OUR TEAM

Basil Pinnock – Licentiate UKA
Director of Dance2Infinity Dance Academy
Salsa, Cuban and Bachata Teacher – Levels 1-6

Basil has been involved in competitive sports and dance for most of his life and has trained, taught and performed in a number of different disciplines. In particular, he has represented the UK in the martial art of Tae Kwon Do at both national and international levels. Until 2008, Basil worked as a lawyer with one of the biggest Criminal Law firms in the country but retired from the profession to start his own Dance Company.

A great deal of Basil’s early years were spent in the various Jazz Dance clubs up and down the country. This was a unique underground dance scene, where the emphasis was on solo footwork and breath-taking body movement. The ‘Latin Jazz’ music played during this period has been a strong influence on the music currently played at Dance2Salsa events and has made a major contribution to Basil’s understanding of the music and his expression of it.

Salsa became a major part of Basil’s life in 2001 and he has dedicated himself to learning and teaching all aspects of this fantastic art form. He started Dance2Salsa in the Autumn of 2006 at Bird Hills Golf Club with Melissa Lambourne who in that time has established herself as the ‘First Lady’ of Dance2Salsa. Basil now teaches a number of different dance styles and forms including Cross Body Lead salsa On1, Mambo On2 (Palladium/Classic timing), Cha Cha Cha and Bachata Tango. With his partner Melissa, he also delivers unique 3 hour workshops in areas such as Musical interpretation and application to dance, Ladies and Men’s Styling, Spins and Rotations, Footwork and Solo movement and Dancing On2.

Basil has developed a unique system of teaching and delivery built around a strong syllabus, the focus of which is the development of excellent ‘Core Technique’, matched by strong leading and following skills. Fundamental to the above is a thorough understanding of and awareness of the music as well as the development of musical expression. This can be seen in the high calibre dancers that have been through the program. Basil is UKA qualified to ‘Licentiate’ level after passing his higher level UKA exam in June 2007 with the United Kingdom Alliance.

In the last three years, Basil and Melissa have jointly choreographed a number of performances at professional and student level and have performed and taught at various venues around the country.

Melissa Lambourne
Assistant Director of Dance2Infinity Dance Academy

Salsa Assistant Teacher – Levels 1-6

Melissa is a trained beauty therapist by profession and for the past 12 years she has run her own salon and is a fully qualified beautician, reflexologist and specialist in electrolysis. Melissa has a particular and personal interest in the healing arts.

She has been dancing now for about 9 years and has established a reputation for excellent technique and great following skills. Not one to blow her own trumpet, Melissa is quietly understated but with very stylish technique. She is regularly sought after by other female dancers for advice in relation to styling, body movement and technique. Melissa has been teaching all aspects of salsa dance from a follower’s perspective and regularly assists Basil in the delivery of the Advanced and Dance Development classes as well as the various specialist workshops.

Melissa’s knowledge and experience of dance, in particular, Salsa On1, Mambo On2, Cha Cha Cha and body movement and styling has a major impact on the look and feel of the shows produced by Dance2Salsa. She is also the founder and director of Latin Dance Society which specialises in the delivery of weekly dance classes focusing on various Latin dances including Salsa, Reggaeton, Cha Cha Cha, Bachata and Merengue. Melissa is available for one on one private lessons or workshops on a larger scale.

Makeup and photography is a developing area of interest for Melissa and she currently undertakes regular studio sessions.

Alison Hayward
Salsa Assistant Teacher – Level 1

Alison started out as a ballroom and latin dancer and competed regularly with her university dancesport team. Several years ago she transitioned to salsa and has been addicted ever since. She has performed in Dance2Infinity’s salsa and bachata teams Fuego and Mezcla and looks forward to performing again in future teams. She recently joined the teaching team as an assistant instructor at the beginner levels.

Alison Winson
Salsa Assistant Teacher – Levels 1-6

Alison has been involved with Dance2Salsa for a number of years and is now a member of both the Salsa and Cuban teaching teams. Alison initally joined as a student attending our weekly classes and quickly excelled. She has been a longstanding member of our performance teams including Bailar en Clave, Tiempo y Cadencia and Fuego.

Alison is dedicated to developing her dance skills as well as help other dancers along the way and is currently an assistant instructor in Salsa and Cuban partnerwork as well as a continuous member of our performance teams as dancer and choreographer. Her dedication to her dance development continues and passionate about her dance and the development of others.

Andy Goodall
Cross Body Salsa and Cuban Teacher – Levels 1-4

Andy discovered Latin music 25 years ago and has been obsessed with every aspect of the music and dance ever since. Andy teaches crossbody and Cuban salsa, with a real passion for la rueda, son and rumba, and all aspects of Afro-Cuban and folkloric culture. Andy is a true enthusiast and attends various weekenders etc to further his dance knowledge.

He is a fluent Spanish speaker and has also performed with Fuego. Andy has been dancing with Dance2Infinity for many years now and is currently a resident teacher on our Monday Dance2Cuban night and is an intergral part of developing this night. He currently teaches beginners and Improvers levels.

Clair Dawson
Bachata Assistant Teacher – Levels 1 and 2

Clair has been dancing salsa for about 10 years and enjoys cuban, cross body salsa, as well as Cha Cha and Bachata. Clair has been a longstanding member of Dance2Infinity Dance Academy and has joined the Bachata teaching team teaching level 1 bachata since 2016 hoping to share her love of dance with others. Clair has developed a real passion for the dance and is a dedicated and committed member of the team. 

Clair can regularly be found at our cross body salsa, cuban and bachata nights.

Clair Liddiard
Salsa Assistant Teacher – Levels 1-3

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Eva Miles
Salsa, Cuban and Bachata Teacher – Levels 1-4

Eva is a professional Horticulturalist based in Farnham Royal in South Berkshire. Eva owns and runs her own plant nursery which specialises in Clematis, being one of the most popular and versatile type of climber grown in the UK.

Eva is fortunate enough to be able to bring a wide range of experiences to her salsa teaching as the following demonstrates. She has always been interested in dance with a background in ballet and modern dance reaching silver medal standard. Two of her most recent dance interests have become salsa and ballroom.

Eva has danced Salsa for over 4 years and has in recent times been teaching beginners level salsa. She is very interested in shines & footwork and can often be seen passing on her passion for shines to others. Not one to rest on her laurels, Eva has set her sights firmly on the ballroom dance floor and is currently in the process of learning this increasingly popular activity.

As a teacher, Eva is very patient and always willing to assist anyone having difficulty with any aspect of their salsa experience.

Franck Dakpogan
Salsa, Cuban, Bachata and Kizomba Team Member

Franck has always been interested in dance and music since his teenage years at the sound of Kassav (Zouk), Africando, Johnny Pacheco and Tito Puente (Salsa) tracks, to name just a few. Originating from Benin thus sharing the same origin as Gnonnas Pedro, perhaps best known as the lead singer of the well-known Africando Salsa group, Franck has been frequently dancing for little over 6 years now.

Franck has embraced Salsa (CBL and Cuban), Bachata and mostly Kizomba and Semba with passion. Franck has set himself the target of being able to fluently dance with anybody who loves dancing including the most advanced female dancers on this planet. He is well on his way and is not doing badly at all!

With the Kaizen approach, Franck is constantly enhancing his skill sets and enthusiastically sharing them with everyone at Dance2infinity through taxi dancing and teaching.
As the saying goes: “ Every pro was once an amateur and every expert was once a beginner”

Gemma Needham
Salsa Assistant Teacher – Level 1

Gemma was first introduced to salsa in Birmingham 6 years ago, but became involved with Dance2Salsa when she moved to the area 2 years ago. She has been one of the most passionate contributors to dance in recent years and always gives heart and soul. Her passion for dance is infectious and is felt by all who come into contact with her.

She has previously performed in the Fuego student performance team in various venues around the uk and has recently become a member of the Dance2Salsa teaching team as an assistant teacher at the beginners level. She also enjoys and is a regular attendee at out Bachata Fusion nights. Gemma’s other interests include sustainability, meditation and first aid.

Heidi Turner
Bachata Assistant Teacher – Levels 1 and 2

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James Sedgbeer
Salsa Teacher – Levels 1-5

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Julie Butler
Salsa Teacher, Levels 1-3
Salsa Assistant Teacher – Levels 1-6

Julie has been a principal player in the development of Dance2Salsa and has been a teacher’s assistant and teacher almost since the beginning. Julie has great technique and is a fantastic example of what it means to dance with style and grace. Julie has previously performed with the Fuego performance team and currently teaches from levle 1-6 on our cross body salsa night and at all levels on our cuban night.

Klara Sedinova
Salsa Assistant Teacher – Levels 1-5

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Ko Ko
Kizomba & Afrobeat DJ

Born in the Gambia, raised in France and England. She has grown up loving different genre of music from bashment, rnb, pop, afrobeat and many more; with her favourite childhood memories tied to Bollywood music. Her love for music began at a young age when her dad used to teach her to dance to Bollywood songs and some 80’s funk. She first came into contact with Kizomba over 2 years ago and has truly embrace the Angolan dance as well as the music.

She considers music as her therapy.  It allows her to put her daily stress and cares on the back burner for a bit and decompress.  She loves getting lost in music and the joyful feelings it stirs up in her chest. Koko is resident dj at Rugby Club – Dance2Infinity, she has played in Bird Hills Golf Club – Dance2kizomba, West End Tiger Tiger – Kiz Lounge, Festac – Love2Dance and Jetset Club.

Marie Baguena
Salsa Assistant, Teacher – Levels 1-6

Marie has been part of Dance2Infinity for 9 years where she has learnt to dance different styles including Salsa on1, classic mambo on2, on Clave, Bachata and Kizomba. In the last few years, she has become part of the teaching team for Salsa and has assisted at all levels at D2infinity and assisted as part of D2I at other clubs. She has also been part of the student and advanced performance groups as a student but more recently has choreographed the Fuego student performance team in 2017.

Marie runs her own business as a Virtual Personal Assistant which allows her to work from home, providing a service to help businesses with their office administration.

She has a particular interest in holistic therapies such as Acupuncture, Kinesiology, Energy Healing and Nutrition.

Marta Garrod Brodka
Kizomba Assistant Teacher – Levels 1-3

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Marta Majercik
Cuban and Exercise Teacher – Levels 1-3

Marta is a professional Dance Teacher, Choreographer, Performer and Instructor of fitness dance classes. She has been dancing since she was 7 years old and started with Ballet followed by ballroom dancing. She has been dancing salsa since 2002. She originally came from Slovakia where she established and directed her own dance school running various classes for adults and children. She has been traveling around her country and Europe to teach various dances (mainly Salsa) and share her enthusiasm and love for these dances & culture. Marta organised 2 international dance festivals with one of the world’s most famous artists as well as being honoured with a special award from the Slovak Institute of Gender Equality.

Marta’s expertise:
Classical dance, contemporary, Latin & Ballroom dances (3rd place in Slovak Championship 2001), Cuban Salsa, Rueda de Casino, Rumba, Afro Cuban, Son Cubano, Reggaeton, Cha-cha-cha, Bachata, Kizomba, Zouk, Carnival Samba, Merengue as well as ladies styling, shines and musicality. She has studied dance in many famous schools, congresses and workshops in various capitals of dance (Prague, Milan, Munich, Budapest, Brno, Bratislava). Her portfolio is large and growing. Marta’s passion and love for dancing are obvious in her classes and performances. She gladly takes every opportunity to spread the joy of dance and share it with her students & audience.

Ronky Jones
Salsa and Cuban Assistant Teacher – Levels 1-3

I still remember the first time I stepped out on the dance floor, I went with a friend to a salsa class & was instantly hooked. hat was 12 years ago & I have been dancing (still loving it) ever since.In those 12 years I have dance cross body, on2 & kizomba, but there always be a special place in my heart for Cuban.

I have made some great friendships along the way as well as having a shoe collection that rival Imelda Marcos. More recently I’ve found myself in the privileged position of sharing my passion for dance & helping others to find theirs through teaching.

Sarah Norville
Salsa Assistant Teacher – Levels 1-5

Sarah is an assistant in the Dance2Salsa team and has quickly risen through the ranks from the beginner levels. Sarah has performed for Fuego, Tiempo y Cadencia and Bailar en Clave and will be part of future performance teams. She has a particular skill in marketing and regularly advised in relation to marking activities associated with Dance2Salsa events.

Tim Wreakes
Salsa Teacher – Levels 1-5


Tim has been a longstanding member of the Dance2Salsa teaching team and is developing into a fantastic teacher. He currently teachers all levels of salsa from level 1 – level 5 and is around on the dance floor until the end of the evenings proceedings. He is an expert in the martial art of Wing Chun and has previously performed for Fuego, Tiempo y Cadencia and Bailar en Clave. Tim’s style is smooth and precise and he is in high demand on the dance floor.

Val Walters
Cuban and Salsa Assistant Teacher – Levels 1 – 3

Val first discovered her love of dancing at 9 years old when her dad taught her how to Quickstep. Over the years, her passion for dancing has diversified from Ballroom to Disco, from Belly Dancing to Latin, and several years ago she joined the Dance2Infinity Academy to learn Salsa, Cha Cha and Bachata. She became a member of the Cuban Salsa teaching team in 2017, and more recently the Cross Body Salsa team  to encourage and inspire others to feel that same passion for dance.  “Dance with your heart and your feet will follow”

Vladi Tesarovicova
Kizomba Assistant Teacher – Levels 1 and 2

Vladi, who is a swimming instructor by day and dancer by night began her dance journey as something to tick off on her ‘to-do list’ and since then, has learned Cuban Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba. She is a permanent fixture at Dance2Infinity, with proven abilities in all her dances. Her main focus is Kizomba and has recently started Ballet, to add grace and beauty to her dancing.

Along with her dance partner (Alvin) Vladi is looking to develop her kizomba dance, teaching and performance skills and regularly travels around the world updating her kizomba knowledge. She is one person guaranteed to get the party going with a bang.

Maduro Salsa Team Members

Tony Rudge – Associate of UKA
Maduro Salsa – Beginners to Level 4

Tony is a sport/leisure/facilities and events manager and sponsorship trainer.  His parents were professional dance teachers, and he started on the dance floor at the age of seven when he learnt Ballroom, Latin American and Old Time Dancing. In his teens he turned to Rock ‘n’ Roll and entered competitions as well as giving exhibitions and at the age of 17 years ran a Rock ‘n’ Roll club in Berkhamsted.

He has been involved in the salsa scene for the last twelve years and became an Associate of the UKA in 2007.  Currently working with Yvonne running daytime classes for the “More Mature” under the banner of Maduro Salsa, including undertaking classes for Wokingham Borough Council’s SHINE programme, Staines Community Centre and Clewer Y & C Centre near Windsor. 

Yvonne Rudge – Associate of UKA
Maduro Salsa – Beginners to Level 4

Yvonne is a retired administrator and book-keeper. Her other achievements include running in the London and Dublin Marathons.  She started her dancing activities at the age of five in both Ballet and Tap, this continued for nine years during which she had become a very competent dancer.  She then changed course into Ballroom and Latin American dancing and socially entered into the Rock ‘n’ Roll scene.

She has been involved in the salsa scene for the last twelve years and became an Associate of the UKA in 2007.  Currently working with Tony running daytime classes for the “More Mature” under the banner of Maduro Salsa, including undertaking classes for Wokingham Borough Council’s SHINE programme, Staines Community Centre and Clewer Y & C Centre near Windsor.