We have an exciting line up of teachers this year, many of who have taught for us over the past 10 years. There is the opportunity for you to book a private lesson with any of our teachers. To do this you need to arrange a time and cost that suits both you and the teacher then come to the registration desk to confirm the private lesson space is available for you to use. Please note that time slots are limited and run at the same times as the workshops, use of the room is prohibited on Sunday morning. You are responsible for paying the teacher directly for your private lesson.
E Dance Productions - Christchurch
Salsa Con Coco - Auckland
Shannon & Trajano
Zouk Art - Auckland
Merwan & Saskia
Kiwizomba - Auckland
Sweet Azucar - Auckland
THE DANCE FACTORY - TAURANGA
Samba Passion- Auckland
Sara and Sebastian
Embrace Dancing- Tauranga
Salsa Agua! - Tauranga
Director of Salsa ¡Agua!, Kate has been dancing Latin dance for more than 15 years and dancing Salsa for more than 10 years. She has been teaching Cuban dance and Salsa since 2008. A trip to Cuban in 2009 saw her training in Havana with Isaias Rojas Ramirez director of Ban Rarra dance company. She was a senior instructor and performer with the Cuban Groove in Auckland, working with New Zealand’s premier Cuban professional dancers Greydis Montero Liranza and Isbert (Vivio) Ramos for several years before her relocation to Tauranga in 2013.
Kate is a trustee of the NZ Cuban Festival Trust which runs the Annual National Cuban Festival, and is also part of the organising committee for the Bay Salsa Festival. She teachers a range of Cuban dancers (Salsa, Rudea de Casino, Son , Rumba, Chachacha, Cubaton and some Afro Cuban dances), Bachata and Merengue.
Her patient, fun, energetic teaching style is contagious and she will have you dancing and having a great time before you know it. Kate is captivated with the fun, authenticity and depth of Cuban dance and she wants you to discover the joy of Cuban dance too.
Greydis Montero Liranza
Greydis Dance - Rotorua
Wimmy & Bari
Danca - Kizomba Wellington
Fransisco & Javiera
Viva Dance - Auckland
Tia-Marie & Saione
Viva Dance - Auckland
Tempo Dance Company NZ - Auckland
Stellar Performing Arts - Auckland
Sonia Hems is a qualified and highly experienced dance professional living in Auckland, New Zealand. With an extensive repetoire of dance styles under her belt, she has achieved national and international recognition and success in a large variety of dance genres.
Starting dancing at the tender age of 3 in Modern Jazz, Sonia soon took up classical ballet in order to supplement her technique, and while this became her main focus, it was the beginning of her addiction to dance and the start of her collection of dance styles. Over the next 15 years of her life she was to dedicate much of her time to performing arts. Becoming a national place winner and Major Soloist recipient in the forms of Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Contemporary and Song & Dance.
At the age of 17 Sonia went into full-time training in classical ballet at the New Zealand School of Dance, completing her tuition at The International Ballet Academy. During this time she was awarded the prestigious R.A.D Solo Seal.
Since completing her tuition at age 20, Sonia has performed with touring companies, resident shows, in music videos, and for many corporate clients for the last 9 years in China, Hong Kong, Spain, England, Wales, Germany, Scotland and Australia to name a few.
On her return to NZ, Sonia became immersed in Street Latin dance, which is now her main focus. She was New Zealand Champion in Couples Salsa and Salsa Shines, and was the founder and director of Casa Del Ritmo Dance Company and School of Performing Arts Ltd. which has recently re-launched as the Stellar Performing Arts Academy and Stellar Entertainment. Stellar Performing Arts Academy is a Latin Dance Studio and specialising in the Street Latin styles of Salsa, Bachata, Street Cha-Cha-Cha and Latin Fusion, as well as Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Burlesque, Musical Theatre, Contemporary and Lyrical genres.