Róbert Szemesi

Róbert Szemesi

"The Crazyman" Robi – international salsa instructor:


This versatile dancer has been dancing since ’86, dancing most of the social dances (from Waltz and Foxtrot to Mambo, Cha-Cha-Cha and Rumba, including Blues, Swing, Acrobatic Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tango and many others) and learning the basics of some other dance styles too (Jazz-dance, Tap-dance, Hip-hop, Contemporary, Ballet, folkloric dances, etc.). In addition, he has a musician’s background which he has applied to his dancing and teaching. He has been teaching since '95, and also directing his own studio in Zagreb/Croatia since '99. In Croatia, he is one of the pioneers of Kizomba and Semba and has been actively promoting these dances within the region.

 His very first contact with Salsa was in a Dance Summer Camp ’98, at season ‘99/’00 he made his first choreography with Salsa elements (combined with Jazz-dance and Show elements), and he has been dancing Salsa from the very beginning of “salsa-mania” within Croatia. He has expanded his knowledge at numerous Salsa events at home and abroad, by learning from instructors in a broad range of styles. Even though he is dancing Cuban and Line (mostly LA) styles with same pleasure and passion, his salsa social-dancing style usually involves elements of various dance forms and dance styles and may be described with a very popular expression nowadays “Salsa Fusion”, or with an older phrase “Free Style Salsa”. His dancing and teaching has always been strongly influenced by listening to the music, and also sensing the partner’s anticipated movement, which has provided an endless source of motivation, creativity and joy.

He has formulated his own, original method of teaching, whose basis is the merger of the Cuban natural approach to dance and the systematic Euro-American approach, enriched with elements of his rich personal experience (some of the salsa schools in Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia and Hungary he visited, recognized the value of this new teaching method and applied it partially or completely). He has taught dance at festivals, congresses, his own weekend workshops, and full week boot camps in many countries, including special workshops for teachers in many schools, both at home and abroad.

He earned his Salsa nickname from his limitless energy on the dance floor, dancing from the heart and coming up with often unexpected, entertaining and musical moves, but he dances with the same pleasure for the very quiet, gracious and sensual “Salsa Elegante” as well.

In accordance with his versatility, he is also teaching Bachata, Merengue, Kizomba, Semba and Son, just like their fusion with Swing, Tango, Foxtrot and other non-caribbean dances, once again based upon the same principles: casualness and improvisation combined into the music interpretation.

Basics of his theory are that dance becomes a real pleasure if:

  • Not mechanical, but done with feeling,
  • Not forced, but casual and unconstrained
  • Not just learned, but well understood
  • Not vacuous or even overfilled, but in harmony with the music
  • The three elements combine – both partners and the music – become one.

His teacher's guiding principle:

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.“

His dancer's guiding principle:

“Perfect dance experience is when a deaf person watching your dance may SEE the music through your movements and interpretation.”