The amazing dancers Johanna Sallinen and Omar Bakr will return to Flama to give intensive courses of sensual bachata on Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21 and in addition, there will be a special party on Saturday night. During the day on Saturday, there will be both solo and couple sensual bachata classes, on Sunday another advanced sensual bachata workshop and there in the midle on Saturday night, a dance party called Saturday Party. Incredible weekend in total, so do not miss the workshops and the party. The places for the followers have been taken already, but there are still places available for Solo Bachata Ladies Style. Leaders are needed, so please sign up NOW by sending an email to
Sat 20.10.2018
11.30–13.30 Sensual Bachata 1, beginners, couple class
13.45–15.45 Sensual Bachata 2, intermediate, couple class
16.00–17.00 Bachata Ladies Style, open level, solo class

21.00–01.00 Sensual Bachata Weekend: Saturday Party

Sun 21.10.2018
12.00–14.00 Sensual Bachata 3, intermediate/advanced, couple class (it is recommended to participate to Saturdays course also, as the Sunday workshop will contain material from Saturdays Imp/Int workshop)

Solo class (60 min): 15 e
Couple class (2h): 30 e
Sensual bachata 2 and 3 classes package: 55 e

Sign up for the classes by email:

ATTENTION! In the couple class, the places for the followers have already been taken, but all the leaders are still able to sign up. The registration is binding! You can cancel your registration for free, if you do it at least 48 hours before the class will take place, After that the cancellation is only possible in case of illness by showing a medical certificate.

“Our main focus is that you learn, while having fun! 🙂 We provide clear instruction and we focus on each and everyone’s development individually. Our training focuses on giving you the tools to become the social dancer everyone wants to dance with at the parties!
At the courses you’ll learn technique, musicality, body awareness & movement and patterns for social dancing. In these classes you’ll learn how to lead & follow new Bachata moves smoothly and make them comfortable & easy for you and your partner, with gracious style! All the moves are for social dancing, so don’t expect long show choreo routines. 😉 ”

Johanna and Omar are versatile and experienced dancers and teachers and they teach i.a. bachata, cha cha, kizomba and salsa together. Through their I Dance Helsinki -organization, Omar and Johanna have long been building the Afro-Latin scene in Helsinki by teaching, bringing foreign artists to Finland and arranging festivals and parties in a weekly basis.

Johanna has danced several different dance styles. Johanna won Salsa European Championship in 2010, so she has a lot of knowledge about dance technique and that knowledge she wants to share with her students. As a teacher, she is known for her demanding but encouraging and clear teaching.

Omar’s dancing career has begun with ballroom dance, but it changed later to Afro-Latin dances. Omar’s strengths are musicality as well as his smooth and clear lead. He encourages and provides tools for each individual student’s progress and improvement.

For Omar and Johanna, it is important that everything learnt during the classes can be applied in a social dance setting. They emphasize the importance of leading and following as well as the learning of the basics, not forgetting musicality. Above all, dancing should be fun and feel good.

on Saturday, the 20th of October from 9 pm to 1 amOn Saturday, the 20th of October from 9 pm to 1 am, there will be an amazing dance party with Omar and Johanna at Dance Studio Flama. DJ Omar will be in charge of the music that night, so the main focus is on bachata but also salsa and kizomba music are played throughout the night. Now it is the best opportunity to get to practice right away what you have learn about bachata earlier that day or you can just come to feel the joy of dancing otherwise.The entrance fee is 8 / 7 € (the cheaper price by showing Flama’s valid punch card or Bailes Cubanos membership card). You can pay the fee either by card or cash.

Remember to take your dance shoes or other indoor shoes with you because the shoes used outdoors will be left in the lobby.

Dance Studio Flama is located next to Turku Castle at Linnankatu 84. Bus Line 1 (Market Square –Turku Harbor) will stop just in front of Flama and the bus trip from market square to the dance studio takes around 10 minutes. Check the bus schedule at to choose the right time to come. If you decide to come by your own car, there are parking options nearby.

Welcome to have fun, enjoy amazing intensive courses, dance, music and above all, people!

Would you like to learn to dance hot and speedy reggaeton? How about lovely salsa or sensual bachata?

These intensive beginners’ workshops are especially meant for new beginners who do not have any previous experience of these dance styles. The classes are held at Dance Studio Flama (Linnankatu 84, Turku) on Saturday, the 25th of August. The classes are meant for everyone, regardless of sex or age.

Schedule on Saturday, the 25th of August:
12:00–13:15 Reggaeton, beginners (75 min)
13:30–14:45 Salsa Solo, beginners (75 min)
15:00–16:15 Bachata Solo, beginners (75 min)

1 workshop: 15 € / 12 € (students, seniors)
2 workshops: 25 € / 22 € (students, seniors)
3 workshops: 35 € / 30 € (students, seniors)

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Reggaeton is the hot dance of Latin nightclubs, and it has been influenced by different dance styles, such as hip hop, dancehall reggae and the Caribbean and South American traditional dances, for example Afro dances. Reggaeton is characterized by strong dynamic fluctuations, polyrhythms and playing with chest and hip isolation in particular. Both strong accents and soft sensual movements are present and they alternate.

Salsa Solo Beginners’ Class takes you to the rhythm of salsa and we will go through basic steps and technique of salsa, body movements and rhythmics.

Bachata is a sensual Latin dance that comes originally from the Dominican Republic. During the class, we will concentrate on footwork, feminine hand and arm lines as well as body language.

The workshops are held by the founder of Dance Studio Flama, Anna Tolppa. Anna fell in love with dancing early. She started with classical ballet at the age of five and continued her dance studies also with jazz and show dance in her childhood and adolescence. Since 2010, she has concentrated on Latin dance. She trained to become a salsa instructor under the direction of a Cuban dance teacher, Ramón Silverio.