About Us

Founded in April 2011, we have been making people dance and creating a wonderful community of like-minded people

Making people dance since 2011

Tropical Soul Dance Studio is the brainchild of Juan Ruiz and Josie Cote – two of Australia’s most recognized Latin dancers and multiple time Australian Salsa and Bachata Champions. After a long dancing career working with/for various prestigious dance institutions in Australia and overseas, they decided to open up their own dance studio in the heart of Darlinghurst. Since opening in 2011, they’ve achieved numerous awards & recognitions, and are excited to continue to build and give back to the Latin dancing community.

TROPICAL SOUL DANCE STUDIO brings you the highest caliber of dancing instruction with a very professional staff, combined with fun social activities so you will not only learn how to dance, but will also be able to practice and develop your skills in a friendly and open environment.

Classes range from the core and popular Latin rhythms such as Salsa, Mambo, Bachata, Cha Cha, Cuban Salsa & Rueda de Casino, Kizomba, Zouk-Lambada and Reggaeton (Latin Hip Hop).

Tropical Soul Dance Studio also offers events and workshops with the best international and interstate instructors on a regular basis, which represents a wonderful learning opportunity and exposes all Sydney dancers to new and different styles of dancing.

We are looking forward to see you in the studio!


Josie Cote

Founder / Director

Juan Ruiz

Founder / Director

Pedro Ruiz

Business Developer Manager

Nicolle Lane

Studio Manager