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Danzar Latino2024-05-04T21:19:19+10:00

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

  • We had a great experience at The Secret Garden of Dance. Initially super anxious about our wedding dance, Caroline's patience and fantastic teaching skills transformed us into confident dancers. Her step-by-step guidance and encouraging approach made the learning process fun too. On our wedding day our the dance went off without a hitch, earning us tonnes of compliments from our guests. We're grateful to The Secret Garden of Dance and especially Caroline for turning our anxiety into dance floor magic. If you're seeking a top-notch dance studio with a friendly atmosphere and exceptional instructors, this is the dance studio to go with!

    Ashleigh Alebakis Avatar Ashleigh Alebakis
    December 5, 2023

    As a commercial style dancer growing up I have always felt like home in dance studio set up with mirros and space for correction of posture and to physically see what needs improving. The Secret Garden Of Dance is a traditional dance studio set up and the classes are also held this way, with the teachers focus on the style, culture and technique of the dance. There is the opportunity for a social dance environment throughout the class, however the emphasis is on improving your individual ability as a dancer in the style, which personally I love. Sanushka's passion for dance shines through and I love his analogies focussing on developing each student into their own creative expression as a dancer in the style chosen to learn. It is a welcoming environment with attention placed on learning. If you're wanting to delve into learning about culture, art through dance and your technique, here you'll find it.

    Kathryn Farrell Avatar Kathryn Farrell
    March 19, 2021

    This studio is the hidden gem of dance in Melbourne! I was so impressed by Sanushka's style and methods of teaching from a workshop I attended in Cairns that I specifically moved to Melbourne to learn from him and his studio. He teaches you so much more than just steps; he teaches you about the music, how to understand it and really breaks things down in a way that I have never seen from any other teacher. Not only this, Sanu has taught me how to learn effectively. I am now travelling in Europe and am able to apply so much of what he has taught me to really step up my game when learning from other teachers and studios. Caroline is the co-director along side Sanu who is a phenomenal dancer and teacher who has learnt from the best. Her precision and technique is so impressive and she also breaks things down in a way that helps you learn really efficiently. I honestly owe so much to these magnificent teachers for the amount of joy they have passed onto me through dance and music. Whether you're a complete beginner or advanced in any style of dance...get in touch! Sanu, Caroline and the team are so welcoming and approachable that you will feel comfortable to ask any questions or doubts that you may have. When I return this will be my first stop 🙂

    Emi Stumpo Avatar Emi Stumpo
    November 10, 2022

    Love this dance studio, I went here for Tahitian dance class (which by the way is awesome and our instructor is lovely ?). Studio is tucked away near a carpark in Camberwell up some stairs it's not the most glamours studio but it's inviting and has character. The people were really inviting.

    Aimee Williams Avatar Aimee Williams
    March 7, 2022
  • From the very beginning of our wedding planning journey, we knew that our first dance was something we really wanted to put time and effort towards. Sanushka and the team at The Secret Garden of Dance were incredible in always leading with our vision and story in creating something really special for us. Sanushka has a passion for both dance and teaching, meaning we didn’t just learn choreography, we got to try out different styles of dance, watch the instructors demonstrate their ideas and really workshop everything as a team. Our lessons were truly an unexpected highlight of the wedding planning process! We always looked forward to our time at the studio as it gave us an opportunity to learn something new together as well as to slow down and focus on each other, which often gets lost amidst the rush of planning a wedding. Our first dance was such a dream and Sanushka went above and beyond to make sure that on the big day, we felt confident to truly enjoy that moment in front of all of our loved ones.

    Sashini and Kavinda Avatar Sashini and Kavinda
    September 13, 2022

    How can I rave about this place enough? Caroline was so patient & thorough. She was the perfect teacher - so kind with her instructions and feedback. She managed to completely transform our lack of confidence into a beautifully choreographed piece including 2 lifts when i never even considered one. Even on the day with the obstruction of my dress, the perfectly chosen & taught steps, we were so happy with the end result. We also left this very late - learnt it all with 1 class a week just a few weeks before the wedding! Thank you Caroline!

    Nishara S Avatar Nishara S
    November 11, 2021

    Hi Sanu, I hope you are wonderful ! A very belated happy new year – 3 months into the year. With our wedding now a distant beautiful memory, the honeymoon conquered and thoroughly enjoyed we wanted to take the time to say, thank you on behalf of Haran and I. Wedding dance classes was something we knew we needed but didn’t realise how special it would make our journey. The experience not only made two people with left feet look decent at dancing, but it made our journey to getting married so memorable – coming to your studio in Camberwell every week and enjoying a dinner or dessert after on Bourke Rd was always a pleasure. It was a highlight in our week and something that we could enjoy just the two of us leading up to our special day. We look back with so many fond memories! Your upbeat and warm nature made classes so much fun, you were committed to helping us succeed and get to the level we wanted to for our dance. You pushed us to be the best versions of ourselves through dance and were patient when we needed to learn more moves! Our wedding dance was magical, and our friends and family not only were shocked to learn we could dance but loved the performance. I would recommend The Secret Garden of Dance any day. Would do it all over again! Any couple would be lucky to have this experience with The Secret Garden of Dance – so a huge thank you to Sanu, Caroline and the team for everything. We loved every moment and cant wait to meet again! Racquel and Haran

    Racquel D'Souza Avatar Racquel D'Souza
    April 14, 2023

    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!

    Danielle Thomas Avatar Danielle Thomas
    April 22, 2020

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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