The genius couple that we are, we decided 3 weeks before our wedding that we wanted to learn not to do the awkward shuffle for our first dance.
We didn't think we had much hope, but lovely Amanda took pity on us. We were lucky she had a cancellation and managed to squeeze in 3 lessons. Like I said we weren't expecting much but Amanda, amazingly, taught us some brilliant moves.
She made sure we were comfortable and didn't push us anymore than she needed to get us where we could go. We managed to get a couple of lifts in and the dance went down an absolute treat. We got so much applause and compliments but the truth is without Amanda it wouldn't have been possible.
Thank you Amanda for helping us make a memory that will stay with us forever Brilliant teacher and lovely person Highly highly recommended.
Around 4 months ago Sue Collins and I ventured into drop-in beginners Salsa & Bachata lessons with the amazing Amanda Hawley.
Wednesday's in Nottingham changed forever with regular attendance at the beginners drop ins (each week is different and you always leave having learnt something new!) and a beginners salsa course under our belts.
We are now about to embark into the world of improvers eeek! All the dancing guys are so generous and patient I can't thank them enough (you know who you are) helping us continue to learn and practice.
We want to say a massive thank you, to Amanda Hawley for inviting Destino to perform at her Todo Latino party in Nottingham last night! Always so supportive and a great host. We had a fab time!! The crowd were awesome!
Thank you, Julian for a great intro and for always backing the team. We could feel the love great music and lesson too with yourself and Tara. Strawberries should be compulsory at every Bachata night!
Great to see Michelle, Georgie and Miguel V there. And also thanks to Jodie, Andy, Monica, Laura, Matthew, Donna and many more, for your cheers during the show. Big shout out though to Richard for coming along to support despite the super early start at work this morning!
Woo hoo, today it's exactly 6 months since we began Salsa classes, and what a great 6 months it's been and such a great life skill to have learnt!
So thank you to our fab teachers Amanda & Angelo, and to the lovely Jazz for their help. Thanks also to the brave people who have either led or followed us, or practised with us after class
In turn we've developed a new set of friends and love the socialising with them afterwards
So for anyone thinking "should I try it?" we say do it!
Here's to the next 6 months!
Salsa-versity team (Carol, Jan and Roby) would like to just say a massive thank you to Amanda Hawley (Todo Latino) for a fantastic Bachata Fundamentals workshop this afternoon. We have all learnt something new and will be taking away with us to practice and social dance. We will hopefully have Amanda back to do another workshop soon, watch this space.
I personally would like to say a big thank you to Amanda, what I have learnt in today's workshop has blown what I have learnt in the last 8 years of dancing clean out of the water!
Superb evening... thanks boys for all the lovely dances and girls for the great company and giggles! - My feet hurt and I'm well and truely worn out now! A perfect night!
Just wanted to say thanks a lot for everything you taught me when I started dancing with you. Did my first competition yesterday—nothing serious, just a small uni thing and I only entered novice level.
Anyway me and my partner came 1st in Bachata and Ben, though I messed up our Salsa a little bit, still came in 3rd place. The Bachata routine especially had a lot of stuff in it that you taught me, so I really do owe you.
Hope to be able to make it to one of your parties sometime soon! Send regards to your mum x
I can't believe week 8 of the beginners' course is next week. It's flown.
I just wanted to say how much I've loved the classes, I've completely fallen in love with salsa (and bachata) and want to make dancing a regular thing.
You're an inspiring and fun teacher and you'll be glad to know I've been recommending Todo Latino classes to friends in Nottingham and Loughborough.
Also, just wanted to say how much we are both enjoying the Salsa course - do many people do two of your courses simultaneously? Is it worth us joining your Thursday Loughborough one too to try and pick things up quicker.
Can't wait until we're as good as the class that you teach after us - they look amazing!
Good Afternoon Amanda,
Just a last big thank you for helping making my wife's birthday really special. Everyone and I mean everyone absolutely loved the experience and thought you were an excellent instructor.
So once again...Thank you
I just wanted to take the opportunity to say that I really enjoyed the Salsa class this evening, thank you. I look forward to learning more next week.
Amanda has a great teaching style, master the basics, build on a firm foundation. Great sense of humour too. Workshop was an amazing confidence builder for me.
Thanks Amanda x
Finally in bed after a brilliant night at Todo Latino Dance Co. Bachata Night.
Many thanks to all the guys for some great dances and Amanda Hawley for organising such an awesome event!! Not heard a live bachata band since we were in DR back in May last year and the guys tonight were fantastic :)
Spent my life thinking that I should dance, but not doing it because I felt too wooden and afraid of getting in a tangle. Thanks for your patience, attention and for making it fun.
I'm really getting into salsa, I'm progressing far further than I thought physically possible for a man of my... erm... coordination and am having fun at the same time.
Really enjoying it, so thought I should say... THANK YOU
First class night - very friendly and helpful... It was beginners - helped everyone to get the moves by practising with different partners... Really enjoyed it.
Dance for me is all about passion and energy and attitude. Amanda has loads of all three. Fantastic energy and passion for Salsa and Bachata.
A fun evening thanks. Lots of lovely dances and a perfect way to see in the New Year with new friends!
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