Together as Pexava Dance Company, which means “Lightning Fast” in Mayan from Gil’s native Mexico, husband and wife Gil and Shelley are an explosive combination on stage and inspire students of every level in their lessons.

Gil is well-known internationally for his creative and unique turn patterns and shines which he teaches with an absolute emphasis on technique.


Shelley is an infectiously enthusiastic dancer who is widely acknowledged as one of the UK’s most popular teachers and performers, with a deep knowledge and understanding of following technique and styling for ladies.


Together Gil and Shelley, “The UK’s Best Salsa Performers”, have performed and taught at international professional level in over 20 countries and are currently the UK’s most in-demand professionals at European congress level. They have made numerous appearances on national TV including BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, are salsa consultants for the West End’s “Matilda” the Musical, they made it through to the Judges’ Shortlist on Sky One’s "Got To Dance", winning 3 gold stars, plus they featured on the catwalk at Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model and were featured, credited dancers in the movie “Cuban Fury”.


Gil and Shelley have both trained extensively in New York, Italy, and Puerto Rico and they bring you authentic technique, plus many years of experience from the studios and social dancefloors across the globe. They have both placed at salsa competitions recognised at World Championship level against competitors from all over the globe, including the likes of Adrian and Anita, Fernando Sosa (Tropical Gem), Junior and Emily and Oliver Pineda. Between them, titles include: twice UK Professional