Latin Dance Congress - Bangkok 2017
June 21 - 25, 2017, Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok


COLADA Beach Splash - Phuket 2017
June 26 - 30, 2017, Centara Resort and Spa, Phuket

Saori Watanabe

Instructor/Artist

With over 15 years experience in the international salsa scene, Saori and her Bachata partner Alex were given the honor of becoming the co-directors of the Bangkok Touch Team September 2013 also Ladies Touch Bangkok in 2014, which is part of the global Island Touch Dance Academy brand headed by international bachata superstars Jorge and Tanja (Ataca y La Alemana) and DJ El Tiguere.

In 2015 she started her very own Salsa Ladies Team, Las Chicas Salsalicious.

Saori began dancing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2001. Having lived in many places since, she has managed to carry and nurture her passion for salsa dancing to French Polynesia, New Caledonia, London, Japan, Bermuda, Laos and Bangkok, Thailand where she currently resides. While in London from 2005 to 2007, Saori learned her smooth and graceful style and technique. Upon returning to Japan in 2007, she shared her new found skills by co-founding her own dance school called Miyasaru (Utsunomiya Salsa). When she moved to Bermuda in 2010, she joined the local group Sea Breeze Salsa (now Ming Mambo) where she had the opportunity to meet and first train and perform with Jorge and Tanja of Island Touch. A year later and living in Luang Prabang, Laos, she brought salsa to the quiet town by offering salsa classes and hosting the weekly Salsalicious Wednesday night parties. Since moving to Bangkok in 2012, Saori continues to dance and teach Salsa On2 for Salsa Concepts and Bachata for Bachata On Mondays.

Aside from her endeavors as a student, instructor and performer, Saori is a true global salsa and bachata dance ambassador who simply loves to be on the dance floor. She has attended numerous congresses and festivals around the world including London, Japan, Malaysia, New York, Vancouver, Hawaii, Singapore, China, India, Korea, Vietnam and no doubt you will find her at many more to come!