Johanna Sallinen and Omar Bakr will come to Flama in October with their Cuban Salsa and Sensual Bachata Workshops.

Schedule for Saturday, October 17
11:00–12:00 Bachata Ladies Style, open level (solo class), 60 min
12:00–13:00 Salsa Ladies Style, open level (solo class), 60 min
13:15–14:45 Cuban Salsa, intermediate (couple class), 90 min
15:00–16:30 Sensual Bachata, intermediate (couple class), 90 min

The follower spots for the couple salsa and bachata classes are full at the moment. There is still room for leaders and couples in both classes. You can dance with your own pair or you can participate in the continuous rotations of partners. The couple classes will be held in English.

Sign up for the classes by purchasing them at our webshop:
Bachata Ladies Style, 15 €
Salsa Ladies Style, 15 €
– Cuban Salsa, intermediate (couple class), 25 € / person
Sign up as a leader or together with your partner by sending an email to
– Sensual Bachata, intermediate (couple class), 25 € / person
Sign up as a leader or together with your partner by sending an email to


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 visiting 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.

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