Johanna Sallinen and Omar Bakr will come to Flama in November 2019 with their Cuban Salsa and Sensual Bachata Workshops. These workshops take place both on Saturday, the 23rd of November and on Sunday, the 24th of November, and the schedule looks like the following:

Saturday, November 23
11:00–12:15 Cuban Salsa, advanced beginners (couple class), 75 min
12:30–13:45 Cuban Salsa, intermediate (couple class), 75 min
13:45–14:45 Salsa Ladies Style, open level (solo class), 60 min
20.00–21.00 Sensual Bachata Pre-Party workshop, beginners, 60 min
21.00–1.00 Saturday Social Afro-Latin party at Flama with DJ Omar

Sunday, November 24
12:00–14:00 Sensual Bachata, keskitaso (2 h)

– 75 min workshops (Cuban Salsa advanced beginners or intermediate): 20 € / 75 min
– Salsa Ladies Style, solo class, 60 min: 15 €
– Pre-party workshop (the price includes the entrance fee to the party): 22 €
– Sensual Bachata, intermediate (2 h): 30 €

Sign up for the classes by email: You can sign up for the workshops alone or with your partner, we will take care of the balance between leaders and followers.

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.