Col Walder has been dancing Salsa since 2009 and is known as one of the top Cuban Style dancers on the Edinburgh scene. He has a passion for Cuban music and has actively sought out and studied with the best dancers and teachers on the national and international level in a variety of Cuban dances. To take his skills even further he travelled to Cuba to train with the highly regarded Ballet Folklorico Cutumba, and while there took private classes with two former members of casino.com, Cuba’s most famous Rueda group.
In 2011 Col began teaching Cuban Salsa in Edinburgh, founding Salsa4water Edinburgh; a group dedicated to raising money for Wateraid which soon became one of the most popular Cuban Salsa groups in the city and with whom he is still involved today. In the same year he co-choreographed and performed his first partnerwork routine and followed that up in 2012 with a Rueda choreography that he performed at the Olympic celebrations as well as an Afro-Cuban Palo routine with local Cuban Dance legend Yamil Ferrer.
Col’s speciality is dancing with a connection with the music and he draws on his extensive experience as a musician to help teach this to his students as well as developing the key techniques that allow someone from a non-dancing background to learn authentic Cuban body movement and style.
Get ready for some super Salsa fun!
Julia started dancing Salsa in 2009 and quickly became addicted and very much involved in the salsa scene. Soon she progressed from organising social salsa groups to co-teaching with some of the best local teachers and has continually improved her dancing skills by learning from the best of national and international teachers at classes and congresses around the country.
In 2011 she took her skills to the next level, performing on stage, and in the following year also initiated the formation of a Rueda performance group. After co-choreographing their first dance show, she performed with the group at the Big Dance 2012 as part of the Olympic celebrations and also performed with the Zumba team at the same event. She is currently still a licensed Zumba instructor (qualified since 2010) and teaches all around Edinburgh, enjoying the choreographing as much as the dancing.
At CubanSalsaSchool, it’s her job to keep the boys on their toes! She’s a firm believer that it takes two to create a good dance in partner dancing, so women never ‘just’ follow! Before starting Salsa she had never danced, so she understands what it’s like to come to dancing having not been ‘born into it’ and is particularly skilled at working with beginners to take those first steps on what is inevitably a fun and exciting journey.
Julia is also the admin (read: busy body!) in the team, so feel free to ask her any questions about the school when you see her.
Looking forward to seeing you all in the class!!