Founder and Developer of Solo Dança Latina,  Mark’s enthusiam and sometimes “over the top” ideas is what has made Solo Dança Latina what it is today. Mark Started dancing Ballroom & Latin American 1975, which was originally initiated by his love of Music which later developed into his passion for dance.

He went on to win all the South African Professional titles of Latin American, Ballroom and 10Dance for several years- a record which still stands today.

He trained with top trainers whilst living in England making many finals in international competitions and building on his hunger for knowledge and experience in dance. Unfortunately his professional career was interrupted by international sanctions on South Africa -but his accrued knowledge of dance would later benefit students.

His focus then changed – he became involved in TV – Choreographed and dancing for television programmes and music videos .He was also one of the choreographers used in ‘So You Think You Can Dance – South Africa’.

As Director of Dance in the North West Arts Council and thereafter– he trained several Professional Latin American and Ballroom Champions obtaining his SA Colours as a Dancesport coach.

Mark has taught in England, Greece, Reunion, France, Portugal, Zimbabwe and Botswana. He as adjudicated world championships in Miami and Germany as well as other international competitions in Greece, Finland, England, Reunion (France), Zimbabwe, Botswana and Lesotho. He has danced in Russia and so many other countries worldwide

With love of Dance - Language is never been a barrier!


Mark Dooley

Mark Dooley

Founder of Solo Danca Latina



Solo Dança Latina strives to inspire the appreciation for all styles of dance through the understanding that dance is an important aspect of life, growth and cultural interaction.

Our goal is to inspire and be inspired, by students and teachers alike – all sharing the responsibility of transforming lives whilst improving confidence and building self-esteem. 

We endeavour to uphold a high level of professional training, to encourage support of one another and consideration for our fellow dancers and teachers in a way that builds our dance community. 

We aim to make dance accessible to all.