CUBAN AND CLUB STYLE SALSA WITH A CARRIBEAN FLAVOR

For native dancers, dance is a way of life.  We feel music, express ourselves rhythmically and heal through movement. At Salsa Marin, our Mission is simple: We want to share our culture and the way we dance with you!

We teach a unique blend of Cuban and ballroom style Salsa, which makes it elegant yet distinctive, with a traditional Caribbean flavor. 

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A FRIENDLY COMFORTABLE ENVIRONMENT

Salsa Marin is a great place to learn to dance salsa and other Latin rhythms!  Our comfortable dance studio is based in San Rafael, California and has a staff of professional instructors ready to teach you to dance! Our easy to follow format will walk you through a series of moves creating a deeper understanding of the movement, while having fun, getting in shape and meeting new people!  

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LEARN TO DANCE ONE STEP AT A TIME

Whether you are a complete beginner, intermediate dancer or advanced, Salsa Marin can customize a program to suit your needs and give you practical instruction that will quickly make you feel confident on the dance floor!  We teach all ages, including kids and work in school systems as part of their P.E. program.  Choose from the lessons below or give us a calland get started on your dance journey today!

LESSONS

About Our Instructors

Mark Ellis

Mark is the founder of Salsa Marin.  He has been a part of the Salsa scene since its inception. 

He is committed to helping students reach their personal dance goals and is constantly reworking his teaching methods to accommodate the way his students learn best.  His clever analogies, friendly disposition and good-natured humor keep his private and group classes lively and enjoyable!


"For me, life is enjoyed through music and movement and I try to share that joy with my students. I see Salsa as a form of life.  We live to dance and dance to live.  Salsa as more than just steps; it is an opportunity for individual expression as well a way of connecting with the world.   I teach my students to listen to the music, allow it to move them, connect, and become one with the music.  My goal is to encourage dancers to "feel" and not just to become step dancers."  

--Mark Ellis

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Our Instructors

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Lucie Ebnerova

Lucie has been dancing with Salsa Marin for eight years.  She assists in teaching group lessons and specializes in showing followers how to look good on the dance floor.  Her valuable feedback helps expedite the learning process.  Contact us to request Lucie as an additional instructor for your private lesson(s).

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Kat Gardner

Kat has been dancing with Salsa Marin for three years.  She works well with beginners in both group and private settings.  She partners with our private students and assists them in learning how to effectively lead.  She is sensitive to the challenges that students face and helps to provide them with a comfortable and stress-free learning environment. Contact us to request Kat as an additional instructor for your private lesson(s).