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Looking for salsa lessons in Toronto?
Welcome to Dance To Live Studio!


Check out our Toronto Salsa Classes schedule!We have just started registration for NEW Salsa Classes in Toronto!




MONDAYS @ 882A Eglinton Ave. West  

For REGISTRATION & 2013 Class Schedule, please visit our SCHEDULE page. 


Are you looking for Toronto salsa lessons/salsa classes because...

  • ... the stress of everyday life hurts your posture, kills your sex appeal, and affects your waistline?

    - Our students get it all back as they practice salsa with us!

  • ...you want more fun, more laughter, more positive changes in your life?

    - You get it all at Dance to Live. It is impossible not to laugh and not to have fun as you learn salsa with our exceptional group of instructors and students.

  • ...you miss having human contact and meeting people for REAL, in a time when meeting and greeting online has become the norm?

    - You are on the right track! Salsa dancing is inclusive, sexy, and very popular in Toronto. We make sure you get the most out of salsa lessons in our Toronto studio. Great relationships and friendships have started right here on the dance floor!

We invite you to come and learn to salsa dance in one of the most respected and longest standing studios in town, Dance to Live Studio. Run by Paula and Jose - entertainers, teachers and choreographers - Dance to Live teaches salsa in Toronto since 1996.

Learn more about Dance to Live Studio and our teaching method

Dance to Live is unique. Paula and Jose developed their successful teaching technique over many years, and it has received compliments from hundreds of their students. Quality, not quantity is important here.

Our fine-tuned program makes your learning as effortless and fast as it could possibly be thanks to a lot of individual attention, clear instruction in class, and free access to online videos to practice in the comfort of your own home.

We provide fun and safe training grounds to learn good technique and salsa language before you expand your horizons to the Toronto salsa practice, night clubs, Canada Salsa Congress and Montreal Salsa Convention .

We keep our classes small and personal. We hold your hand as you learn the beat, the rhythm, and your first moves. And as you grow, we challenge you to try new things and become an even better dancer.

Whatever level you are at, we ensure you get what you are looking for. We work with you on your specific needs to help you excel. Our instructors are not only great dancers, but also great teachers (Read student testimonials and meet our Toronto dance studio instructors team).

If you don't get the move, we pause and find another way to explain it. If you progress faster than anyone else in the class, we will switch you to the next level. You'll never feel rushed or pressured here.

Beginner Salsa Classes Toronto

If you're feeling shy and uncertain - if you've ever avoided going to clubs or have doubts about dancing in public, Dance to Live Studio is here to dissolve those fears and get you moving to the salsa rhythm. Rest assured that we will give you the knowledge and tools to build a solid base in your salsa dancing so that you can develop the confidence you need to dance with any partner.

Free Online Training Video

Our progressive system teaches you the foundations of salsa with greater retention because every lesson builds upon the previous one at a comfortable speed. In-between your salsa courses, your your watch-at-home video helps you refresh your memory before club-hopping. Here is an example of a move that you will be able to do after our first level salsa classes:


Alemana & Half Turn

Why video?

Science has proven again and again that for your brain, watching the move is about as effective as doing it.

For example, beginner men often find it difficult to remember combinations of salsa moves to lead. They forget proper hand positions of moves as their brain doesn't want to retain so much new information at once.

Watching the video where Paula and Jose dance the moves that you have learned in your Toronto salsa class helps you to remember them so that you can practice them over and over again, correctly.

Research on dance skill acquisition, in this case your salsa dance skills, indicates that continuing practice improves motor skills. At Dance to Live, we understand and stress the importance of repetition as our Toronto salsa class program is also set up to always repeat what was learned in the class before. Once the appropriate neurological pattern is set up (i.e., the movement is being executed correctly and efficiently), repetition will ingrain the skill into the body.

Similarly, ladies can always check their salsa steps, and practice their styling. It is not easy to start doing sexy body and shoulder rolls. Practice at home not only facilitates the acquisition of this skill at a quicker pace, but it also allows you to go from feeling awkward to looking and feeling more fluid on the dance floor. Just several minutes a day of watching and doing the moves with proper technique goes a long way. When we get to repeat previously learned information we are allowing our brain to recall and access this information, creating stronger connections in the brain. The stronger and more accessible the information becomes, the less time it takes us to express it.

Learning salsa language
and dancing with any partner in our Toronto dance studio

After passing through our specialized course for beginners, you'll receive the technical "know how" to excel in your dancing no matter where you go....nightclubs, salsa practice sessions, weddings, corporate engagements, etc. Additionally you'll learn the etiquette and language of salsa, which transfers easily to the Toronto salsa scene. The Toronto dancing scene is very active and inclusive, welcoming people of every age and level.

Unlike ballroom dancing, salsa is much more inclusive and relaxed. Check out this video where Paula casually dances with the SalsaCEO, Juan Calderon of Cultural Explosion from NJ, USA. This is the club-style salsa that you will be learning:

After learning specific techniques on how to lead, or how to follow salsa moves, these moves will become a second language. The beauty of Salsa is in being able to dance with anyone, from any level, simply by knowing and understanding the signals to give (as a leader) and by understanding how to read/interpret the signals (as a follower). In a fun, encouraging environment, Dance to Live ensures that each time you take a Toronto salsa class, you leave with that extra little bit of knowledge that you can apply successfully within the Toronto salsa scene or simply with your partner at home.

Switching partners

Each person in salsa brings in a new dynamic. At Dance to Live, we make sure to change partners in our classes so you can experience the nuances and patterns that you can take out on the town. Salsa is the most popular dance style in the Toronto clubs, so you will expand your circle of like-minded people faster with salsa than with any other dance.

Free Assessment

If you already took some salsa lessons, call us to schedule a free 10 minute assessment. No need for you to start from scratch. We will place you in the class that you will benefit from the most.

Intermediate and Performance Salsa Classes in Toronto

If you're an intermediate or advanced dancer, you will find 6- 9 levels of salsa classes that you can choose from. We also offer an intimate performance salsa class in Toronto for refining those skills and taking them to a whole new level. Our salsa dance classes for amateur adults teach complex choreography and help you refine your dancing and polish your moves so that you look like a pro!

Check out our student performance video here:

And the result....

Cha-cha, hip hop, bachata and hustle classes

For those who want to shake, rattle, and roll to other beats, we also teach how to dance the hustle, how to hip hop, and how to do the cha-cha slide just to name a few.

Benefits of dancing salsa

Dancing is a wonderful exercise. If you want to keep your mind and body in the best possible shape - replace that gym workout with salsa classes in our Toronto studio.

You'll find that class time breezes by while you dance out your stress, burn calories, and just have a great time. In our comfortable atmosphere you can meet new people or put a whole new spark into your current relationship. Dancing together is a great way to rekindle and fan the flames of romance - it never goes out of style!

Whether you want to dance for exercise, enjoyment or even for competition, our instructors facilitate your success. Here you'll be learning with other people passionate about dance, and enjoying their company - it's a great social outlet that inspires creativity and supports your overall well-being. We offer classes for adults, teenagers and children in downtown Toronto just two blocks south of St. Clair on Bathurst St. Salsa dancing in Toronto has never been easier or more accessible!

At DTL, we offer a wide variety of group classes including:

(to view our Updated Schedule Click Here)

  • Drop in classes
  • Registered group classes, private instruction (group/individual) and special workshops
  • Performance Teams
  • Event Entertainment (Performances or Instruction)
  • Dance choreography

We also offer private instruction in Salsa, Merengue, Cha Cha, Cumbia, Bachata, Flamenco & Hip Hop.

Come out and Dance with us: Check out our upcoming Socials & Events Page!

Click here to check out our Workshops!


Whether you’re a seasoned dancer or just starting out, Dance To Live guarantees to have a class that will have you dancing new moves in no time!

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