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Team Audition!


  • Do you want to be professionally trained by some of the best teachers and performers in the UK?
  • Do you want to be invited to Oxford College Balls and perform amazing routines?

We are happy to announce that the Oxford University Salsa Society (OUSS) is now seeking new members for the Oxford University Salsa Team (OUST) 2018/2019! Salsa dancers of improver/intermediate level and above are welcome to audition for the team and we are looking for motivation, commitment and good team spirit! The team will work on a fast-paced cross-body routine with footwork, partner work and lifts. The main performance we will be working towards is the annual Oxford Salsa Ball (Saturday 25th May), but there will also be the chance to perform at many other salsa parties and events in the UK (or even abroad!) in the surrounding weeks and months.

The team will be coached by Gilberto Prado Mendez and Shelley Cook de Prado who are among the best and most experienced salsa teachers, competitors and performers in the UK! Named as “The UK’s Best Salsa Performers”, they have appeared on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and are well-known internationally for their creativity, unique turn patterns, musicality and shines that they teach with an absolute emphasis on technique. They have years of experience in training dancers of all levels and are the founders of Pexava Dance Company in London. Their semi-professional team, “Alma de Pexava” regularly represents UK salsa across Europe. The collaboration between OUST and Gil and Shelley is also very inspirational because Shelley was once a member of the OUST whilst she was studying in Oxford!

Gil and Shelley are without doubt among Europe’s best teachers, so come and learn their secrets!

About the audition process:

The audition is at Wesley Memorial Church in the Hall – walk down the right hand side of the main church sanctuary to the reception area, and then turn right once inside to approach the entrance of the hall.

There is no need to bring a partner to the audition and both students and non-students are welcome. Wear comfortable clothes, dancing shoes (no problem if you do not own a pair – just make sure you avoid sticky shoes), and bring plenty of water. During the audition, there will be some social dancing to warm up and then Gil and Shelley will teach some shines and partner work.

After the audition, those selected will be invited to attend the first 4 weeks of training starting the following Monday 22nd October. These initial training sessions will focus on technique, and at the end of the 4 weeks, the final team will be chosen. There will be two sessions each week:

  • Monday evenings 8.30-10pm (Note: the audition is a one-off and will start at 8pm!) – coaching with Gil and Shelley
  • Wednesday evenings 8-9.30pm – practice among ourselves what we’re being taught.

These sessions will be held every week during university term time, and regular attendance is expected. Dancers who only take part in the first 4 weeks will pay reduced fees.

So save the date in your calendar and don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity! If you have any questions, feel free to message Matthew Law.

For further inspiration, below are some performance videos!

OUST 2017/2018 routine:


Gil and Shelley:



Alma de Pexava – Gil and Shelley’s semi-pro team: