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Let us introduce you to the New Zealand World Latin Dance Cup.
This event is New Zealand’s National Latin Dance Championships and is the Official Qualifier to the World Latin Dance Cup to be hosted in Florida, USA in December each year.
The World Latin Dance Cup was created by Albert Torres 5 years ago, to challenge the little boy and girl inside each of us to live our dreams and ‘Create Unity Through Salsa’. The New Zealand World Latin Dance Cup will provide us with the opportunity to network with other like-minded individuals who share a common goal of competing and offers a means to up-skill our dance and music techniques. In doing so, we will be encouraging all sectors of the dance community (from Beginner to Advanced) to participate in a national Latin Dance Championship.
This event also gives us a national forum to educate, train and support the dance community in the different forms of Latin dance and music with the aim of fostering and increasing public interest in this art form. In doing this, we aim to promote and improve the standard of Latin dancing throughout New Zealand.

Through the forms of dance and music, individuals, groups and families within the community are able to maintain their physical (tinana), mental (hinengaro), spiritual (wairua) and family (whānau) well-being.
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The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts

156 Armagh St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand


National Latin Dance Championships and the Official Qualifier to the World Latin Dance Cup in Orlando.

Be ready for FRIDAY 16th & SATURDAY 17th MARCH 2018

Check last year's competition!
Success in Miami FL 2016

Special and memorable time for NZ at the WLDC in Miami

NZTeam returns home with 3 World Champions

GOLD / 3


Mama Rae, as she’s known on the international and national salsa scene has graced the dance floors on many continents, in many countries including the USA, Australia and here in New Zealand and partnered the salsa international sensations not to mention Edwin Rivera, Eddie Torres, Oliver Pineda, Junior Alabi, Albert Torres and Csaba Szirmai and danced along side the musical greats including Ricki Martin, Gilberto Santa Rosa and the Mambo Legends…

However her humility was grassroots based and her love and support of things local was first and foremost and Rae could be found every weekend supporting local bands; participating in regional street parades and attending national festivals and congresses. She embraced the dance endeavors of children including her own granddaughter Grace. Mama Rae’s love of Latin dance and music and people… will for ever be held as a legacy in the Rae Foster New Zealand World Latin Dance Cup

Mama Rae


As a Patron of the New Zealand World Latin Dance Cup, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you are not only helping today’s finest artists on their path to success, but you are paving the way for future generations to realise their potential.

Lifetime Patrons: 

Diamond – Marie-Louise Hudson

Platinum – Mahuta Hudson

Founding – Rae Foster

Annual Bronze Patrons:

Chrissie Merritt – Helga & Tom Dombay


Our partners not only fund our engine room, they are part of it. We have close working relationships with them all. We build the New Zealand World Latin Dance Cup together. Our partners help ensure that whomever we communicate with, or entertain, has a wonderful experience. But most of all, our partners help us honour artists.

 World Salsa Tours

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Albert Torres Productions

Albert Torres Produtions (300)


We are privileged to be aligned with Affiliates that can offer special discounts, amenities and lowest rates so we can then pass them into YOU…

Aventura Dance Cruises



We are fortunate to enjoy exceptionally close relationships with these major sponsors; there support is vital to the continued success of the New Zealand World Latin Dance Cup.

Infinity Foundation Limited

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Rata Foundation

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The Southern Trust

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Alpha Protection Services

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New Zealand’s Latin Dance Cup offering national titles and qualifications through to the World Latin Dance Cup hosted in Miami

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118 Cornfoot Street, Castlecliff, Whanganui, New Zealand 4501

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+64 27 658 4663

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