Latin dance classes in London

The ultimate symbol of the identity of Brazilian music, samba bears roots in African dances and was developed from Bahian samba rodas (in a round), with the Afro-Brazilian style frequently associated to capoeira. Part of Brazilian Cultural Heritage, samba as it is widely known today was born in Rio, in 1917, and from this came spin-off variations of the style such as samba de gafiera, partido alto and pagode. The essential sound is basically made with string and percussive instruments.

Paraíso School of Samba
Wednesdays @ Old Street
Thursdays @ Brixton
7.30pm to 8.30pm (beginners)
8.30pm to 9.30pm (intermediate)
£7 (£5 with student card)
Falkirk Street N1 6HQ / Brixton Hill SW2 1JF
020 3291 2390

London School of samba
Sundays 6-7.30pm £8
4 Baylis Rd. SE1 7AA

East London Dance
Tuesdays 8-9.30pm – £25 Full term
Stratford Circus E15 1BX

Gandaia Arts
Samba reggae and Maracatu
Various times and places

Mondays 7.30-8pm FREE
Parker Street WC2 5PW
020 7242 860

Sundays from 5pm FREE
17 York Way Rd. N7 9QG
020 7485 4738

Lambada + Zouk
Lambada appeared in the north of Brazil during the 1970s. As with salsa, it also derives from a fusion of styles such as guitarrada (a genre from Pará), merengue and cumbia. Becoming popular in the latter years of the 80s, the style continues to be revitalized through its fusion with zouk, a musical genre from the French West Indies which means ‘party’. The originated style, lambada zouk, also known as Brasilian zouk, is a bit slower than traditional lambada and isn’t danced exclusively to the rhythm of zouk.

Tuesdays 7-9pm £7(classes include club fee)
Parker Street WC2 5PW
020 7242 860

Hampstead School of Latin Dance
Various times £7 for 1h / £10 for 2h
Expressions Studios
39-51 Highgate Rd. NW5 1RS / 020 7916 5149

Brazilian Social Dance
Fridays 8-9pm £7.
Other times and styles from £6
Jacksons Lane Theatre
269A Archway Rd. N6 5AA / 075 3375 2810

Love Lambada
7pm – Beginner / Improvers / 8pm Upper levels
£7 per class, £10 for both
291 – 293 King Street W6 9NH

Zouk Lambada
Private classes only
£25pp for 1h
Adriano – 079 5828 0053

The word ‘forró’ derives from the term forrobodó, which in the African language Bantu means arrasta-pé, farra (‘one hell of a party’). Originally, it was used to describe a party at which rhythms from the northeast such as baião and xote were played, and eventually came to be the name of the musical rhythm too. It became popular in the 1950s and has as its traditional line up of musicians an accordion, a triangle and a zabumba (a type of drum).

Forró do Galpão
Thursdays 6-11.30pm – FREE
Corbet Place E1 6QR / 020 7770 6100

Forró Family – Bar 3one7
Tuesdays 8-9pm £5
317 Finchley Rd. NW3 6EP / 078 3446 5577

Casa do Forró
Mondays from 7pm FREE
Club Aquarium – 262 Old Street ECV1 9DD /

Forro classes every Sunday 7.30-8pm – FREE
Parker Street WC2 5PW / 020 7242 860

In Spanish, salsa means ‘spice’. The Cuban rhythm, emerging in the 1960s, has its origens in ‘son cubano’, mambo and Afrocaribbean rumba, bomba and plena from Porto Rico, but also took influence from merengue, cumbia and jazz, and today allows in a vast mixture of sounds to create the rhythm. Wind instruments are the highlight of a salsa band.

Apt Bar
Mondays from 7pm – £6 for 1hr / £9 for 2hr
10-15 Aldermary House EC4N 1TX / 020 7618 902

Bar Salsa
Various times and levels
96 Charing Cross Rd, Soho – WC2H / 020 7379 3277

Thursdays FREE until 7.30pm; after £5 for 1hr 23 Stoke Newington Road, N16 8BJ / 0207-241-2060

The Factory Dance & Fitness
Tuesdays from 7.45pm
407 Hornsey Road N19 4D

Power Dance System
Wednesdays 8.30pm – 9.30pm- £8 per class
TT Dance Studio, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, EN6 1AA

Richmond Dance
Fridays 8:30 – 9:30 pm
Kew Road, Richmond TW9 2NA

Admission £5 (£3 student with ID)
various times and venues


  1. Hi,

    Forro Family details have changed. New details:

    Name: Forro Family

    Description: Full of energy, forro is an authentic Brazilian music style that resonates across generations. Accompanied by an exquisite and simple dance, forro evokes passion and sensuality – a great recipe for bringing people together and having one hell of a time!

    Time: Every Saturday from 8pm until 12pm

    Class: Beginners class from 7pm to 8pm (£5)

    Cost: Free before 9pm and £5 after

    Venue: The Church, Exmouth Market Street, EC1R 4QE

    Contact info: Andy on 07799 144767 or email

    Many thanks!


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