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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Janne Vejlby

Janne has been dancing since childhood: she started with ballroom when she was 8 years old, and continued throughout her teenage years, competing and reaching the finals in multiple national and international events. She discovered salsa in 2007, and quickly got “hooked”, thanks to the warm music, the smooth connection between dancers and the multicultural and open social environment.

In 2017, she decided to take her skills further and started taking classes at CSA, later assisting Dennis in the beginner’s classes. Her strong technical foundation and elegant and feminine style make her a great role model for the upcoming salseros: passion, dedication and hard work took her dancing to the next level, and we are excited to have her in the CSA team!

Video: Janne and her history with salsa and dancing.

Gabi Marekova

Gabi was born in Slovakia and has been dancing since childhood, trying out various styles from ballet to reggaeton, and spent most of her time with latin dances since 2009. She was performing and teaching for a few years, until moving to Copenhagen in 2016.

After almost two years without dancing, Gabi stumbled upon a bachata event and fell in love instantly. She has since been taking classes and attending social event in Copenhagen, and was part of a performance team during her exchange semester in Australia. She has returned back to Copenhagen in January 2019, excited to continue dancing.

Her love for bachata grows by the day, and Gabi is now excited to assist Konrad in Bachata classes and both learn and help other dancers improve, sharing her love of this beautiful dance.

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!

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!

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!