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SALSA DANCING For Absolute Beginners IN-PERSON!

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Build a rock-solid Salsa foundation with our
step-by-step curriculum.

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We will explain the moves so thoroughly, you'll
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I want to learn how to Dance Salsa but I don't know what steps to take, or even where to start.

When it comes time for you and your partner in crime (or hopefully a cute stranger) to cut a rug at the next wedding you attend, will you be ready? You need Salsa Dance Classes

This SalsaKnox 8 Week Salsa Bootcamp is the perfect way for beginners like yourself get started with Salsa Dancing. It's easy enough that anyone can pick up this Latin-inspired dance and have fun doing it! The music plays along as simple instructions are given on how to move your feet and body around the floor. With each new lesson, more moves are added until you're able to pair these moves together into one smooth routine. The lessons are broken down by difficulty level so if you're already an experienced dancer looking for something different, there's plenty of other options available for learning some exciting new styles of dance from all over the world!

Salsa Events Near Knoxville, TN

Are you looking for salsa events near you? If so, you're in luck! This blog post will provide a list of salsa events in your area. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced dancer, there's something for everyone. So get ready to rack up those dance skills!


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What is the 8 Week Salsa Bootcamp

Our Salsa Lessons in our 8-week Salsa bootcamp provide A Step-by-Step Guide for you to learn how to dance Salsa.  In our Salsa bootcamps, you will not only learn steps faster and easier, but you will also jam out to the best and most vibrant Salsa music.  Finally, why not do all of this while meeting others and building community in a safe and clean environment.  Come improve and maintain your physical and mental health with us by joining our Salsa Family today!

Our Mission

SalsaKnox is dedicated to the health and safety of our members, and community.

We believe that exercise is a proven immunity-booster and that exercise as a part of a healthy lifestyle is vital to overall health and well-being.

 We understand the mental and emotional dangers of social isolation.

SalsaKnox wants to help members & community meet their physical, social, and emotional needs while also implementing doing all we can to offer a safe and healthy environment.


  • ​Waivers will be filled out first class, so please plan to arrive 5 minutes early. 
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How to Learn it and do it Right...

Here, we explain, in a simple manner, how to apply attitude to your dancing and improve your posture. 

SalsaKnox Dance Instructors focuses on details of head, hands, use of arms, timing, turns, hip movement and how to enhance your dance with beautiful moves & style.
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Every step is broken down with complete clarity so you can learn the details that will transform the way you dance salsa.
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Follow a progressive curriculum that focuses on building strong fundamentals, setting you up for social dancing success.
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With a massive library of on-demand lessons, you can easily practice what you want, when you want, at your own pace.
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Salsa 8-Week Bootcamps NOW OPEN!
If you have been searching for "Salsa lessons Near Me?" here is your answer...

We have an IN PERSON 8-Week Beginner Salsa Bootcamp for Absolute Beginners now open for registrations. 

All persons who have not taken classes with us before will be directed to start with the 8-week beginner bootcamp.  After the initial bootcamp, you will be moved into a level that suits you best.  

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After taking the initial 8-week Salsa Bootcamp course (required by anyone new to Salsaknox), you will be placed in a level that suits you best and given several membership options by Waldo and Jacqui (owners Salsaknox Dance Company)
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What Is Salsa Dance?
Salsa is a popular form of social dance originating in Cuba and before from United States of America U.S.A regions of New York and Puerto Rico and Cuban folk dances. The movements of Salsa are a combination of the Afro-Cuban dances Son, cha-cha-cha, Mambo, Rumba, bomba and the Danzón. The dance, along with salsa music, saw major development in the mid-1970s in New York. Different regions of Latin America and the United States have distinct salsa styles of their own, such as Cuban, Puerto Rican, Cali Colombia, L.A. and New York styles. Salsa dance socials are commonly held in night clubs, bars, ballrooms, restaurants, and outside, especially when part of an outdoor festival.

In many styles of salsa dancing, as a dancer shifts their weight by stepping, the upper body remains level and nearly unaffected by the weight changes. Weight shifts cause the hips to move. Arm and shoulder movements are also incorporated. Salsa generally uses music ranging from about 150 bpm (beats per minute) to around 250 bpm, although most dancing is done to music somewhere between 160–220 bpm. The basic Salsa dance rhythm consists of taking three steps for every four beats of music. The odd number of steps creates the syncopation inherent to Salsa dancing and ensures that it takes 8 beats of music to loop back to a new sequence of steps.
What Is Bachata Dance?
Often referred to in the West as "authentic / Dominican" bachata (traditional bachata), the original social dance was created in the Dominican Republic during the 1960s and was danced only in closed position, like the bolero, often in close embrace. Bachata basic steps are performed by moving within a small square (side, side, forward and then tap with your toes, then side, side, back and tap). This step was inspired by the bolero basic step, but evolved over time to include a tap and syncopations (steps in between the beats), helping dancers express the more dynamic music being commonly played. The hand placement can vary according to the position of the dances, which can range from very close to open to completely open.

Bachata is still danced today in the Caribbean and all over the world, and has been evolving for several decades. It is increasingly danced to faster music, adding more footwork, simple turns and rhythmic free-styling with alternation between close (romantic) and open position. Bachata is danced with soft hip movements and a tap or syncopation (1, 2, 3, tap/syncopation). It can also be danced with or without bouncing (moving the body up on the beats and down again in between the beats by adding slight spring to ones legs).
Our IN PERSON Salsa 8 Week Bootcamp Programs are based off over 40 years of combined teaching and dancing experience.  We bring together our best tips and shortcuts in structured 8 week bootcamp programs to give you the best and fastest learning experience possible.  We teach singles & couples simple (but fun & sexy) moves that when combined, looks like they know 100+ moves to anyone watching.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Salsa?
Salsa is a popular form of social dance originating in Cuba and before from United States of America U.S.A regions of New York and Puerto Rico and Cuban folk dances.

The movements of Salsa are a combination of the Afro-Cuban dances Son, cha-cha-cha, Mambo, Ruba, Bomba, and the Danzon...
Who is this for?
These bootcamps are for singles or couples who want to learn how to dance.  

The Salsa beginner bootcamp is for absolute beginners.

The Salsa intermediate bootcamp is for students who have already gone through our beginner bootcamp or who have more than 1 year experience dancing Salsa.
What should I wear to class?
We highly encourage dance shoes.  However, they are not required for the first beginner bootcamp.  No dress code. Dress comfortably, dress light, and something you can move around and dance in! (Please contact us if you do wish to purchase dance shoes to get our best tips and suggestions)
Do I need special shoes?
Beginners can start with street shoes or dress shoes that have ankle-straps (support) with medium-height heels or any flat-bottom shoes or regular dancing shoes. Avoid wearing shoes that have thick rubber soles such as sneakers, clogs, boots or flip-flops. Shoot us an email for more info on dance shoes.
I don’t have a dance partner…is it necessary to bring a partner to class?
No partner necessary for any of our bootcamps.  
Do I need to pre-register for a class or can I just show up at the studio?
Yes, please register for each class online before coming to the studio.  We do NOT accept in-person payment at this time.
Is previous dance experience necessary?
Previous experience is NOT required for our Absolute Beginner (Part 1 of Salsa Bootcamp). You will need prior experience for our Intermediate bootcamps.  Please read our descriptions on the schedule by clicking each class name to see how much experience is required for the level.
Can I still join the new cycle if I missed the 1st class?
New Students/Beginners are suggested to start at the beginning of a cycle. The 1st week is preferred but you may join the 2nd week if space allows. After the 2nd week, you will need to wait for the next cycle (repeats every 8 weeks). Check our next cycle dates on the schedule.
What are the refund policies?
Bootcamp purchases are non-refundable and non-transferable. 
What Our Students Are Saying


SalsaKnox classes are great! You can really tell that Jacqueline and Waldo are both passionate and genuinely love what they do. They work well with advanced dancers and are especially good with beginners (even with mixed skill levels in the same class. Not sure how the manage to make that work, but they do). Even with zero experience, I never felt intimidated because no matter how many mistakes I made, they would always take time to help me with technique, choreography, or any other details I was having problems with. As a beginner, this helped me build some confidence about coming back again and again. In my opinion, they are the best in Knoxville for beginners. I enjoyed the time I spent in their classes.
- Submitted by Jojo

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I was so impressed with all the people how courteous and patient and feel like family. We hired salsa Knox to be in some videos for my husband who is a singer they were professional on time had their dance moves together and ready also I have also been to some classes I can't wait to get back I learn something new every time. If you haven't tried to class yet you're really missing out I highly recommend it.
- Submitted by Dorene


If you are looking for something fun to try with your partner, looking for new fun friends, or looking for a new hobby, this is the thing for you! I was a total beginner two years ago and this company helped me develop into a social dancer! Salsa, bachata, and more! Trust me, even if you think you can’t dance you are guaranteed to learn something here! Wonderful hospitality, very friendly, and weekly parties to meet up with friends :) I will continue to attend parties and dance with this company as long as I’m in Knox!
- Submitted by Bri

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Great instructors, really breaks down the moves so anyone from beginner on up can understand and learn the dance moves. Teaches dance moves that can be done at any social right from the start. Best place to learn and dance Latin Dance
- Submitted by Kevin

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Waldo and Jacqui provide quality salsa instruction in Knoxville. There is something for everyone, whether you're a beginner who wants to try salsa or bachata for the first time or you have been dancing for a while and want to improve your patterns or styling. They are patient teachers and you'll have a great time working with them!
- Submitted by Marisa

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I came here in February with ZERO prior experience and a bundle of nerves. It can't be easy to teach beginners, but they made Latin dance seem so very doable, even from the first day. 

Their calm, clear, sequential approach has made it possible for me to learn steps that would otherwise seem completely intimidating. Although I am an introverted type, since enrolling here, I have made some new friends and actually look forward to Salsaknox Friday Night parties!
- Submitted by ~Serenity ~

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I had a great time, and I learned a lot. They were really willing to work with my schedule, and the price was amazing. If you want to learn to dance the Latin styles, this is the place to go
- Submitted by Bob

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I know Waldo and Jacque for more than 7 years. I watched them growing as a couple, as dancers, as teachers and as performers. They are great people and awsome dancers. Waldo is a wonderful dance instructor with many years of experience. He knows what he is doing. The party is always so much fun! Great music, great people. No partner needed, just grab your dance shoes and come to have a great time!
- Submitted by Aida

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Been dancing with SalsaKnox for the last 3 years and there's no better place in town to dance. Such an amazing group of people! The teachers are so friendly and treat everyone life family. Proud to have been apart of their business for so long and that I can call them my closest friends. Check them out.
- Submitted by Joe

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As a Latin singer I highly recommend this awesome company they are the best very professional respectful always on time and great dancers Waldo and wife are super human beings GO SALSAKNOX
- Submitted by CHINITO

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Have a great time while learning to dance. You also meet and dance with new people every week.
- Submitted by Luke

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SalsaKnox Dance Company offers professionalism, fun, and social atmosphere that everyone can love. SalsaKnox Dance Company is a family of people from all diverse backgrounds who share a common love of dance. They do a fantastic job of welcoming all people into the dance scene. Their talent and passion is evident in their work and attitude. If you want to learn Latin dance, this is the place.
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- Submitted by Jacqueline

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A great environment to learn the most popular Social Latin dance styles! Salsa, bachata, cha-cha-cha, cumbia, merengue! They have lessons, a performance team, and social dance parties every Friday! I have been with SalsaKnox for a little more than a year and am very happy with my progress as a dancer. :)
- Submitted by Elena

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Salsaknox is a great dance company waldo is a amazing instructor
- Submitted by Bj

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Best Salsa dancing in Knoxville. Awesome for all levels with great classes for learners. If you are looking to learn to dance Salsa & Bachata this is the best place to start in Knoxville. The social’s are friendly & welcoming and are a great place for beginners and experienced dancers. Highly recommended.
- Submitted by Rodney

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Great instuctors, step by step, no experience needed. After the classes they throw a party and everyone practices what they have learned, of course there are people who have more experience and more time dancing and its awesome to watch them dance and learn a step or two from them too. Great latin music, salsa, bachata, merengue...etc. friendly environment.
- Submitted by Daniel


Great people, great instruction & safe environment 👍🏽💃🏻
- Submitted by Karina

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I really am having a blast, here. Waldo and Jackie are warm and friendly, and are very clear in their instructions.
- Submitted by Sonja

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Waldo was my first dance teacher EVER 10 years ago! He really is the best! Over the years SalsaKnox has maintained a warm community and atmosphere that is safe to learn and nurture your inner dancer!
- Submitted by Gabrielle

Bachata Sensual

Waldo was my first dance teacher EVER 10 years ago! He really is the best! Over the years SalsaKnox has maintained a warm community and atmosphere that is safe to learn and nurture your inner dancer!
- Submitted by Gabrielle


Great staff, great atmosphere, and a chance to explore a “new to you” style of dance. As a single or a couple, you’re going to learn and have fun doing it!
- Submitted by Jacob

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This was a lot of fun, very affordable and I learned a LOT. So glad I did this - highly recommend it to anyone interested
- Submitted by Robert
Bonus: Private Facebook Support Group AND CHATS
You will have access to a very special PRIVATE Facebook Group AND Private Facebook CHAT GROUP where the main goal is to help every single member with anything they need to make it as easy as possible for them to achieve their Salsa dancing goals.  It is also a great place to meet other growing Salsa dancers and build connections.  We also share exclusive member-only events, tips, and more.
Imagine working out and enjoying physical and mental health even without planning long workouts at a gym or having to convince yourself to enjoy workouts.....What if you could relax, have fun, and get a killer sweat in without even realizing it?  

What would you give to enjoy an evening of dancing at a party or the next family wedding, swaying swaying to all your favorite tunes (Including oldies and modern songs)?

 Want to improve your body coordination, flexibility and balance, get into shape and tone your body while having fun, improving your musicality and rhythm?

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