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Arun Pauer is an Internationally renowned Afro & Latin dance instructor, Founder & Director of 'Salsa Madras' in Chennai and Graz. He is also the organizer of 'Latin Festival Madras' in Chennai, which has become one of the largest and most popular Latin dance festivals in India. He has been teaching Latin dance for over 14 years in over 20 countries in over 100 dance festivals. Arun has a passion for teaching and his classes are renowned for their energy and enthusiasm. He emphasizes the importance of proper technique and body movement in order to achieve the best results. He has had the pleasure of teaching people from all over the world, from beginners to advanced dancers. Arun is committed to the development of Afro & Latin dance in India, Austria and around the world, and his passion and dedication to the art is evident in his work. He is an inspiring teacher and leader, and his enthusiasm and knowledge of Afro & Latin dance is contagious.

Countries visited for dancing (Teaching, performing, competing and dancing) 

India, Austria, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Philippines, Hungary, Belgium, Germany, Czech, Croatia, Poland, Scotland, USA, Slovenia, Netherlands, Hong Kong 


2002-2006: B.Tech, Industrial Biotechnology, Anna University, Chennai, India

2007-2008: MSc by Research, Life Science, University of Edinburgh, Scotland 

Employment History

2007-2008: Reseach Associate, HTS lab, Nicholas Piramal Research Centre, Mumbai, India 

2009-2014: Regional Head, Lourd Vijay's Dance Studio, Chennai 

2014-till date: Director, Salsa Madras, Chennai 

2020-2022: Instructor, Tanzschule Conny & Dado, Graz, Austria 


  • Arun has hosted over 1000s of socials in Chennai at various venues over 15 years. Currently, he also hosts the Weekly socials in Graz, Austria. He also takes up the role of DJ at his socials and has also played Music for many events in Asia and Europe. 

  • He has hosted 2 editions of Chennai Salsa Festival while working at LVDS in 2010 & 2011. 

  • He is the organiser of one of the longest running festivals in India - Latin Festival Madras since 2014. LFM is a one of it kind Premium Boutique festival in Asia, that has been known for its pioneering efforts to promote Salsa, Bachata & Kizomba. 

Going Online

Since the Pandemic, Arun has been making pioneering efforts to bring the learning experience online and has been teaching over 1000s of dancers across the world. 

  • Over 400 hours of Live Sessions at Salsa Madras, since March 2020

  • Instructor at All Heart Dance Festival, Bangalore, India, May 2020

  • Instructor at FloorPlay Dance Festival, Norway, June 2020

  • Organisor of Latin Festival Madras 2020 - online Edition - Asia Comes to India, September 2020

  • Online Demo for Anatya Entertainment, Singapore, August 2020

  • Instructor at Tanzshcule Conny & Dado, 2020/21, live steaming classes 

  • Organisor, SBK Live, 3 editions (Online Live DJ weekends)

  • Online projects and shows 

  • Online Tutorials for Salsa, Bachata & Kizomba with over 150 tutorial videos available for subscription for both Indian and European followers 

Championships and Awards! 

  • Winner, (with Gracielle An from US) Pro-Am Jack & Jill competition, Manila Boracay Latin Dance Festival 2015 

  • Winner, Professional Salsa Solo mixed division, Asia Championship 2014 

  • Winner (with Dotty from Hungary), Jack n Jill competition, Manila Boracay Latin Dance festival 2014) 

  • #6, Salsa Solo open Men, HK world salsa championship 2014 

  • Semi-finalist, Global Salsa championship, World Salsa Summit, Miami, 2014 

  • Winner, Professional Salsa Solo mixed division, All India Salsa championship 2013 

  • 2nd Runner up, Professional salsa couple division (with Minoti Ramachandra), All India Salsa Championship 2012 

  • Runner up, Salsa solo open, Goa salsa festival 2012 

  • Runner up, Professional salsa couple division (with Minoti Ramachandra), all India Salsa Championship 2011

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