Ric Banks

In a very short time Ric Banks became a strong name within Dubai dancing scene, recognised and respected by students and fellow professionals for his amazing abilities to lead, teach, create unique choreographies and entertain masses. His classes, workshops and events are extremely popular with high attendance and impressive number of followers.

Passionate of the Latin culture and music Ric started dancing as a teen. His natural talent for leading, producing and executing imaginative moves led him to teaching group and private salsa classes in London while studying economics and taking a master degree in Business Administration.

After winning the hearts of Londoners for five years, Ric decided to go on a new adventure and moved to Dubai in January 2012. Since then he established himself as an all time favourite ‘go to’ dance instructor and in-demand performer.

Ric is not only a skilled dancer, expert in both leading and following technique but also an innovative entrepreneur and events organiser. He is the founder of DEF, an Art and Performance Centre, where together with a team of professionals he teaches workshops on various styles of dancing, from Salsa, Kizomba, Bachata to Hip Hop, Wedding dances and corporate team buildings.




It’s a big Salsa Family

“Salsa saved my life,” said Ric Banks. A dancer for over 10 years, Banks’ transition into making a career out of teaching salsa was prompted by the unlikeliest of reasons – an investment venture gone awry.

In 2012, Banks moved to the UAE from London to start a garage business, but after two years, his partner turned on him and ran away with the money 

A Sassy World In The Heart Of Dubai

When you hear the number sequence “1,2,3-5,6,7” the first thing that may come to mind are step counts for a dance genre. Dancing is more than just coordinated body movements, but it’s a mental and physical therapeutic form of discipline that ignites a sort of euphoric inner rhythm. There are many different types of partner dances out there, but Salsa in particular, is one that attracts a diverse demographic of people who love to take on a whole new fiery persona on the dancefloor and escape into a sassy world of their own. …..

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Salsa Journey From London To Dubai

Turning Ric Banks, salsa dancer who has years of experience in training, from London to Dubai in order to establish an institute to teach dance under the name Ric Banks Dance Academy
Banks were able to access the salsa dance lovers and enthusiasts to learn his style and attend concerts and events hosted by the regularly in different parts of Dubai. . …..

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While clothing can be a personal preference, we recommend you wear anything you are comfortable with and can make moves with flexibility. Leggings, shirts, and blouses are great and work well. Regular Fit Jeans can also go with. 

Shoes – Different dance forms can require various combinations, and some dance forms require heels. However, in the early lesson, we suggest you wear comfortable flat shoes such as leisure trainers. If further special shoes are required, we will notify you. 

The dance package totally varies according to several factors: how proficient you want to be, which dances you want to learn, the number of days and weeks in your dance schedule, etc.

We are committed to making you learn to dance with ease rather than making it a business. Our pricings are definitely worthy of what skill we provide you.

The number of classes or the time needed will depend on how many dances & which dance you want to learn. It also depends on how proficient you wish to become in each dance, your speed, and your ability to learn. However, you will feel the difference in your first lesson!

Rick Banks Dance Academy will make you feel confident about dancing with their professional dance teachers even if you are hesitant to dance. It was founded with a love for dance. With a passion for dance and the belief in making it learning easy and enjoyable, we help students to learn techniques and dance confidently. Whether it is being an international dancer or even creating your own dance performance - at Rick Banks Dance Academy, dreams are turned into reality.

Some of the dance forms require to be performed with partners. If you have one- it’s awesome.  However, even if you don’t have a dance partner, you can start your dance sessions.  Our professional trainers will make sure to make you learn to dance without needing a partner.