Salsa Latina Dance Teacher Profile:

Reuben

Reuben is the director/owner of ‘Salsa Latina’ Dance Centre in Christchurch. A New Zealand Professional Salsa Champion and a NZ & Australasian Judge for many Latin Dance Competitions. He runs many NZ and local regular events and festivals. In 2017 he was Awarded the 'Latin Dance Industry Award', for his contribution to the Latin dance community in New Zealand.  Reuben originally started dancing Merengue. Cuban/Miami style Salsa & Brazilian Samba/Axé & Lambada back in 1999, from there he has danced non stop for 20+ years and learnt from countless local and international teachers in NZ and overseas, constantly learning and upgrading skills which have developed a unique personal style. He’s had extensive teaching and performance experiences in many various Latin dance styles and has trained vast amounts of dancers. As a result, a number of them were kick-started into teaching and performing today. His true passion is for social dancing and favoured styles are Salsa, Mambo, Kizomba & Bachata and teaches all these styles currently. With his dance partners, teachers, dancers and teams have achieved many prestigious NZ & Aust Champion titles including NZ & Aust Salsa Team Salsa Champions on numerous occasions... see below

• Director of  Salsa Latina Dance School & Dance Centre

• Australasian & NZ Salsa Judge

• Salsa Awarded the 'Latin Dance Industry Award', for his contribution to the Latin dance community in New Zealand

• Qualified Salsa & Latin Dance Teacher "Master Level"

• New Zealand Professional Champion

• Head Performance Team Leader, Founder & Choreographer >

• Pioneer for Linear Salsa in South Island, first to teach NY style On1 & On2 courses.

• Pioneer for Zouk in South Island & NZ; first to teach in the South Island.

• Pioneer for Kizomba in South Island; first school to teach Kizomba courses.

• REPs Qualified Fitness-Personal Trainer & Gym Instructor & Group Exercise Instructor

• National Salsa / Latin DJ & dance event organiser

• Qualified Advertising Graphic Designer with 6 years experience in a advertising agency.

 

Latin Dance Styles

• Salsa; Street Latin Miami Salsa & Cuban Salsa, Puerto Rican Salsa, New York & LA Salsa on1 & on2 Mambo

• Bachata; Bachata Dominica, Senual, Moderna & Bachatango

• Cha Cha & Boogaloo

• Merengue

• Brazilian Samba No Pe & Samba Axé

• Kizomba

• Lambada & Zouk

 

Latin Dance Teaching & Professional Training:

Reuben started dancing Latin dancing back in 1999, his main passion is Salsa and instantly had a connection with it from the outset, non-stop dancing for 2 decades, 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 qualified 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 including from countless teachers Jamie Jesus & Lil Liz (LDA Australia) & Edwin Rivera (NY-USA / Puerto Rico), Troy (USA)  and Bircan Tulga (UK). Also certified from Mafie Zouker Masters Zouk training in 2010. Reuben has also has learnt overseas including Masters workshops in Spain. On top of this he's attended many professional, judging & teaching seminars, one on one lessons with International Instructors, some are listed below. 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. He also applies the same systems for other styles of dance including Kizomba & Bachata... see full list below

 

Judging

• Australian World Salsa Solo 2015
• New Zealand Latin Dance Competition 2018

• New Zealand Salsa Open 2016 & 2017

• New Zealand Salsa Solo 2015 & 2016

• New Zealand National Salsa Competition Auckland 2009 & 2010

• New Zealand Salsa Competition Auckland 2005.

 

Major Events & Schools Taught at:

• NZ Pacific Salsa Congress 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 (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 (Hanmer)

• 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)

• Christchurch Casino Daimond Bar 2008 & 2009 (CHCH)

• Salsa Latina 2009-present (CHCH)

• Danza Latina 2004-2009 (CHCH)

• Street Latin 2002-2004 (CHCH)

• Wanganui Latin Explosion Event 2005 (Wanganui)

• Salsa Groove NY Event 2005 (Nelson & Blenhiem)

• Club Latin Dance Event 2007 (Auckland)

... plus countless more

 

Choreographer & Team Training

Reuben is the lead choreographer and teacher for Salsa, KIzomba, Bachata & Mambo couples teams 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.

 

Dance Training:

Training & Teachers listed  below 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, Mambo & Cha Dance Training... since 1999

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), Jorge & Maria (Mexico), Jose & Nerea (Netherlands /Italy) David & Paulina (Mexico), Liz Lira (USA), Gabriel & Latisha (Argentina), 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 (Peru), 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 & Colombian styles; 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: since 2006

Carlos Cinta (USA), Harold & Regan (Canada), Gabriel & Latisha (Argentina), 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 Dance Training: since 2009

Nelson Campos (Portugal/GB), Jeremy Lao & Savanah (New Caledonia), Chris PY & Sara (Brisbane / France), Ramnish (Germany), Lukas & Rene (Aust) Ivo & Shani (USA), Helio Santos (Portugal) ,Chris (UK), Clement Maura (France), Chloe Loh (Aust),  Badi Bayly (Aust),  Sabine (NZ/Germany), Nikal in 2009, Tamas (Hungary/NZ) & many more

 

Zouk & Lambada Dance Training: since 2008

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), Zane Powell (NZ), Angela Douglas (NZ/Aust)  & many more.

 

Samba No Pe & Samba Axé Dance training: Since 2001

Albena (Brazil), Claudrado (Brazil/NZ), Amy (Aust, LDA) Andrew Robertson (NZ/Aust), Paul & Lynda (Latin Fever NZ) Zane Powell (NZ), Angela Douglas (NZ) & many more.
 

 

Latin Dance Competition Experience:

 

South Island Competition 2019
• 1st - SLA Salsa Team - Salsa Teams

• 2nd SLA Bachata Team - Latin Teams

• 1st - Reuben & Izadora - Salsa Open Freestyle Couples

• 1st - Grace (Am) & Reuben - Pro-Am Salsa Freestyle Couples


New Zealand Latin Dance Championships 2018

• 1st - Salsa On1 Team - Amateur Salsa Teams
• 1st - Salsa On2 Team - Open Salsa Teams
• 2nd - Bachata Kizomba Team - Open Showcase Teams

• 2nd - Robyn (Am) & Reuben (Pro) - Salsa Pro/Am Freestyle

 

South Island Competition 2018

• 1st - Bachata/Kizomba Team - Showcase Teams (Choreographer & Performer)

• 1st - Salsa On1 Team - Salsa Teams (Choreographer & Performer)

• 1st - Izadora Campos (Am) & Reuben Watkins - Pro-Am Salsa Couples


South Island Salsa Competition 2017

* 1st in Salsa Couples Teams Category (Choreographer & Performer)

NZ World Latin Dance Cup 2017

* 1st in Salsa Teams (Non-Cabaret Category) - Team Mambo Sabroso (Choreographer & Performer)

* 1st in Salsa Teams (Cabaret Category) - Team Salsa Sabrosa (Choreographer)


NZ Salsa Open 2016

* 2nd in Salsa Couples Teams Category - Team Mambo Sabroso (Choreographer & Performer)

* 3rd in Salsa Couples Teams Category - Team Salsa Sabrosa (Choreographer)


South Island Salsa Competition 2016

* 1st in Salsa Couples Teams Category (Choreographer & Performer)

* 1st - Mia & Reuben - Pro/am Freestyle partnered Salsa


Salsa Solo Competition NZ 2016

* 2nd in Salsa Open Teams Category (Choreographer & Performer)

* 1st - Mia & Reuben - Pro/am Freestyle partnered Salsa

* 2nd - Izadora & Reuben - Pro/am - Freestyle partnered Salsa


World Salsa Solo Competition Australia 2015

* 1st in Salsa Am Teams Category (Choreographer)


South Island Salsa Competition 2015

* 1st in Salsa Teams Category (Choreographer)

* 1st in Pro/Am Category with Mia (Reuben - Pro assist)


South Island Salsa Competition 2014

* 2nd in Salsa Teams Category (Choreographer)


New Zealand Salsa Championships 2013

* 1st in Salsa Teams Category (Choreographer)


South Island Salsa Competition 2013

* 1st in Salsa Teams Category 2012


New Zealand Salsa Championships in Auckland

* 1st in Profressional Section 2012 w/Marcela (Choreographer)

* 2nd in Salsa Teams Category (Choreographer)


South Island Salsa Competition 2012 (Choreographer)

* 1st in Salsa Teams Category


New Zealand Salsa Championships in Auckland...

* 2nd in Professional Section 2011 w/Marcela


South Island Salsa Comps

* 1st in professional section 2011 w/ Marcela

SI Salsa Competition 2nd Salsa team section 2011


NZ Pacific Salsa Congress 2009 Team Salsa Sabrosa

* Selected to Represent New Zealand in Sydney Congress


SI Salsa Competition

2nd South Island team section 2008


NZ National Salsa Comps Auckland

* 2nd in Professional Section 2007 w/ Vikki


South Island Salsa Comps

* 1st in professional section 2007 w/ Vikki

 

Latin Dance Performance & Show Experience:

• Sydney Latin Dance Festival 2015 (Australia)

• Bay Salsa Festival 2015 (Tauranga)

• TV3: Guest on the 4pm Show teaching hosts Salsa

• Bay Salsa Festival 2008-2011 (Tauranga)

• NZ Pacific Salsa Congress since 2011

• Sydney Salsa Congress 2010

• Christmas Salsa Balls 2010-2018

• Salsa Showcase in Blenheim 2009

• Various Salsa Night Fever performances 2007-present

• Latin Dance Festival Christchurch 2009

• NZ Pacific Salsa Congress 2008 (Wtgn)

• CTV Good Living Programme 2008

• Latin Dance Festival Christchurch 2008

• Latin Dance Corporate Events

• Salsa Showcase in Blenheim Aug 2007

• Christchurch Casino, top100 2006

• Jambalaya & South Islands Comps (Salsa SOS Crew) 2006

• Mexican Cafe 2005-2007

• Wanganui Latin Explosion (Salsa) w/ Fei 2005

• Festival of Flowers CHCH SQ 2005

• Havelock Festival (Axe & Salsa) 2005 Solo

• Tall Blacks games, Westpac Centre (Axé) 2004

• Womens Expo's (Salsa & Axé) 2001-2004 Solo & w/ Jodie

• The Loaded Hog - Regularly, Solo (Samba, Axe & Salsa) 2001-2005

• Warners, Baileys w/ Jodie 2002-2004

• Christchurch Christmas Parade 2001-04

• Various Wedding performances

• Jose Feliciano concert (Christchurch Town Hall) 2003

• Civic Theatre Latin Show (Salsa) 2001

• Numerous Corporate, Expo's, Fashion Shows & Wedding functions, to many to list

 

Event Organisation & Deejaying

• Thursday Salsa Nights @ Casa Publica 2017-preent
• Hanmer Salsa Winter Festival 2005 annually till present
• Salsa Night Fever with performances 2008-present
• Thursday Salsa Nights @ Iconic Bar 2016-2017
• Thursday Salsa Nights @ Mish Mash 2016

• Friday Salsa Nights with Matecito Live Salsa Band @ Mashina Lounge 2015-2016

• Thursay Salsa Nights @ Morrel & Co 2015

• Thursday Salsa Nights @ Corrianders 2014-2015

• Thursday Salsa Nights @ Mashina Lounge 2013-2014

• Salsa On Thursdays @ Revival Bar 2013

• Salsa Irishman @ The Irishman 2013

• Salsa On Thursdays @ Salsa Latina 2010-2013

• Christmas Salsa Ball 2008 to present (CHCH)

• Mexican Cafe Salsa Spectacular 2004-2007 Every Month (CHCH)

• Loaded Hog / Next Door 2003-2009 Every Thursday (CHCH)

•  Christchurch Casino on Wednesdays 2008 & 2009 (Chch)

• Twisted Hop Salsa Nights during 2010 (CHCH)

• Sunday Zymergy Bar 2007-2010 (CHCH)
• Created Salsa Timing Music CD 2007

• Lyme Bar 2007 (CHCH)

• The Garage Bar 2008-9 (CHCH)

and many more...
 

Latin/Salsa Deejaying at other Large Events

• NZ Pacific Salsa Congress 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 (Wtgn)

• Tercer Tiempo 2011 @ Dome Hagley Park (CHCH)

• LA Salsa Unplugged 2011 (CHCH)

• Viva Christmas Party 2010 (AK)

• Salsa Showcase in Blenheim 2008 & 2009

• Bay Salsa Festival 2008-2016 annually (Tauranga)

• Safari Lounge Salsa Night with Latinissimo May & Aug 2008 (AK)

• Wanganui Latin Explosion 2005 (Wanganui)

• Club Latin Parties 2006 & 2007 (AK)

• Dance Scene Salsa Parties 2005-2006 (Chch)

• Oliver Pineda Tour - Salsa Party 2005 (Chch)

• Kantuta Latin Band Salsa Event 2004 (Chch)

and many more...

 

 

 

Fitness Training

(REP's - Registered Excercise Professional)

• REP's Qualified Personal Fitness Trainer 2010

• REP's Qualified Gym Trainer 2010

• First Aid Certificate 2010

- Group Exercise

- Personal Training Certified

- Nutrition

- Injury Management

- Programming for Special Populations

- Sports Training

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