Johanna Sallinen and Omar Bakr will come to Flama in March with their Cross Body Salsa and Sensual Bachata Workshops. These workshops take place both on Saturday, the 23th of March and on Sunday, the 24th of March, and the schedule looks like the following:

Saturday, March 23
11:30–13:00 Cross Body Salsa, foundations 1
13:15–15:15 Cross Body Salsa, foundations 2
15:30–16:30 Salsa Ladies Style, open level

Sunday, March 24
11:30–13:30 Sensual Bachata, intermediate


Solo class (60 min): 15€
Cross Body Salsa, foundations 1 (1,5h): 25€
Cross Body Salsa, foundations 2 (2h): 30€
Cross Body Salsa, foundations 1 & foundations 2 (3,5h): 50€
Sensual Bachata, intermediate (2 h): 30€

The Cross Body Salsa classes are especially meant for those who have some previous experience in Cuban Salsa (Casino) and they want to expand their dance knowledge with a new style.

Sign up for the classes by email: Follower spots for all couple classes are full already, pairs and leaders welcome!

ATTENTION! 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.


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.