Meet The Team

Chris Pentland

Chris Pentland, founder of SalSeduce Dance Company in Newcastle, runs the largest and well established Salsa Dance Company in the North East.

Through SalSeduce, Chris teaches, DJ’s and performs throughout the region and beyond, bringing his own brand of fun, experience and personality to each class he teaches.

His charismatic teaching approach makes him a very popular teacher, and his growing reputation continues to spread to other parts of the UK.

Having taken lessons, workshops and master classes from some of the world’s most renowned teachers and instructors at some of the biggest congresses and festivals both here and abroad, Chris focuses his teaching on fun and enjoyment, whilst making sure technique and style and being able to bring these skills to the dance floor.

Chris’ classes are fun, full of energy and engaging, allowing him to bring the best out of his students, through his empathy and understanding of their level.

The experience of dancing with the Latin Connection Dance Company has taken Chris all over the world. He has taught and performed at some of the most prestigious UK and International salsa festivals. From the Blackpool Tower Ballroom, to the Scottish Salsa Congress in the Uk and International festivals such as Carthago in Tunisia, Malta and Cyprus salsa festivals.

Along with Chris, the SalSeduce team has a hugely diverse dance and entertainment background. From its representation in the Sambadrome at the 2008 Rio Carnival to various TV and media appearances, SalSeduce offers an eclectic approach to teaching and performance salsa underlined by its popularity in the North East and beyond.

Chris continues to improve his technique and develop his own distinctive style. Today Chris’s passion for developing salsa in the North East has never been stronger. You only have to turn up at one of his nights to see the results for yourself.

Tracy Mason

Began her salsa journey in 2012 after attending a charity event organised by Salseduce and was instantly hooked.

Dancing once a week quickly turned into two/three time a week. Supporting Chris in class along with regular private lessons began to really develop Tracy’s skills as a dancer and teacher. And even today she continues to improve her own dancing and teaching techniques.

Salsa opened up a whole  new world. Meeting people from all corners of the globe who share a love for dancing as well as friends made for life.

Tracey’s Salsa journey has taken her to many unexpected places, along with regular travel to national and local congresses. Tracy has also been part of the SalSeduce Bachata Team, performing at various festivals and parties.

Tracy loves what she, does, the people, the fun and the joy dancing brings to people from all over the world. It’s been an exciting adventure to get to this point and looks forward to where her journey will go next.

Steve Lowry

Steve has had a passion for music from a young age, growing up with a mixed spectrum of musical influence, together with a strong background in sound engineering, production and DJing.

In 2013 Steve fell in love with Salsa dancing. After trying his first lesson at SalSeduce his passion grew quickly, helped by the striking and emotive feel of the Latin music. He quickly became hooked, and later started attending national and international dance congresses, learning salsa and bachata from world-renowned teachers. Steve has since performed as part of the SalSeduce Bachata Team at congresses including Teesside International Festival.

With such a love for music, it wasn’t long before Steve took to the decks under Chris’ wing, and he now regularly plays at SalSeduce events including The Chillout Lounge, Salsabado and Tuesday/Friday socials. He is always adding to his wide collection of Latin music, and aims to create a feel-good party atmosphere whilst catering for all genres of dancers.

Megan Pentland

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David Padayachee

Born and raised in South Africa, David’s passion for music and dance, especially African styles, runs deep. His formal dance training began as a young child with musical theatre, before moving on to hip hop, street, afro house and break dancing in his teenage years. Whilst at university David began training and competing in latin and ballroom styles, giving him his first taste of salsa and the social salsa dancing scene.

His passion for salsa grew upon moving to the UK in 2011, travelling nationally and internationally to attend congresses and receive training from world renowned artists, including an intensive week-long training programme delivered by New York based Yamulee Dance Company, and resulting in an international performance at Berlin Salsa Congress in front of 3000 people.

David’s salsa dancing and performing went from strength to strength, performing nationally and internationally with Latin Connection, The Mambo Factory and SalsAfro Dance Troupe, and choreographing a number of couples salsa shows. David even has a trophy under his belt, his skill and expertise being recognised by competing and placing 2nd in the European and Official British Salsa Championship 2013 finals held in London, after having won the regional heat held at the 5th Teeside Salsa Festival.

David began specialising in urban kiz at the start of 2017, however his love and experience of kizomba comes much earlier.

David’s passion for the urban style of kizomba stems from his background as a musician (he is also an extremely talented drummer), being drawn to this new and exciting music genre and dance form, due to it’s evolution and incorporation of numerous dance styles allowing dancers to move dynamically, with creative interpretation of the music.

Abi Forster

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Balal Adeel

Balal began his dance journey at an early age through modern dancing styles, such as street and hip hop. After discovering his for passion for dance he developed his skills quickly and started to explore the music and different dancing styles.

In 2015, Balal discovered Salsa and Bachata and his new found addiction was evident on the dance floor  becoming an active member of the Newcastle dance scene both on and off the floor.

Since 2016 he has been travelling nationally and internationally to attend dance festivals, he received personal salsa and bachata training from renowned artists, such as Supermario, Fernando Sosa and Frank Santos. He also took part in master classes and intensive bootcamps by Ataca y La Alemana. Rapidly accelerating on the learning curve, Balal was admitted to performance group run by Frank Santos and Amneris Martinez and was coached to perform Bachata performance choreography at professional level and performed at one of the biggest dance festivals in Europe.

To the current day Balal is passionate about developing his skills further. He is a certified Sensual and Dominican Bachata instructor by Daniel and Desiree and Alex and Desiree respectively.

Balal joined the Salseduce Dance Company in 2017 and also performed as part of the SalSeduce Bachata Team.

Alongside his teaching, Balal and has started growing his skills as a DJ with regular slots at SalSeduce events, including a residency slot at the popular monthly SalSeduce Chill Out Lounge. Balal always wants to see people having the best experience and discovering their passion for Latin dances.

Tracey Riley

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