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LATIN FIRE / SALSA FUSION Christchurch - The Dance School

 

We specialise in Latin dance classes from beginners to advanced, covering all the Salsa and Merengue styles danced in such places as London, Cuba, Miami and LA. If you want to learn a few steps for fun or wish to become a professional dancer, we have the classes for you. We teach Cuban Salsa and Cross Body/LA/New York/Linear Style Salsa as well as basic Merengue which often compliments the Salsa dance. Our simple techniques on combinations, signalling, following and leading, ladies styling, advanced moves and tricks, shines and footwork will have you on the dance floor in no time. From time to time we will also bring other specialised teachers in to take lessons or workshops in other dances such as Bachata, Zouk, Cha Cha, Ballroom, Samba, Hip Hop, Bollywood and capoeira.

Dance Instructors

Donna Frost 

Dance Instructor

 

Dance qualifications:

  • Up to ‘Solo Seal’ in NZ Jazz
  • ‘Solo Seal’ in L.A Jazz Dancing
  • Up to ‘Intermediate’ Royal Academy Dance, Ballet
  • Over 12 years of Merengue, Salsa, Cha Cha dance training under numerous New Zealand & Overseas tutors
  • Trained aerobics instructor and competed in NZ National Aerobics competition

Latin competitions:

  • 1st place at South Island Salsa Competition, Showcase Teams 2014
  • 1st place at South Island Salsa Competition, Salsa Teams 2014
  • 2nd place at New Zealand Salsa Championships, Showcase Teams 2013
  • 2nd place at New Zealand Salsa Championships, Salsa Teams
  • 3rd place at New Zealand Salsa Championships, Showcase Shine Teams 2013
  • 1st place at South Island Salsa Competition, Showcase Teams 2013
  • 2nd place at South Island Salsa Competition, Salsa Teams 2013
  • 2nd place at New Zealand Salsa Solos, Shines Teams 2012
  • 1st place at South Island Salsa Competition, Showcase Teams 2012
  • 2nd place at South Island Salsa Competition, Open Couples 2012
  • 2nd place at South Island Salsa Competiti0n, Shine Teams 2012
  • 2nd placing at South Island Salsa Competition, Showcase Teams, 2011
  • 3rd placing at South Island Salsa Competition, Salsa Teams, 2011
  • 1st placing at South Island Salsa Competition, Teams 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Best Overall Performance Team at NZ/Pacific Salsa Selections for Sydney, Wellington 2008 (choreographer & performer)
  • Highest Score Team at NZ/Pacific Salsa Selections for Sydney, Wellington 2007 (choreographer & performer)
  • 3rd Team at Jambalaya, Rotorua 2006 (choreographer & performer)
  • 3rd placing at NZ Nationals ‘Open Freestyle Salsa’ competition 1999
  • Salsa South Island Silver Medalist 1999
  • Lambada South Island Gold Medalist 1997
  • Salsa South Island Gold Medalist 1997

Donna has trained with the following National & International instructors:

  • Carlos Galiano & Elli Torres, Brisbane, Nestor & Katrina, Modus Vivendi Sydney, Johnny Vasquez (Mexico), Edwin Rivera (New York/Puerto Rico), Jaime Jesus & Little Liz (LDA Sydney), Olivery Pineda & Luda (Latin Motion, Sydney), Ryoko & Ryu (Japan), Orod & Dessi (London), Al Liquid Silver & Karla Espinoza (USA), Stayz Ruakawa (Star Dance Academy, NZ) Oren & Pascall (Salsa Vibes, Sydney), Gian Carlo & Masha (Latinissimo, Auckland), Karlos & Eli (Latin Steps, Brisbane), Tony Lara & Danielle (Italy), Junior & Emily (USA),  Nuno & Vanda (Portugal), Super Mario (London), Mary Grace & Neil (LDA Sydney), Susana Montero (UK), Csaba & Vali (Latin Motion, Sydney), Nestor (Modus Vivendi), David Paris & Zoe, USA!!!

 

Performed Latin dance for:

  • Sydney Bachata Festival 2015
  • Sydney Latin Festival 2015
  • Melbourne Latin Festival 2014
  • NZ Salsa Congress 2014
  • Sydney Latin Festival 2013
  • Melbourne Latin Festival 2013
  • NZ Salsa Congress 2013
  • NZ Salsa Congress 2012
  • Sydney Latin Festival 2011
  • Byron Latin Fiesta, Byron Bay, Australia 2009
  • Sydney Salsa Congress 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Internationally acclaimed ‘Buena Vista Social Club’
  • ASB Starry Nights
  • Blenheim Salsa Extravaganza, Blenheim 2008, 2009
  • NZ/Pacific Salsa Congress, Wellington 2008, 2009
  • Jambalaya, Rotorua 2007
  • Christchurch Symphony Orchestra 2007
  • Mexican Cafe
  • Canterbury Flames / Tactix 2005, 2006, 2008
  • Manderley Garden Festival 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Harcourts 2007
  • Valentines Day Dance 2008
  • First National Real Estate Australasian Conference
  • CTV Good Living Show 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Latin Festival  2007, 2008, 2009
  • Numerous Corporate & social dance functions

Choreographer:

  • Choreographer & Manager of ‘Latin Fire Dance Troupe” with over 8 up to date Dance routines in Samba, Lambada, ChaCha & Salsa
  • Choreographer & Manager of ‘Latin Fire Teenage Troupe’
  • Choreographer of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ for ‘Showbiz Christchurch’
  • Choreographer for Canterbury Children’s Theatre, ‘Fairy Tale Magic’
  • Choreographer for Canterbury University, Musoc, ‘Law Review’

Other Dance/Singing Performances:

  • Performances for Showbiz Christchurch from the age of 16, including Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Me & My Girl, West Side Story plus many other!

Highlights:

  • Leading roles as Diana Morelis in ‘A Chorus Line’
  • Anita in ‘West Side Story’ with Showbiz
  • Nicky in ‘Sweet Charity’ (Canterbury Music Theatre)
  • Performing at Sydney Salsa Congress January, 2007!
  • Being placed 1st at the NZ/Pacific Salsa Congress Teams, 2007 & invited back to Sydney Salsa Congres.

Judge:

  • To be: Judge at the NZ Nationals 2009, Auckland
  • First NZ Youth Salsa Congress, Wellington 2007
  • South Island Salsa Competition 2008, Youth Section

Upcoming performance:

  • Sydney Salsa Congress, January 2009
  • Byron Latin Fiesta, Australia, November 2009

 

  Warren Frost

Dance Instructor

Latin Competitions:

  • 1st place Showcase Teams at South Island Salsa Competition 2014
  • 1st place Salsa Teams at South Island Salsa Competition 2014
  • 1st place NZ Salsa Solo, Masters Category 2014
  • 2nd place at New Zealand Salsa Championships, Showcase Teams 2013
  • 2nd place at New Zealand Salsa Championships, Salsa Teams 2013
  • 3rd place at New Zealand Salsa Championships, Showcase Shine Teams 2013
  • 1st place at South Island Salsa Competition, Showcase Teams 2013
  • 2nd place at South Island Salsa Competition, Salsa Teams 2013
  • 1st place at South Island Salsa Competition, Showcase Teams 2012
  • 2nd place at South Island Salsa Competition, Open Couples 2012
  • 2nd place at South Island Salsa Competiti0n, Shine Teams 2012
  • 1st Placing at South Island Salsa Competition Teams 2008, 2009 & 2010
  • Best Overall Performance Team at NZ/Pacific Salsa Selections for Sydney, Wellington 2008
  • Highest score Team at NZ/Pacific Salsa Selections for Sydney, Wellington 2007
  • 3rd Team at Jambalaya, Rotorua 2006
  • 3rd placing at NZ Nationals ‘Open Freestyle Salsa’ competition 1999
  • Salsa South Island Silver Medalist 1999

Warren has trained with the following National & International instructors:

  • Johnny Vasquez (Mexico), Edwin Rivera (New York/Puerto Rico), Jaime Jesus & Little Liz (LDA Sydney), Olivery Pineda & Luda (Latin Motion, Sydney), Ryoko & Ryu (Japan), Orod & Dessi (London), Al Liquid Silver & Karla Espinoza (USA), Stayz Ruakawa (Star Dance Academy, NZ) Oren & Pascall (Salsa Vibes, Sydney), Gian Carlo & Masha (Latinissimo, Auckland), Karlos & Eli (Latin Steps, Brisbane), Tony Lara & Danielle (Italy), Junior & Emily (USA),  Nuno & Vanda (Portugal), Super Mario (London), Mary Grace & Neil (LDA Sydney), Susana Montero (UK), Csaba & Vali (Latin Motion, Sydney), Nestor (Modus Vivendi), David Paris & Zoe, USA!!!

 

 

Performed Latin dance for:

  • Sydney Latin Festival 2015
  • Melbourne Latin Festival 2014
  • NZ Salsa Congress 2014
  • Sydney Latin Festival 2013 & 2011
  • NZ Salsa Congress 2013
  • Sydney Salsa Congress 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Internationally acclaimed ‘Buena Vista Social Club’
  • NZ/Pacific Salsa Congress, Wellington 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Jambalaya, Rotorua 2006
  • ASB Starry Nights
  • Manderley Garden Festival 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2007
  • Harcourts
  • Valentines Day Dance
  • Mexican Cafe
  • Christchurch Symphony Orchestra 2007
  • Canterbury Flames / Tactix 2005, 2006, 2008
  • Numerous Corporate & social dance functions

Choreographer:

  • ‘Mens of Fire' Dance Troupe

Other Performances:

  • Performer for SONZ of Salsa (The NZ Mens Salsa Performance Team
  • Also MC at many Social and Corporate events.

Upcoming performance:

  • Byron Latin Fiesta, Australia November 2009
  • Sydney Salsa Congress, Sydney January 2008

 

  • Best Overall Performance Team at NZ/Pacific Salsa Congress, 2008

 

Other instructors :

Mike Hobbs (Lifts & tricks, Salsa & Bachata Instructor)

Richard Creighton (Beginner Salsa & Bachata Instructor)

Shannon Creighton (Salsa & Bachata Instructor)  

Matilda Schnippering  (Ilam Hip Hop instructor)

Maryanne Toomer (Beginner instructor)

Mark Cobden (Salsa instructor)