Salsa studio was a winning move for friends

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  • Business with rhythm: Derek Musson with Clave Dance’s salsa dancers (Photograph supplied)

    Business with rhythm: Derek Musson with Clave Dance’s salsa dancers (Photograph supplied)

  • Dance instruction: Derek Musson hosting the salsa pink party event (Photograph supplied)

    Dance instruction: Derek Musson hosting the salsa pink party event (Photograph supplied)

  • Stepping forward: Kieran Bradshaw demonstrates his dance moves (Photograph supplied)

    Stepping forward: Kieran Bradshaw demonstrates his dance moves (Photograph supplied)


Friends with a passion for Latin dance started a recreational business to teach the art, and it has grown in popularity during the past two years.

Clave Dance is the name of the salsa studio, which is currently being held at The Docksiders Pub and Restaurant on Front Street.

The dance studio was created by Kieran Bradshaw and Derek Musson.

Mr Musson said: “I am a musician. I play the organ and piano in two local churches. I have always had a love for music and the art.”

Having this background made him naturally inclined to the rhythm of Latin music. He started dancing to salsa when he finished high school and has been hooked ever since.

“I first began when Salsamania, which is one of the original salsa schools, held an event at Elbow Beach. And I loved it.

“I took classes locally, then when I went to school in Orlando I took up salsa a bit more.”

He and Mr Bradshaw used to dance prior to starting Clave, with Mr Bradshaw teaching salsa classes for over six years, and Mr Musson dancing just as long.

“I was talking with Kieran one day and he said ‘Man, I miss salsa”, and I said me too. He asked if we should start our own classes and I said OK. We decided to host an open house event and we were amazed by the number of people that showed up.”

The event was a success with more than 30 people attending. The pair then introduced group and private dance classes specialising in salsa, bachata and rueda.

When asked why they named their business Clave Dance, Mr Musson said: “We came up with the name Clave, because it is an instrument found in most Latin music. It contains two wooden sticks which are banged together to make a distinctive beat.”

The business has been a growing success, and they want to take it further by introducing classes for children.

“We are in the works of doing a children’s programme so young people can learn the art early and grow up being successful at it. This should be available very soon.”

Mr Musson believes that Bermuda, although a small country, is filled with many talented dancers, not only in Latin, but all kinds such as, dancehall, hip hop, ballet, jazz and pole, which can all be incorporated into salsa.

He said: “Whatever you can bring to salsa, bring it!”

Mr Musson invites everyone out to try it. Group classes for beginners and advanced are on Thursdays and he holds private lessons as well.

For more information on times and pricing please visit the website: http://www.clavedancebermuda.com

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Published Nov 6, 2017 at 8:00 am (Updated Nov 6, 2017 at 12:12 am)

Salsa studio was a winning move for friends

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