of Salsa Latina Ltd - Salsa Latina Dance School & Dance Centre
Australasian Salsa Judge 2005, 2009, 2010, 2015 & 2016
Awarded the 'Latin Dance Industry Award', for his contribution to the Latin dance community in New Zealand.
Salsa & Latin Dance Teacher "Master Level"
NZ Championships Champion - 1st Profesional Section 2012
Island Salsa Champion - 1st Professional Section 2011
NZ Championships Runner-up - 2nd Profesional Section 2011
Island Salsa Champion - 1st Professional Section 2007
New Zealand Comps Runner-up - 2nd Profesional Section 2007
New Zealand Winner (Salsa Latina) - Salsa Shine Sheild 2013
Team Salsa Sabrosa & Mambo Sabroso Performance Founder & Choreographer
--- Australasian Salsa Am Team Champions 2015
--- South Island Salsa Team Champions 2015 & 2016
--- New Zealand & South Island Salsa Team Champions (see below)
--- South Island Champions 2013
--- NZ Representitives at the Sydney Latin Dance Festival
Pioneer for Zouk in South Island & New Zealand; first to teach in the South Island.
Pioneer for Kizomba in South Island; first school to teach Kizomba courses.
Pioneer for Linear Salsa in South Island, first to teach NY style On1 & On2 courses.
New Zealand Salsa Dance Association Member (NZSDA)
Australian Salsa Guild Member
Fitness-Personal Trainer & Gym Instructor & Group Excercise Instructor
/ Latin DJ & dance event organiser
Advertising Graphic Designer with 6 years experience in a advertising agency.
Reuben is a NZ Professional Salsa Champion and has Judged at many New Zealand & Australian Salsa Dance Championships and is the director & owner of ‘Salsa Latina’ Dance Centre in Christchurch, one of the largest Salsa schools in NZ. He has extensive teaching & performance experiences in many various styles in Latin dance and has trained vast amounts of dancers some of which are still in the scene today doing extremely well. For over a decade his competition dancers & teams have achieved many prestigious NZ & Aust Champion titles including NZ & Aust Salsa Team Champions. Reuben started dancing Cuban/Miami Salsa & Brazilian Samba/Axé & Lambada back in late 1999. Since then, he has learnt from countless local & international teachers over 17 years, constantly learning and upgrading skills which have developed a unique personal style. However his passion & favoured styles are still Mambo & Salsa.
He has been inspired & learned teaching systems from Oliver Pineda & more recently Edwin Rivera, Emily & Jr & David & Paulina from the USA & Mexico and Spanish & Italian Style Salsa while in Spain 2013.
As for DJing since 2003 has DJ'd every week till this day in clubs & Salsa parties has led him to become one of the most sought-after Salsa DJ & event organiser in NZ.
|Latin Dance Styles
• Salsa; Street Latin Miami Salsa & Cuban Salsa, Puerto
& LA Salsa on1 & on2 Mambo
• Bachata; Bachata Dominica, Senual, Moderna & Bachatango
• Cha Cha & Boogaloo
Samba No Pe & Samba Axé
• Lambada & Zouk
|Latin Dance Teaching & Professional Training:
Reuben started dancing Salsa back in 1999, his main passion is Salsa and instantly had a connection with it from the outset, non-stop dancing for over a decade & a half, literally no break in dancing in this time. He originally joined Street Latin and was asked to join their performance team only after very short period, then started training to teach from 2003 at Street Latin (Cuban
Style) and is also quailified from the 'Salsa Masters Teacher Training
Programme' in NY style which he learnt directly from Oliver
Pineda (world champion many times over) in 2005 which is
still the basis for the current Syllabus at Salsa Latina today. Reuben
has had teacher & Syllabus training includling Jamie Jesus & Lil
Liz (LDA Australia) & Edwin Rivera (NY-USA / Puerto Rico), Troy (USA) & in 2013 Masters workshops in Spain and more recently Bircan Tulga (UK). On top of this he's attended many professional, judging & teaching seminars, one on one lessons with International Instructors, some are listed below. Also certified from Mafie Zouker Masters Zouk training in 2010. Reuben Has also implemented & developed numerous dance systems from international teachers into the current system at Salsa Latina syllabus in fundamentals, shines & turn patterns and is constantly being updated, perfected & developed along side with some of the best Salsa teachers & dancers in the world.
|Major Events & Schools Taught at:
NZ Pacific Salsa Congress 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 (Wellington)
Bay Salsa Festival 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 (Tauranga)
The Body Dance Festival 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 (CHCH)
Hanmer Salsa Fest 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Tercer Tiempo 2011 @ Dome Hagley Park (CHCH)
Speed Dancing 2010 & 2011 in Hagley Park (CHCH)
Love in the Lanes Valentines Event 2010 (CHCH)
Patio Latino Latin dance Event 2010 (CHCH)
Lincoln University 2009 - 2011 (CHCH)
Salsa Showcase in Blenheim 2008 & 2009
Latin Dance Festival 2009
Mashina Lounge - Christchurch
Casino 2013 & 2014 (CHCH)
Casino Daimond Bar 2008 & 2009 (CHCH)
Latina 2009-present (CHCH)
Latina 2004-2009 (CHCH)
Latin 2002-2004 (CHCH)
Latin Explosion Event 2005 (Wanganui)
Groove NY Event 2005 (Nelson & Blenhiem)
Latin Dance Event 2007 (Auckland)
Australian World Salsa Solo 2015
New Zealand Salsa Open 2016
New Zealand Salsa Solo 2015 & 2016
New Zealand National Salsa Competition Auckland 2009 & 2010
New Zealand Salsa Competition Auckland 2005.
|Choreographer & Team Training
Reuben & Marcela are the choreographers and teachers for Salsa Sabrosa & Mambo Sabroso, these are Salsa Latina dance teams which their students & teachers at Salsa Latina compete & peform, you can see some of our incredible results from our team including a few teachers & performers out there today who are currently doing really well, see some of this list which speaks for itself here >
NY/LA Salsa & Cha Dance Training
Dance Instructors learnt from; Yamulee Dance Company (New York), Jhesus Aponte (Peurto Rico), Bircan Tulga - Latin Soul Dancer (UK), Juan Matos & Amneriz Martinez (NY & Puerto Rico), Adrián & Anita (Uruguay - Brazil), Marco (Italy) & Natalia (Mexico), Karen & Ricardo (Chile/Argentina,) Fabián & Esther (Spain), Favio Vasquez & Renata Castillo (Chile), Zaragoza & Zarautz, Ye Mambo (Spain), Zulmara & Paco (USA/Mex), Fernando Sosa & Tropical Gem Crew (Italy), Sergio & Gaby - Alma Latina (USA), David & Paulina (Mexico), Liz Lira (USA), Serena Cuevas (USA), Ana & Joel (Boston, USA), Reda Dance (France), Carlos Redondo (Spain), Edwin Rivera (USA-NY/Puerto Rico), Alex & Chi (USA), Simone & Serena (Italy), Johnny Vasquez & Lilliana (LA,USA), Adolfo & Carla & His Latin Soul Dancers (USA-NY/Italy), Oliver Pineda & Luda (Aust, Latin Motion), Magna Gopal (USA), Troy & Jorjet (USA), Chiquito & Alice (Dominican Republic/Italy), Vito & Stephania (Italy), Mouaze & Fanny (France), Jamie Jesus, Lil Liz, Amy, Allan (Aust, LDA),
Super Mario (UK) Susanna Montero (UK), Junior & Emily (USA),
David Paris (USA), Edie “The Salsa Freak” (USA), Al “Liquidsilver” Espinoza
(USA), Mariano (USA), Victor & Burju (USA), Joel & Betsy
Natalie Zellar & Nathan (Aust), Zee (Singapore), Sharon Pakir (Aust), Kevin & Chelsea (Aust), Pablo (Argentina), Jennifer (USA), Oren (Aust), Pascale (Aust),
Fernando & Becky (Aust), Elli & Carlos (Aust), Nestor (Aust), Mary & Neil (Aust), Gino (Peru), Csaba & Vali (Aust, Latin Motion) Nestor & Josie (Aust), Giancarlo & Marsha (NZ/Aust), Roberto & Jenna (Aust), Artia Zandian (Aust) & many many more.
Cuban/Miami Salsa Dance Training
Vivio & Gredis
(Cuba/NZ), Andrew Robertson(NZ/Aust), Ricardo & Viviana (Colombia), Jen (USA), Orod & Dessie (UK), Angela & Dave, Zane
Powel (NZ), performers/teachers from 'Lady Salsa Show Cuba'
in 2002 & many more.
Bachata Dance Training:
Carlos Cinta (USA), Juan and Samantha (NSW), Mitch & Ellicia (Aust), Tony Lara (UK), Nestor (Aust), Giancarlo & Marsha (NZ/Aust), Jamie Jesus, Lil Liz, Carlos Redondo (Spain), Amy (Aust, LDA) Csaba & Vali (Aust, Latin Motion), Moro & Alegria (Aust), Oren
& Pascale (Aust), Gino (Peru/NZ), & many more.
Kizomba, Zouk & Lambada Dance Training:
Larissa & Kadu (Aust/Brazil), Adilio (Brazil), Ivo & Shani (USA), Clement Maura (France), Chloe Loh (Aust), Badi Bayly (Aust), Jamie Jesus, Lil Liz, Amy (Aust, LDA), Badi Bayly (Perth), Renata Pecanha & Jeorge Peres (Brazil), Csaba & Vali (Aust, Latin Motion) Mafie Zouker & Yasmin (Brazil), Andrew Robertson (NZ/Aust), Paul & Lynda
(Latin Fever NZ), Amit & Emily (Aust) & many more.
Samba No Pe & Samba Axé Dance training:
Albena (Brazil), Claudrado (Brazil/NZ), Amy (Aust, LDA) Andrew Robertson (NZ/Aust), Paul & Lynda
(Latin Fever NZ) Zane Powell
(NZ), Angela Douglas (Street Latin NZ) & many more.
Note: Teachers listed above are a mixture of long time training through classes, plus courses, workshops, private lessons, teacher training, syllabus training.. not including online help & training etc.
Salsa Dance Competiton