Ainsley is the first UKA
Club Dance Salsa LICENTIATE.
Born in St Lucia, a small island in the Caribbean, he
came to the UK when he was twelve years old. Tony trained
at The Urdang Academy of Performing Arts in Covent Garden,
London where he studied Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz
Dance. He first discovered Salsa whilst working on a
cruise ship as a dancer. The ship stopped at Puerto
Rico and all the crew went off to find a club to let
their hair down! The music and the dancing that Tony
saw made him determined to master the form.
He came back to London and started to train with Elder
Sanchez, Fellow UKA. Elder
saw the talent that Tony possessed and invited him to
Tony has danced with Elder's dance company "Salsoteca"
and Xihomara Granados (also Fellow UKA), and her dance
company "Yurapari". Not only do they dance Salsa they
also dance many other Latin American dances including
traditional Columbian folk dance.
Xihomara was the first lady to introduce Salsa to London
and continues to be one of the leading ladies within
the Salsa scene. Elder has contributed enormously in
all aspects of the dance and it was through his determination
and hard work that Salsa is now a recognized dance within
Tony Ainsley was the first Salsa teacher to gain the
UKA Diploma in Salsa and Latin American dance. He has
taught classes all over London and the surrounding areas.
His pupils range from absolute beginners to veteran
salseros. Tony stresses that no one need feel excluded
from Salsa. It attracts all ages, races and personalities.
Tony's youngest student is six years old and his oldest
student is 71 years young!
Tony has made many students blush or snigger with his
now infamous description of Salsa. He says "Salsa is
the vertical expression of the horizontal desire!" You
may not like it ...But can you deny it?