What do we teach?

Our primary focus is on teaching Salsa and Bachata but you can also find a few other fun dance styles on our schedule. Click here to see our class schedule.

We love how dancing is a way to help people express their feelings, emotions, personality, thoughts, and to develop new friendships. It also improves students’ endurance, resting heart rate, coordination, flexibility, muscle tone and memory.

We believe that dance heals! It benefits people’s physical and mental health. Dancing helps you burn more calories an hour than riding a bike or swimming, relieve stress, release toxins, increase your overall fitness and general well being.

In addition, dancing not only will help you in physical fitness, but mental fitness too, because It involves heavy usage of our memory through recalling steps, patterns, progressions and dance routines, making it an amazing exercise for your brain

Salsa is a Latin dance, associated with the music genre of the same name, which was first popularized in the United States in the 1960s in New York City. Salsa is a combination of Cuban dances, such as Mambo, Pachanga and Rumba, as well as American dances such as Swing and Tap. Click here to see our Salsa Tutorial Videos.

Salsa on 1 has two essential elements that are the forward/backward basic and the cross-body lead. In this pattern, the leader steps forward on 1, steps to the right on 2-3 while turning 90 degrees counter-clockwise (facing to the left). The follower then steps forward on 5-6, and turns on 7-8, while the leader makes another 90 degrees counter-clockwise. After these 8 counts, the leader and follower have exchanged their positions.

Salsa on 2 timing emphasizes the conga drum’s tumbao pattern, and encourages the dancer to listen to percussive elements of the music. This New York City style also puts emphasis on 2,3 and 6,7, where dancers often integrate elements from New York into their dancing On 1.

Regular Bachata (Modern)
This style of Bachata is a modern adaptation of the original dance. It incorporates more upper-body movements and more highly accentuated lower-body styling. Bachata Moderna adopts many of the turn patterns common in Salsa and is built around a “side-together-side” basic step, rather than the traditional square pattern. Click here to see our Bachata Tutorial Videos.

Sensual Bachata
Sensual Bachata uses the same basic step pattern as Moderna but less complex turn patterns. The movement within this sub-style is very much dictated by a dynamic interpretation of the music; it is characterized by fluid, whole-body stylistic movements such as body waves as well as shoulder, rib-cage and hip isolations.

Dominican Bachata (Traditional)
Dominican Bachata features a smooth sway of the hips accentuated equally on every count and is built around a square “box-step”. It is usually danced in close partnership and the steps themselves are kept simple

Salsa and Bachata lessons in DC and Bethesda
Bachata lessons with Cat Gloria at Salsa With Silvia DC and Bethesda for beginners, and intermediate levels


Salsa Instructors David and Meghan teach at a family event in Montgomery County. Hire Salsa With Silvia to perform and teach at your event


At the Salsa with Silvia studios, we recognize how the Hispanic and Latino community have contributed and inspired us and others to achieve success.

Make your celebration memorable by hiring the Salsa With Silvia studios for an amazing virtual or in-person Salsa or Bachata class. Or you can also hire our incredible performers for a live performance at your own Hispanic Heritage month celebration

We offer:
Virtual Classes & Events
Team Building Workshops
Performances & Lessons At Your Event
Rent Our Beautiful Venues For Meetings & Events

Book your in person or virtual service and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a lot of dance!

Learn, improve, enjoy
Upcoming classes, events & workshops for adults & kids

The Salsa With Silvia dance studio offers Salsa, Bachata and classes in other dance styles. We have something for every student: beginner to advanced, and even for that occasional date night or “want to do something different” night. Change your life, join our dance classes! We have made a difference in so many people’s lives. Got kids? We have great dance programs for kids as well.


Our venues are equipped with top-of-the-line sound, light and visual technology, and are perfect for any occasion: weddings, quinceañera, parties, birthdays, family events, kids birthday parties, team building workshops, photo and video shoots, fashion shows, corporate meetings & events, and more.

Bethesda Venue

Located in the heart of Bethesda and surrounded by restaurants and shops, our venue has a huge terrace along its entire width and offers a great outdoor space that can be decorated to make it more special. Book Now.

Location: 4731 Elm St. (2nd floor), Bethesda, MD, 20814

DC Venue

The DC venue features mirrors and hardwood floors throughout, fourteen-foot ceiling height, dimmable lighting, main floor that can be separated in two individual rooms, office/prep room and a kitchen (no stove). Book Now.

Location: 3232 Georgia Ave. NW, Suite 104, Washington, DC 20010

Getting married soon and looking to dazzle your friends and family with some amazing dance moves? Look no further. Our expert instructors will work with you to create a memorable first dance for you and your partner. During the lessons, the instructor will teach you specific moves to fit specific parts of your song. Click here for more.

The Salsa With Silvia dance instructors will create an amazing and unforgettable choreography for your quinceañeara event, and spends up to 10 hours working on a custom and unique choreography for the surprise dance. Click here for more.

No matter the size of your team, we are here to offer entertainment for them. Our clients hire us to teach dance classes, perform at their events, do team building workshops and more. We can deliver our services in person as well as virtually. Hire us and reward your hard working team with something they will enjoy and remember. Click here for more.

Stunning interior design and state-of-the-art equipment will make your meeting or event unforgettable. Choose from prime locations in DC and Bethesda. Click for venue information, schedule a tour and request a quote.

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In-Studio Classes & Services for adults
Group and private Salsa and Bachata dance classes at the Salsa With Silvia dance studios in DC and Bethesda

All levels are welcome!

The Salsa With Silvia Dance Studio is well known for being the best place to learn Salsa and Bachata in the DMV area. Our dance classes are structured to perfection. Our foundation classes are broken down into 4-week series that give you a solid base to build on. Our ongoing/practice classes are for you to learn more salsa & bachata patterns and do more drills so you can become a better dancer. Click to read our story.

Start with our 4-Week Absolute Beginner Series if you’ve never danced before. If you’ve dance before, Click here to determine your level or contact us to schedule a consultation. Click here to check out class schedule and sign up.

Any class that’s not labeled as a 4-week series is meant for you to get additional practice at your level. Be sure you are placed in the right level by scheduling a consultation or by talking to your instructor. Click for class schedule.

Private lessons are one-on-one with an instructor of your choice. They help you accelerate faster or give you an additional solidification of what you already know. We strongly recommend group classes in combination with private lessons to achieve better social dance results. Click to book a private lesson.

Workshops are specialized classes designed to drill on a specific style and its technique, footwork, body movement or musicality. Our parties and events are super fun and they are the perfect way for you to practice your move, meet new friends and dance a lot! Click for workshops and events schedule.

Think outside the box and engage your team in bonding and trust exercises through dance. They will learn a lot while laughing and having fun. Workshops can be taught at your location or at our studio. Click for more info and quote.

With several performance teams on board and professional instructors, we stand by our name as the No. 1 Latin Dance Studio in the DMV. Hire us for a spectacular performance that will amaze your guests. Add a fun dance lesson to get them up and moving. Click for info and a quote.

We can teach and choreograph in any style of dance. You and your partner will work with the instructor of your choice to learn a beautiful dance that everyone at your wedding will remember. Click for info and a quote.

The Salsa With Silvia Ballroom is one of the most beautiful venues in the DMV area. Stunning interior design and state-of-the-art equipment will make your event unforgettable. Click for venue information, schedule a tour and request a quote.

Why are the Salsa With Silvia dance classes for kids and summer camps the best in the DC/Bethesda area? We stand for top quality, safety, care and fun! The Salsa With Silvia dance studios are located in Washington, DC and in Bethesda, MD. If you are looking for the best dance classes and the best summer camp programs, you have found the right place! We are proud to offer wonderful recreational dance classes and camp programs for children. Our dance classes include styles like: Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, Latin dance, Creative Movement, Mommy and Me and more. Our camp programs are bilingual learning programs with focus on dance. 

Our baby dance classes are super fun and engaging. They are designed to help young children with motor skill development and prepare them for future dance and music classes.

Got a kids birthday party coming up? Let us throw your child a fabulous celebration. Themed birthday parties, dancing, face painting and more. That’s our specialty. You can also rent our beautiful facilities and hire us to teach or perform at your event. Anything kids, we are here to help!

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VIRTUAL Services for adults & COMPANIES
Salsa With Silvia offers virtual corporate dance lessons for Holidays, team building and other occasions.

Want to do something fun with your co-workers, friends or family but can’t get together? Book your own private virtual dance lessons, see familiar faces and learn something new.

Each virtual private dance lesson is one hour long and is valid for one or two people.

Book one of our expert dance instructors to teach you how to dance and have their undivided attention.

Work on technique, footwork, styling, body movement, and more. Great for individuals and couples. Perfect for wedding dance choreography and more!

Perfect for virtual corporate happy hours, company celebrations, family celebrations and more. The best way to “get together” and dance while being away from each other.

Meet The Owner

Find our how owner Silvia Alexiev started from the basement of her house and now has the largest Latin Dance Studio in the DMV.

Meet The Instructors

The Salsa With Silvia instructors are very friendly and experts in teaching salsa and bachata at all levels. Find out more and pick your favorite instructor.

Our Success Stories

The Salsa With Silvia studio has been acknowledged on local TV as well as awarded a grant by the DC government and Mayor Bowser. Watch the videos.