OUR DANCE INSTRUCTORS
Dance Pasion specialises in Argentine Tango, Salsa and other forms of Latin Dancing.
Be taught by World-Class instructors.
New Zealand Tango Champion
I love to teach others and experience their thrill as they accomplish things they never thought were possiblehere is never been a student that I haven't been able to teach how to dance.
Working with Natallia since 2019 has seen new choreography produced, from the breath-taking beautiful Oblivion, spectacular Libertango and the brilliantly powerful Roxanne with other works currently in creative progress.
Showcasing these performances at the Napier Art Deco Festival and recently in St Matthews in the City has held the audience at times spellbound where you can literally “hear a pin drop” or breaking into applause.
Natallia was introduced to Argentine Tango by John Flower in 2003 and was absolutely mesmerised by the magic world of Tango.
She dances Argentine Tango with her dance partner John and has been performing tango together since 2019 at Napier Art Deco Festival and other major events & festivals in Auckland and beyond, assisting John with Tango workshops & classes. Natallia also professionally performs belly dance and Samba in other dance troupes.
Working together since 2019 has seen new choreography produced, from the breath-taking beautiful Oblivion, spectacular Libertango, heart-pounding Tanguera and the brilliantly powerful Roxanne with Remolino and La Hurricane just recently added to the dance portfolio & other works currently in creative progress. Showcasing these performances at the Napier Art Deco Festival and in 2021 at St Matthews in the City has held the audience at times spellbound where you can literally “hear a pin drop” or breaking into applause.
Continue to work on new projects – including famous Por Una Cabeza and
La Cumparsita choreographies to perform with live musicians.
Keep learning & exploring beautiful and magic world of Tango with her dance partner John Flower – a legend of NZ Tango.
A Bit More Info on our Dancing Background
John Flower started life in the far north of New Zealand in rural New Zealand where the closest he came to skating was an old pair of handed down strap-on roller skates. After his family moved to Auckland, John commenced training in Ice skating where he became a New Zealand Gold Level ice dance champion. During that time he was introduced by another skater into the world of South America dance and became New Zealand’s first South American Dance Champion. John trained and performed Lambada, Salsa and Samba firstly with Dance companies “Tierra Viva” followed by “Latin Fever”. He trained in traditional Argentine Tango, performing and teaching, later becoming NZ Tango champion for three consecutive years subsequently representing New Zealand in the prestigious Tango World championships held in Buenos Aires for those three years.
John competed in the World Latin Dance Cup (WLDC) held in Miami 2016 where he won the “Tango Stage Performance” category. In addition to his ice skating skills, John credits the Tango teachers he has received instruction from for his ability to perform and instruct, some of which include Carlos Rivarola, Andrea Monti, Damien Garcia, Fabio Robles, Daniel Juraz y Alejandra Armenti, Gato, Yuka Sato y Sebastian Bianchi and very memorable classes with Pablo Veron and the very special dance classes with the Tango Academy run by Gustavo Naviera, Fabian Salas and Chicho Frumboli
Dance Pasion was recognised for their authentic traditional style by the NZ Argentine embassy and used to demonstrate and perform for the embassy. Dance Pasion were the first dancers to perform with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra in 1999 and continued to perform a number of times with the APO, also performing with the Australian, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
John enjoys sharing his love of Tango by both performing for and instructing others. Some new public workshops are planned to be announced soon.
Natallia enjoys teaching in addition to performing, is a belly dance instructor for Arabellas, Natallia also dances & performs Brazilian Samba with NZ Samba Passion – MUSAS for many years.
Participating in many festivals, events, workshops, Samba parades and shows. One of the highlights was to perform on the TV show “Dancing with the Stars” and featuring in the video for FIFA world cup and also unforgettable experience while parading and dancing at Samba Carnival in Rio de Janeiro in 2017.