519 8th Ave 12th floor, New York City

About Us

About JoelSalsa

Joel Salsa NY is a Latin dance school based in New York City. We offer different levels of Salsa On2 classes – Beginner, Intermediate, & Advanced.  All of our dance instructors are professional and our Salsa group classes are taught not only with the numbers, but we go deeper into the Salsa music to give you a better understanding of how to feel the rhythm and interpret it into your steps and partner work.

This creates a very different vibe in their group dance classes and lets them stand out from the rest!

The owners and founders of JoelSalsa NY are Joel Dominguez & Maria Palmieri..

They are the most sought after NYC Salsa instructors known for their unique style of dancing and teaching methods. They are known world wide as experts in musicality, technique, leading & following and helping dancers around the world reach their professional dance goals.

Joel Salsa NY was recently listed in TimeOut New York as one of the best places to take Salsa classes!

They also specialize in Private lessons, corporate events and social dance events.

JoelSalsa Studio’s mission is to provide the highest level of artistic education and to inspire dancers & others around the world while keeping a loyal, friendly and encouraging atmosphere.

Joel Dominguez salsa

Joel Dominguez
Owner, JoelSalsa
Salsa Instructor

Joel Dominguez has danced, taught, performed, choreographed and competed throughout various parts of the US and Mexico. He has been studying music and dance for more than ten years and boasts expertise in a broad range of latin dances including Salsa, Cha-Cha, Merengue, Bachata, and Casino Rueda.

He has appeared in commercials, music videos, news programs, and has danced professionally as a promotion for the incomparable, Gloria Estefan; but he maintains that his true passion has always remained with his ability to convey to others his enthusiasm for Salsa music and dance.

He contends that these combined entities celebrate an art form that represents, at the same time, both fever and fluidity. Joel has made it his life’s work to share that passion with others.

As a promoter, he, in cooperation with DJ Antonio “La Conga”, founded the La Vieja Guardia Salsa Social Events.

Maria Palmieri salsa nyc

Maria Palmieri
Co-owner, JoelSalsa
Salsa Instructor

Maria is the one of the main Salsa Instructors at JoelSalsa. She is a very passionate dancer and is known for her sexy and unique style. Maria teaches and performs nationwide with her partner Joel Dominguez. She also specializes in teaching Ladies Styling workshops that help ladies add more confidence, femininity and sexiness to their dancing. She will work the girls to help them bring out their own sexiness and add expression to their dancing. She believes everyone has something unique to add into their dancing……
For more info on Maria and her intensive workshops, please visit her website http://MariaPalmieri.com

andrea ude

Andrea Ude
Salsa Instructor

Andrea Ude began dancing at age 4, learning and performing a variety of styles, including ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical. With a hunger to further diversify her experience with as many dancing styles as possible, Andrea dedicated her college career to expanding her practice, knowledge, and love of dance. She graduated with a BFA in Dance Studies from Long Island University CW Post in 2009. During her undergrad career, she worked with multiple emerging choreographers and performed in legacy works with modern dance companies.

Since graduating, Andrea has continued to engross herself in the dancing world, with a specific focus on social dance, training extensively in Latin styles such as Salsa, Merengue, Rumba, and Cha-Cha as well as smooth styles.

With more than 20 years of dance experience, Andrea has been sharing her love and knowledge of dance through teaching for nearly a decade. From ensuring newlyweds have the perfect first dance, to instilling confidence in individuals looking to learn, Andrea continues to share her passion for dance as a salsa instructor at JoelSalsa.

Nancy Bocanegra dance instructor at JoelSalsa

Nancy Bocanegra
Salsa Instructor

Nancy Bocanegra grew up in Queens, New York. Surrounded by latin music, heritage and culture, Nancy grew up learning how to dance salsa, merengue and bachata yet she took up folkloric dances at a young age performing in parades or schools in the area for special events.

She later stepped into a Ballroom and Latin Dance Studio where she was exposed to all sorts of partner dancing such as hustle, tango, cha cha, west coast swing, foxtrot and waltz yet her heart stayed true with salsa. She furthered her Salsa training by taking lessons with the many talented instructors in New York and even competed with choreographed routines and heats in Philadelphia, Miami, New York and Montreal placing in all categories.

After years of classes, performances, and competitions she started teaching and fell in love with sharing the concepts of dance with others. She also took up Yoga and received her certification to teach. She felt that the more she knew about the body and how it works, she could enhance her level of instruction. Nancy continues to train and teach students individually and as couples to find their style and confidence on any dance floor!

Jason nino Salsa instructor

Jason Nino
Salsa Instructor

Jason began his journey into dance in 2006 when a friend convinced him to try salsa classes as part of a New Year’s resolution. At the time, he believed he would try it for just a few months. Now, over a decade later, he finds himself still learning, still growing, and eager to help others find their own rewarding paths through the amazing world of salsa.

Jason started his study of dance with Salsa International dance studio in Manhattan. He found himself quickly advancing through the school’s classes and eventually becoming an instructor. After leaving the studio, Jason continued teaching at various locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. In addition to his dance studio experience, Jason has also led dance workshops for various venues and organizations including Amherst College, Columbia University, and Poly Prep Country Day School.

Jason’s focus is on helping his students see social dancing not just as a series of movements but as a kind of conversation between dance partners. By helping students understand the mechanics and signals of leading and following, he encourages them to find their own voice and style on the dance floor.

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