Frank Santos (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)

Frank Santos is one of the hottest new talents in Europe as well as in the international salsa scene. Originally from the Dominican Republic, Frank grew up in Italy where he started to develop his talent in dance. With a background in hip-hop, merengue and bachata, Frank started to dance salsa in 2001 and went on to study various styles including Puerto Rican, New York, LA and Cuban. He has taught and performed throughout Europe and beyond – in France, Holland, Poland, Latvia, Bratislava, Slovenia, Italy, Germany, Israel, Brussels, Denmark, Sweden, Bulgaria, the U.S.A and Cuba – just to name a few.

Frank has made appearances on television and stage throughout the UK and Europe. His television appearances include the BBC’s ‘Strictly Come Dance Fever’ and the ‘Trisha’ programme. He has performed with the Leon Rose Project, Iris de Brito, Andrea Stewart and Irene Miguel. His achievements include winning the UISP Italian championship for Cuban and New York-style salsa in 2003, taking part in the Havana Club Tour and performing in Iris de Brito’s ‘El Barrio’ musical. Most recently Frank’s dance group ‘A Yemaya’, for which Frank is the director and choreographer, won the 2008 award for the best UK performance.

He is renowned for his dynamic, creative style and seamlessly incorporates this into his teaching technique – whether he’s teaching “On 1” and “On 2” partner work, styling, shines or most famously bachata. Frank’s current passion is working with bachata and contemporary dance to evolve a new style that fuses the most exciting elements of each.

As an instructor, performer and choreographer Frank continues to make a significant contribution to the salsa and bachata scene. After seeing his work you will realise the drive, commitment and enthusiasm he brings to any arena. A special thank you to Matar and Morena of La Rumba, Italy, for encouraging and helping Frank to fulfil his dream.