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Shannon Shiell

Director, Senior Instructor & DJ

Meet the energetic Shannon Shiell, Academia de Salsa's founder and director.

Shannon formed the Academia De Salsa some 30 years ago, originally as a hobby while she completed her Latin American studies at Glasgow University and learned salsa in Colombia and Cuba.

Shannon is a full time promoter of Salsa and her innovation keeps the Scottish salsa scene kicking! 


Senior Instructor & DJ


Grant DJs at most of our events and is a well loved member of the team. Grant also teaches salsa and bachata.


He’s a smooth dancer, always very welcoming and has a wicked sense of humour, usually conveyed through his customised T-shirts.

DJ Dan

Starting his Salsa journey as our office assistant, Dan had no choice but to become lost in the wonderful world of Latin dance! As he started sourcing and experimenting with salsa beats, his natural musical ear caught our attention, and having moved from the desk to decks, you'll more often find him entertaining the crowds at our regular events.



Craig teaches our Beginners & Improvers classes . He is very approachable and welcoming and will go out of his way to help you.

Tio Frank

Frank is an inspiration to us all, old and young alike.

His vitality in life and on the dance floor has won him many admirers, not to mention dance competitions too! 

Youthful, with 90 years of experience behind him, we all ADORE our Tio Frank! He started our classes aged 70!! Go Frank!

He is our welcome committee and official party patriarch...he is usually the first and last man standing!

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