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Danzar Latino2020-10-15T11:18:15+11:00

Our motto:
to offer the highest quality of teaching
in a fun & friendly space 

Imagine you could be moving to music, learning a new skill, getting fit and expanding your social network all at the same time… Salsa, Bachata & social dancing allows you to achieve all of this and develop a skill you’ll truly love!

At DANZAR LATINO
we offer classes that use one of the most advanced teaching methodologies in the industry
to deliver authentic Latin dance classes in:

  • Cuban Salsa (Casino)
  • Afro-Cuban (Rumba, Orishas etc)
  • Colombian Salsa (Caleña/Cali Style)
  • LA Salsa (On 1)
  • NY Mambo (On 2)
  • Bachata (Moderna & Dominican)
  • Reggaeton & Body Isolations

We’re also dedicated to creating a welcoming space for all students, where you will become part of a fantastic social community, feel a sense of achievement, and have a tonne of fun!

DANCE STYLES

CUBAN SALSA
/ CASINO

This is a dynamic and fluid style of dance that combines elements of traditional Cuban Son with modern Salsa based turn patterns. This is a great style to develop your body movement and flavour!

COLOMBIAN SALSA /
CALI STYLE

Cali, Colombia is known as the Salsa capital of the world and is home to this highly energetic and impressive dance style. Cali Style is renowned for being sharp and technical and is perfect to develop your footwork and musicality!

CUBAN RUMBA /
GUAGUANCO
This is a highly rhythmic and expressive genre of dance that is comprised of three styles; Yambú, Guaguancó and Columbia. This dance style is emblematic of Cuban culture and is a great way to develop your body movement and styling!

AFRO-CUBAN

There are many styles of dance that fall under this genre, which has its roots predominantly in Central and West Africa, and of course Cuba. Aside from developing your body movement and coordination, these styles will help you to embody different emotions and characters!

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TESTIMONIALS

TESTIMONIALS

  • review rating 5  From the very beginning, Felicia and I knew we were going to be well taken care of by the team at The Secret Garden of Dance. Caroline was professional, courteous and very willing to hear about the type of dance we wanted to coordinate. Sanushka and Amy then took us through our lessons and choreographed a wonderful routine that we are very excited to perform at our wedding. We're about halfway through and know there is so much more to learn, but we are completely at ease and feeling confident we can nail it with the help of the great instructors at The Secret Garden of Dance. Thank you all! 🙂

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    1/13/2020

    review rating 5  I am loving my dance classes at Secret Garden of Dance. So glad I stumbled across your dance studio 18 months ago. Sanushka’s philosophy and unique teaching methods are fantastic. So nurturing and patient for those of us that take a bit longer to get it, so informative and interesting on background of dances, such great staff Caroline & Simon helping instruct and making everyone feel welcome (though I did start off with Peter when you were away who was great). I love the community feel of all that come to classes at the studio and feel like I belong. Classes are such a great workout and I hate when I need to miss a class. Looking forward to continuing and me improving. Thank you so much. 😊

    thumb Angela
    9/12/2019

    review rating 5  Amy, Simon and Caroline did an amazing job helping us with our first dance. They were so friendly, helpful and professional. We had zero dance experience and they explained music/dance concepts so well. Especially want to thank Amy for her encouragement, patience and her warm and bubbly nature. We had lots of fun!

    thumb Fiona Thuy
    5/24/2019

    review rating 5  All three teachers were very nice and did a good job at choreographing and teaching us our wedding dance in four lessons. Sanushka was great at challenging us to do an easier version of the lift after we couldn't do the first version. Very happy with their services.

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    11/01/2019
  • review rating 5  For myself and my partner, active and avid dance tragics, (although in my wife's case - actually talented) a wedding dance was high on our priority list for our big day. We needed to get the right instructor, the right dance and the right balance. To say that Sanushka and the team at The Secret Garden of Dance was everything we needed is a drastic understatement. Of course, the dance itself was more than perfect, but the weekly routine, the lead up, the learning and practicing was such an incredible experience. I cannot recommend more highly to get involved with his school; a little something to work on together with your partner and take the stresses of planning a wedding away - even for an hour or two a week was such a win for us. We were thoroughly looked after and have a perfect memory of our dance for the night of our wedding, but such fond memories of working on our dance throughout the lead up. Thanks Sanushka - what a legend!

    thumb Chris Douglas
    7/08/2019

    review rating 5  When I first started taking classes at The Secret Garden of Dance I had already been dancing for about two years. But taking classes with Sanushka marked such a turning point in my dancing journey. Sanushka is not only a great dancer, he is also an amazing teacher. He found completely new ways to fix some of my issues and gave me invaluable feedback, which really allowed me to take my dancing to the next level. Beyond his teaching methodology, I also really enjoyed how much I learned about the history and culture of each dance. As someone who loves history, I always leave the classes feeling intellectually stimulated and with a deep sense of respect for these amazing cultures! Looking forward to continuing learning there! Highly recommend it to anyone 🙂

    thumb Livnat Segev
    4/23/2020

    review rating 5  I originally found out about the Secret Garden of Dance by meeting some of their students out social dancing. I was so impressed with how these students were all such great dancers. They told me about this teacher, Sanushka, that they were learning from and how amazing he was as a teacher, so I went along. Hands down one of the BEST DECISIONS I have ever made with respect to my dancing. Sanushka teaches in a super relaxed and fun environment, but with a technicality and musicality that you won't find in many other group classes of the same styles around Melbourne. He is constantly inspiring you to learn more and be a better dancer in an environment that feels more like a family working together towards the same goal than a group of random strangers. Sanushka's knowledge of different styles of dance is phenomenal and while the focus is mainly Casino and Afro-Cuban styles, I have also taken classes in other different styles of dance such as Cali salsa, and more recently, private lessons in Argentine Tango. No matter what style, he has a very concise and easy-to-understand way of communicating how you should move your body and the specific structures within the dance. His ability to break things down and make it logical is a testament to his amazing teaching ability. In group classes, Caroline also usually teaches and offers fabulous insights into aspects of ladies styling and how to work with the leads to make the moves look more fluid and feminine. Her grace and sleek style are also an inspiration to work towards as a dancer. The Secret Garden of Dance is my happy place and I always leave feeling free, inspired and like I have made progress as a dancer. Every time I set foot in the door I feel genuinely cared for and welcome. In the six months that I have been learning here, I have been welcomed into the fold and I have been challenged to grow more than I could have ever imagined. I am excited to continue on with this incredible journey! Thank you, Sanushka and Caroline, for all your amazing hard work, dedication and inspiration to be the best I can be!

    thumb Danielle Thomas
    4/22/2020

    review rating 5  All three teachers were very nice and did a good job at choreographing and teaching us our wedding dance in four lessons. Sanushka was great at challenging us to do an easier version of the lift after we couldn't do the first version. Very happy with their services.

    thumb Sunshine X
    11/01/2019

TEACHERS

Sanushka
Ranasinghe

Founder and director of
The Secret Garden of Dance & Danzar Latino

Sanushka has been a professional dancer and teacher for over 17 years and is the founder and principle teacher at The Secret Garden of Dance and Danzar Latino. He has taught and learnt over to 50 styles of dance, including Salsa, Afro Cuban, Swing, Tango, Hip Hop, Michael Jackson, Latin American & Ballroom. Sanushka has also performed, competed, conducted workshops & judged at various events including the World Salsa Solos (Brisbane), Sydney Cuban Salsa Congress, Melbourne International Latin Festival, Byron Bay Latin Fiesta and the Victorian Salsa and Bachata Championships.

Sanushka’s success as a choreographer and teacher was brought to the public attention in 2012 when one of his bridal couples Frankie and Ryan made worldwide headlines for their jaw dropping Lindy hop/Swing routine. Their wedding dance went viral on YouTube, was featured in major newspapers, online forums and editorials both in Australia and the UK and was televised on the major TV networks in Melbourne.

Sanushka’s love of music and dance started at an early age with Michael Jackson and he has inspired him immensely and has helped him achieve his unique style. He also incorporates other styles of solo dancing including Hip Hop, Funk, Reggaeton, Cubaton & Dancehall.

Sanushka also has a strong musical background and he brings this experience to his lessons, developing his students timing and rhythm. He’s also very passionate about the peripheral elements of dance, such as its rich diversity, culture and history.

Caroline
Puriri Komarnicki

Co-director and senior teacher at
The Secret Garden of Dance & Danzar Latino

“Sanushka not only taught me everything I know and made me into the professional dancer that I am today, but has also equipped me with vital skills as a student, dancer and teacher. He taught me the value of breaking limiting beliefs such as ‘you have to start from the age of 3 to be a professional dancer with a background in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary etc’.” Caroline began learning how to play music at the age of 3 and later on decided to pursue flute in which she completed up to Grade 8 through the Australian Music Examination Board, and guitar for pleasure. She later completed a degree in Sound Production & Audio Engineering, as well as Electronic Music Production.

Just over 3 years later and Caroline is now teaching and dancing full time at The Secret Garden of Dance, has taught at overseas events and has worked with some of the industries best in her primary style.

Having an extensive background in music and sports, Caroline then decide to begin dancing at the age of 21 as she wanted to learn how to “properly express herself to the music she loved and do it justice.” From her very first lesson, Caroline was enamoured and inspired and soon after decided to be the best that she could be and take it beyond what she had ever imagined.

FAQS

Do you run classes in terms / courses?2019-08-09T09:00:23+10:00

Short answer: Yes we do (but you can also drop into any class casually)
We run 6 week short courses in a term structure, allowing our students to build on the previous week’s material. However, we welcome casual drop in students as well. We introduce new material and dance content every 2 – 3 weeks so you won’t feel like you’re drowning in class! We have various levels that allow our students to develop their dancing, so you will never hinder your progress.

Do I need a partner to attend a class?2020-05-07T03:32:11+10:00

Short Answer) No you don’t!
We welcome all students whether you chose to come on your own, with a friend, family member, partner or a fellow dance student.

What should I wear for classes?2019-08-09T09:01:31+10:00

We recommend you wear active wear, casual attire and avoid clothes that are too tight or restricting. Some students come straight from work and others are in shorts and t-shirt. We also have bathrooms where you can get changed.

What’s the best footwear / shoes for your dance classes?2019-08-09T09:00:49+10:00

Recommended: Sneakers, trainers, walking shoes, flats, low heels with ankle support, Ballet flats, Ballroom and Latin dance shoes
Please avoid: Stiletto heels, heels with no ankle support, heavy boots, shoes with thick rubber soles, sandals/thongs/jandals/slip ons/flip flops!

What’s the duration / length of a dance class?2019-08-09T09:01:10+10:00

Short answer: 1 hour
Our classes are typically 1 hour in duration, whether it’s a private or group class. We may start or end the class 5 minutes earlier to complete payments, make another booking or answer any questions.

What payment methods do you offer?2020-05-07T03:38:52+10:00

We accept cash, eftpos, credit card (Visa & Mastercard only) and online bank transfer

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