Echo News Cheltenham 2014 - 2017


Thomas & Anna Melendez founders of SALSADELSOL 

The leading Salsa dance and entertanments company in Cheltenham and Gloucestershire.


Meet the team

Thomas and Anna Melendez are the most experienced, established and professional Salsa dance instructors in Cheltenham and Gloucestershire. They have had four TV appearances including BBC TV's Strictly Dance Fever.

Thomas & Anna Melendez and the team have been invited to teach and perform in international salsa congresses.

They are pioneers in a new local and national NHS scheme in Gloucestershire where students are referred by their GP to salsa del Sol classes.

                                                                                                                                 Salsa del Sol Cheltenham Team at Malta International Salsa Congress 


'Their classes and nights are hugely popular attracting thousands to enjoy the fun Salsa atmosphere and professional tuition.' Cheltenham Echo


As Seen on TV Thomas Melendez and Anna Melendez


Thomas Melendez

Thomas, from Venezuela is learnt Salsa from a young age attending an academy for Latin dance where he was taught by a number of acclaimed dance choreographers. Over the years he has developed his own inimitable and impressive style. Thomas is passionate about Latimusic and dance encouraging all to enjoy the spirit of Latin dancing.

He teaches all styles including: New York Mambo, Salsa Cuban and Hip-hop, Reggaeton Bachata and Merengue.

His teaching specialisms include leading techniques and men's styling as well as musical interpretation.

He choreographs and performs with the Salsa del Sol team in Top International Congresses and has appeared in BBC's Strictly Dance Fever.


Anna Melendez

Anna Melendez has danced Salsa for 15 years and is fully trained in other forms of dance including: ballet, jazz, street and tap.

From the age of 6 she attended a dance academy in Yorkshire.

Her passion for Salsa music stems from her family's strong musical background.

She specialises in New York ladies' styling, shines, choreography and Bachata.  She has choreographed and performed with the Salsa del Sol team in Top International Congresses and has appeared in BBC's Strictly Dance Fever.


Salsa del Sol Master Classes

Bachata, Kizomba, Cuban and DJs

Workshops organised by Salsa del Sol include:

Mauricio Reyes, Super Mario, Enrique Perez, Robert Charlemagne, Leandro Charanga, Jessica Guastella, Simon Oforborh, Jeydikson Lima, Susannah Montero, Kerry Ribchester, Janet Fuentes, Anqelique Sinclair, Giles and Rosa, Nigel Maye, Sergio Fernendez, Femi Otokoya, Miguel and Mayana, Eddie Hunt, Miguel Monteiro, Neelan Kizombeira, Misael Cordero, Edwin Rodriguez Ovalle, Moe Flex, Matthew and sarah Barnes, Sarah Petit, sara Sirati, Vijay Patel, David Flor, Alain Hernandez, Rohan Brown, Wesley Prince, Alvin Thomas, Homero Gonzalez, Frank Santos


Mauricio Reyes, Thomas Melendez, Robert Jessop, Richard Walter, Mani Wotany, DJ Paulito, Eddie Hunt,

Bands and live music:

Javier Moreno, Bex and Franks, Co co Express






Come and meet us at a venue in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire! Check the Salsa classes page for up to date information.