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Arun S Pauer

Founder & Director

Arun S Pauer

A Pioneer for Afro & Latin Dances in India. Over 13 years of teaching Experience, 80+ festivals, over 100 performances, 17 countries

Arun S Pauer, founder and Director of Salsa Madras

With teaching experience of over 13 years, Arun S Pauer has attended over 80 festivals in over 20 countries in 3 continents, dancing, teaching, competing and performing in Salsa, Bachata & Kizomba. He is now based in Austria and is teaching in both Chennai (India) and Graz (Austria) regularly apart from travelling and teaching in other countries. He is known for his smooth dancing and techniques. His teaching methods involve understanding of body, partner and music and is well appreicated by students across the world. He is also a fun performer known for his solos and variety of Partner and team shows. He has performed over 100+ shows at various countries. 

He has organised 11 festivals since 2010 (Chennai Salsa Festival, Latin Festival Madras), one of the first instructors for Bachata in India at International festivals, pioneer of Kizomba in India. He has also taught various bootcamps in Salsa, Bachata & Kizomba in over 8 countries in Asia & Europe. He has hosted over 1000 socials in Chennai at various leading clubs and venues over 10 years. 2 times All India Salsa solo champion (2013, 2014), Semi-finalist in Salsa solo Professional division at the World Salsa Summit, Miami (2014), #6 at the HK world championship 2014, he in one of the leading names representing India in Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba alike. He is also the first to represent India at the professional Salsa solo category at the World Salsa Summit. 

Short Biography: 

Arun was born in 1985 in Madurai, India. A Science Graduate from University of Edinburgh, turned into a dance professional, Arun Started SALSA in September 2007 as a social dancer and now is one of the Internationally recognized Afro and Latin dancer, Instructor, trainer, choreographer and Promoter from India. He started teaching SALSA, in March 2009 as a part time instructor and later headed the Lourd Vijay's Dance studio, Chennai till Feb 2014 and then started his own dance company 'SALSA MADRAS' from 1st March 2014 in Chennai. He also briefly worked in Graz at Tanzshule Conny & Dado (2020-2022). He started teaching in Graz under Salsa Madras from April 2022. 

He has been dancing/ teaching/ performing/ competing in other cities namely, Pondicherry, Goa, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Delhi, Andaman, Kochi, etc and other countries viz. USA, Scotland, Thailand, Philippines, Hong Kong, Croatia, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Hungary, Austria, UAE, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Slovenia, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium, Greece,  etc. 

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 

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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