ABOUT US

Meet the CSA team!

CSA is Copenhagen’s new Salsa and Latin dancing school. We offer weekly Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba classes,  as well as events, social dance parties and workshops.
Our instructors are some of the most desired and professional in Denmark. We are proud to offer high quality dance classes, focusing on the students’ growth and development. CSA’s goal is to elevate the level of the danish salsa environment and inspire more people to start dancing! We welcome everyone who is passioned about latin dancing, and who wants to challenge his/her ambition and talents.

A good friend introduced me to Dennis, founder of CSA, and I was immediately sold on salsa dancing. Thecoaching is varied and exciting. Everything covered, from new footwork, technique and musicality is always presented with a good portion of humour and patience in a friendly manner.

Bas V.M.

A good friend introduced me to Dennis, founder of CSA, and I was immediately sold on salsa dancing. The coaching is varied and exciting. Everything covered, from new footwork, technique and musicality is always presented with a good portion of humour and patience in a friendly manner.

Mette S.

Dancing salsa gives me an incredible amount of happiness and energy – and as a bonus it also keeps me in great shape! I love going to the fun salsa socials in Copenhagen and dance all night to awesome music!

Christina N.

Salsa is my sanctuary when I need to take a breather from the hectic pace of everyday life. When I step into class I forget about everything else, I'm completely present and fully focused on the rythms and steps, and to be able to share this experience with friends who has the same mutual love for dance and music is wonderful.

Sari T.R.

THE INSTRUCTORS

Dennis Bertolazza

Dennis is the founder and owner of Copenhagen Salsa Academy. He was born and raised in Italy with a mixed danish/italian background, and moved to Denmark in 2009 to follow his danish roots. The next year he started dancing, and salsa quickly became a lifestyle for Dennis, with intensive practice, classes and social dancing almost on a daily basis, so it didn’t take long before he began teaching.

Dennis has taught salsa since 2012, starting at Salsa Cubana CPH, trained by his first mentor Jakob Garcia. In addition he also became a popular salsa DJ and started the company teamwork.dk, where he arranges teambuilding sessions and company events til now.

In recent years he has been traveling to countless events and festivals, spending many hours learning all styles of salsa and getting mentored by sensational dancers like Liz Lira, Sergio Jasso, Pablito Stellato, and Diego & Cristina Olorun. In 2018 he took part in the Salsanamá 1vs1 competition, and in 2019 he joined Diego’s Men Styling team in Italy, among other projects.

Dennis’ biggest dream has long been to start his own dance school, and in august 2016 it became a reality, when he opened Copenhagen Salsa Academy. Today he is one of the most popular salsa instructors and choreographers in Copenhagen. His humor, dance style and contagious enthusiasm attract lots of students far beyond the Danish capital. He is known for his pedagogical and humorous teaching style, and strives to create a cheerful and friendly atmosphere in all his classes.

Video: Dennis and his history with salsa and dancing.

Ieva Utakyte

Ieva started dancing salsa by chance in 2009 in Århus. She quickly got interested in the community and the social aspect of the dance, and continued taking classes and dancing as she moved to Copenhagen the following year. Here she worked as a bartender in Club Mambo and other clubs where parties were happening on a daily basis.

This experience gave her a better understanding of the organizational work behind the events, so she founded her own concept: Urban Salsa Nights, organizing her first Bachata and salsa parties in Generator Hostel, and later in Koncertkirken and Urban House. Today she is the mastermind behind all the CSA events and parties, and manages the school’s marketing activities.

In the last couple of years Ieva has been focusing intensively on the dance itself: she has been part of multiple Salsa Ladies Performance teams, travels abroad for festivals and classes, and has broad knowledge of all the styles of salsa. As a teacher, she has a special focus on the social dancing aspect of salsa and on expressivity, helping the students to connect with each other while learning with a relaxed and positive vibe.

Luis Vazquez

Luis Vazquez is an instructor, choreographer, performer and master of ceremonies from Guadalajara, Mexico. He moved to Los Angeles California and began dancing in 1992. He is one of the pioneers of the popular LA salsa style together with his brothers Johnny Vazquez and Francisco Vazquez. Today he is based in Malmö, where he runs his dance school Love Dance Academy with his fiancée Weronika.

Luis has been traveling to more than 150 countries to participate in dance festivals and appeared in television shows such as City of Angels, Sinbad Vibe, The Rosanne Show, commercials such as Coca-Cola and California Lottery, music videos like Bio Ritmo – Bin Bin, films like Dance With Me and Looking For Lola where he has worked with artists such as John Travolta, Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Williams, Jimmy Smith and Quincy Jones.

We are absolutely thrilled to have Luis with us – it truly is a unique experience for the Copenhagen salsa scene, don’t miss the chance to train and dance with him!

VJ

VJ is originally from India, and has been dancing salsa, bachata and kizomba since 2008. Today he is one of Copenhagen’s best kizomba dancers and teachers with a deep passion for the dance and the music, being a great Dj as well.

He spent several years mastering his dance throughout Europe, mainly in the UK, Spain and Denmark, and is often traveling to Asia to Dj, teach and participate in competitions: in 2015 he won, among other achievements, the 1st Asian Kizomba Championship.

Vj ‘s mission of spreading the passion for Kizomba in Denmark is well underway, and we are really excited to have him leading the Kiz revolution at CSA!

Christina Pangidou

Christina started dancing as a little girl, and has a unique background that includes classical ballet, modern dance and latin. She has been teaching and choreographing in her hometown in Greece, as well as in Odense and Copenhagen, and taking dance classes in London.

In 2007, a friend took her to a Latin dance class, and she got blown away by the style, energy and speed of the dancing; she started attending lots of social parties: “People were always happy! That motivated me to learn more and later start teaching, because I believe that everyone should be as happy as salsa dancers!”

Christina can dance both as a follower and a leader, so she knows how to help everyone becoming better. She is always smiling and ready to bring good energy to the class, so good vibes are guaranteed!

Video: Christina and her history with salsa and dancing.

Camila Viancos

Camila Viancos, half Chilean and half Danish, has performed, taught and choreographed in Denmark and abroad for the past 10 years. She also appeared on national Danish TV on various occasions, both as a teacher and performer. In 2005 she lived and studied in New York and there she specialized in dancing on2 and later she became known as one of the first to introduce this style on the Danish salsa scene. She studied the art of social dancing in Buenos Aires, Cuba and New York, and in her recent stay in NYC she took intensive classes with Franklin Diaz.

Her style as a dancer is very unique and creative. Incorporating techniques from tango, modern dance, afro cuban, pilates and yoga. Her approach to dance goes through the music, which for her is the very source to endless inspiration: she has been a salsa singer for the many years and teaches musicality for dancers with live musicians from Suwalski Latin Quarter.

She teaches on1, on2, bachata, cha cha, pachanga, lady styling, musicality, afro-carribean body movement. She currently also teaches and performs with the world renown dancer and performer Luis Vazquez. Besides salsa she also teaches yoga, pilates and tango.

Video: Camila and her history with salsa and dancing.

Berta Soley

Berta is from Barcelona, Spain, and dance has been her passion since childhood: starting at age 6, she spent many years dancing hip hop, funk, bellydance and more. She began with salsa at 18, and still loves it today: in her own words, salsa has “that happiness, fire and sensuality that keeps me coming back”.

Berta is also a fantastic social dancer, with a magnetic smile, high skills and a friendly attitude. She has been assisting in salsa classes in Copenhagen for a few years already, and in the summer 2021 she joined CSA: she is always ready to help the students out and we are sure that you will love her energy and charisma!

Konrad Stanek

Konrad started his dancing adventure with Salsa, Cuban Son and Bachata back in 2006. Following intensive training and commitment to mastering rhythm, flow and technique, he advanced from student to instructor and started his own regular classes in 2008.

In 2013, while traveling abroad, Konrad discovered the fire of Bachata Sensual and quickly got addicted to it! He became a pioneer of this style in Denmark (together with his former dance-partner – Jocelin), and the first to organize regular classes of Bachata Sensual in Copenhagen. Throughout the last 10 years, Konrad has travelled to dozens of international events and festivals to learn from the best instructors, and performed multiple times in Cuban Son and Bachata Sensual in both Denmark and Spain. Moreover, Konrad has been teaching at festivals in Denmark, and organized several workshops in Copenhagen, Malmö, Aarhus and Odense.

In his classes, Konrad emphasizes musicality, connection between partners, and smoothness of body movement achieved through clear and precise leading. While having a well-established teaching framework, he also highly prizes spontaneity and flexibility – his classes are always interesting, educational and a lot of fun!

Video: Konrad and his history with salsa and dancing.

Thomas Nygaard

Thomas is one of the pioneers of the Scandinavian Latin scene, and has more than 15 years of experience as a teacher. Besides being a great dancer, he is also professionally trained as an actor, stage director and energy coach.

Laura Lykke Casella

Laura began dancing disco and hip hop when she was 7 years old, and continued with hip hop and dancehall up until her teenage years.

She tried salsa for the first time back in 2014 completely by chance, at a beginner’s course in a bar during a trip to Bolivia; Since then, she got curious and always wanted to learn more about the latin-american dance styles.

She says: “I always thought that you would need to have a partner to join a salsa class, so I waited until my boyfriend moved to Copenhagen in 2017 to sign us up for our first lesson at CSA. And I have been hooked ever since!!!”

Through the years, Laura has been mostly focusing on competitions and choreographed dancing, but salsa was a turning point for her, giving her a fresh perspective: latin-american dancing is all about having fun, letting go of control and enjoy the music, something she wasn’t used to before.

As a student at CSA, Laura has danced her way up from beginner’s classes until performance teams, and began assisting Dennis in 2022.

THE TEAM

Bas Van Mackelenbergh

Logistics and support assistant, host

Bas is the host of the Practica training sessions and assisting in various CSA activities. He is always happy to help you with any questions you may have so don’t hesitate to ask him, especially if you want to dance with him!

Chris Bustamante

DJ, host

Chris is a talented dancer, and a DJ with a real passion for latin music in his Mexican blood: he’ll make you dance all night at the CSA parties with his nice and fresh new take on salsa and bachata music!

Ciprian Vasile-Buznean

Dancer, host

Ciprian is hooked on salsa and bachata dancing! You can meet him on the dance floor, assisting in classes or hosting the CSA events: regardless, make sure to ask him for a dance, it will be fun!

Camilla Juel Jensen

Host

Maria Berg Roholt

Host

Joyce Gonzales DelaCerna

Host

Elitsa Holm

Host

Signe Kristensen

Host