Founded in January 2013, Alisar Dance Company gets its name from the Spanish word for‘smooth’ . We aim to create and teach a smooth style of dancing for the Latin street style social dances of Salsa and Bachata. While our focus has a strong Salsa component offering private classes, our main goal is to raise the level of Bachata in South Africa. All our social group classes, courses and performance courses and are dedicated to this.
For those wishing to improve their salsa or bachata dancing, we also offer normal private classes and a unique style of intensive “bootcamp” private classes. This bootcamp style has been uniquely developed by Chilly, based on information and experience gained from world-renowned international salsa instructors. With people flying from different cities and even countries to attend his bootcamps, they are known for their fast and guaranteed rate of improvement.
Rachel Cassandra is a teacher and dancer originally from Port Jefferson, New York. Her true loves are dancing, teaching, and travel – and she’s pursued these extensively since she started dancing in 2005. She has a varied dance background and extensive teaching expertise. See for yourself on her YouTube channel!
Rachel has taught in cities around Europe and across the United States. While she periodically bases herself in one city for a time (most recently New York City, London, and Dublin), she is more often living the nomadic teaching lifestyle. Rachel finds particular joy in helping new scenes improve, which has inspired her latest teaching tour. Although she’s not currently running any weekly classes, you can contact her about workshop possibilities.
Kizomba is Rachel’s primary dance. She also provides instruction in semba and has been known to give tips on social tarraxinha.
While she loves following, Rachel is an advocate of gender equality in kizomba. Not only does she teach leaders’ steps and technique, she also leads on the social floor. She encourages everyone to try styling classes and loves to see people exploring both sides of her favorite dance.
In addition, you’ll still find Rachel out doing lindy and blues, and she’s determined to learn West Coast Swing and Zouk-Lambada eventually.