 3-4pm, both with myself. The day will then finish off with a social from 4-8pm. Seriously, is there any better way to spend a Saturday and also have the night free. Entrance to the Saturday Salsa School and Social will be £10 for classes and social or £5 for the social only.
Based out of Bristol in the UK, Rupert is well known as both a Salsa DJ and heavy duty vinyl collector. Originally from a Hip Hop background, he was listening to Soul, Funk, and Reggae since the early 90s and was introduced to Salsa music in 2007. He instantly got hooked on the rhythm of the conga drum and started his mission to track down the best in classic and rare salsa records. Over the last 10 years, he has scoured the USA and Latin America for Salsa music and his inspiration is to share this with the dancers.
In demand on the decks, he can regularly be found spinning tunes throughout the UK and across Europe. His sets contain a wide variety of old school and new Salsa, including Salsa Brava, Romantica, Mambo, and Cha Cha to cater for all tastes and keep the energy level high on the dance floor.
When DJ Asmadi made his first trip from his home country Netherlands to Latin America in 2012, Salsa and he was love at first sight. Quickly from the start as a social dancer, he developed a keen preference for Salsa LA/NY Style and became very passionate about collecting Salsa music (CDs, Vinyl) which he would buy during his trips to Colombia, Puerto Rico etc.
It was only years after (in 2016) that he started to take it a step further; as a DJ. While living in Paris, he became one of the resident DJs of the Salsa O’Sullivan’s. Following this, he had the chance to play in multiple events across Paris, Amsterdam, and London at Stars of Salsa.
Today DJ Asmadi was one of the resident DJs of the Barrio Latino team and now at Theatre du Renard in Paris every Sunday and continues to share his passion for music across the events where he is invited.