Alchemy Dance Academy


Alchemy Dance Academy is one of the UK's premier salsa academies. Established in 2005, we have two Hampshire branches in Winchester and Basingstoke - within 20 minutes of each other making it easy for students to dance multiple nights during the week. We are also the UK's biggest salsa school specialising in Salsa On2 aka New York Mambo, with students travelling from far and wide for our classes. We have a weekly salsa social on Thursday evenings in Basingstoke.

Directors Marchant & Davina Birch are one of the UK salsa scene's finest teaching and performing couples. Both trained dancers, they have a lifetime of experience in dance and decades of teaching experience between them. All teachers at Alchemy have been trained by Marchant & Davina, so you are in the very best of dance hands. All level classes have two teachers, so leaders and followers alike will be given the information and guidance required to be the best dancer you can be!

If you are new to salsa we have a friendly, fun & social atmosphere at our classes to help you relax and enjoy your first salsa steps on our Beginners courses. Visit our beginners page for more info. If you would like to try a before signing up to a course, we occasionally have a beginners taster class at our party nights.

Those who have some prior salsa experience can expect the highest standard of teaching to take your dancing to the next level. All our classes are taught On2, so we have an Introduction to On2 class usually once a month for On1 dancers wishing to join Alchemy.

Alchemy Dance Academy is based at;

Unit 12, Winchester 

Tuesdays for Beginners, Level 2, 3 & 4.

Wednesdays - Ladies class Level 3+

Oakridge Hall, Basingstoke

Thursdays for Beginners, Level 2, 3, 4 & 5.

SALSA SOCIAL every Thursday from 9.30-11pm.

See our Class Timetable for full details.



Alchemy  Membership gives you amazing discounts on your classes. We have four packages tailor-made to suit your attendance. See our membership page for information on all the packages and registration. There are great savings to be had for people who regularly support Alchemy classes! All membership fees are taken by Direct Debit, there is no contract for membership and you can cancel at anytime. Registration is a simple and quick process, after which all you need to do is turn up and dance! See our membership page for full information and registration.

All salsa classes at Alchemy Dance Academy are taught On2. On2 refers to a particular timing you can dance salsa. The style of salsa we teach is New York style which is danced On2. It is also widely known as New York Mambo.


On1 & On2 are both from the cross-body style salsa family, so our style, methods and techniques remain the same regardless of the timing. Students who are new to learning On2 are required to attend an Introduction to On2 workshop which we hold periodically. In this session Alchemy teachers will break down the rhythm/timing and do some basic steps with you to help you catch the On2 groove. They will recommend which level class to join for you to practice the timing. Please note this may be below your dance skill level, as it is necessary to dance more within your comfort zone whilst learning a new timing. Book your Introduction to On2.


Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions about On2.

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