With a lot of enthusiasm, your hosts Sebastian & Sara invite you to be a part of an unforgettable dance weekend, jam-packed with World class workshops, shows, parties and much more!
If you love to dance - this is for you, if you love to watch dance - then this is for you too, if you have little ones - then this is your go to kid-friendly event too!
Karen Forcano (ARG) and Ricardo Vega (CHL) are currently without a doubt, the World’s most wanted Salsa Cabaret Couple. On a daily basis, they travel across the globe to teach, perform, and compete in the World's most prestigious competitions. At an early age, Karen was motivated by her mother, who was a ballet dancer. Karen started with classical ballet at age 6 and when she was 7, her mother took salsa and merengue classes, something Karen liked a lot more so her mother began to prepare her professionally in Latin dances in different schools across Argentina, alongside best professionals.
On the other side, Ricardo shares the passion of dance with his entire family. He was inspired by his grandparents who were professional tango dancers. Starting at the age of 7 in classical ballet, at he Municipal Theatre of Santiago, until the age of 15, Ricardo acquired classes in the renowned academies of contemporary dance, jazz, hip-hop and Latin rhythms.
Karen and Ricardo met in Chile in 2003 and started busking on the streets to impress the crowds. Since they were noticed, they have performed for television programs, events and in 2009 they began competing professionally. Currently, Karen and Ricardo with more than 30 national and international titles, have competed, taught and showcased their art worldwide.
Due to their great success, in June 2015, Karen and Ricardo decided to form their global companies and deliver a piece of them to every corner of the world. After working with them for a few years in perfecting their own salsa routines, Sara and Sebastian (NZL) thought New Zealand should be no exception for Karen and Ricardo's World Dance Crew. Whilst Sara and Sebastian were trained under these superstars in preparation for the 2016 World Latin Dance Cup in Miami, FL, they decided that despite the fact that NZ is very limited and far away from the rest of the world, it should also have the opportunity to be part of this amazing dance journey and experience where dancers will become more motivated and grow in their dance journey day by day.
In early 2016, Sara and Sebastian have formed the K&R World Dance Crew Auckland and selectively gathered some of Auckland's best Latin dancers. The demand and popularity of their team kept growing and included dancers not only from Auckland but those from across the country too. The K&R World Dance Crew Auckland has recently been crowned 1st Place in Open Salsa Teams at the national competition and have been invited to perform at the Sydney Latin Festival in January 2017 where the 7 synchronised couples managed to leave the crowd breathless!
Alongside Karen and Ricardo, Kiwi Latin Fest is also bringing you the best of our national artists, not only teaching a number of different Latin workshops over the weekend but also performing and representing their schools and partying till late with Auckland's best Latin DJ's.
Apart from top notch workshops, breathtaking performances and unforgettable parties, here are some other important goodies we will have at Kiwi Latin Fest over the weekend:
- Delicious food
- Fully stocked bar
- Parking (limited)
- Big sprung dance floor
- Fun Freestyle Competition
- Merchendise for sale (costumes, shoes, dance accessories etc)
- Representatives of other Latin Dance Schools to tell you about their offers!
- Prizes to give away
Take part in something new, something challenging, yet incredible! Live a dancing experience of your lifetime with the locals and the 9x World Salsa Champions, Karen and Ricardo for the first time in Aotearoa!
All the World's a stage.
See you on the dancefloor!
Kiwi Latin Fest