- 1st place Masters Solo at Latin Cup 2017
- 3rd place Masters Solo at World Latin Cup 2016
- 3rd place Salsa Teams at S.I. Salsa Competition 2016
- 3rd place Shine Teams at S.I. Salsa Competiton 2016
- 1st place Masters Salsa Solo at NZ World Latin Dance Cup 2016
- 3rd place Showcase Teams at NZ World Latin Dance Cup 2016
- 1st place Masters Duets at Brisbane Latin Fesitval 2015
- 2nd place Masters Salsa Solo at Brisbane Latin Festival 2015
- 1st place at New Zealand Salsa Solo Masters, 2015
- 1st place at South Island Salsa Competition, Showcase Teams 2014
- 1st place at South Island Salsa Competition, Salsa Teams 2014
- 2nd place at New Zealand Salsa Championships, Showcase Teams 2013
- 2nd place at New Zealand Salsa Championships, Salsa Teams
- 3rd place at New Zealand Salsa Championships, Showcase Shine Teams 2013
- 1st place at South Island Salsa Competition, Showcase Teams 2013
- 2nd place at South Island Salsa Competition, Salsa Teams 2013
- 2nd place at New Zealand Salsa Solos, Shines Teams 2012
- 1st place at South Island Salsa Competition, Showcase Teams 2012
- 2nd place at South Island Salsa Competition, Open Couples 2012
- 2nd place at South Island Salsa Competiti0n, Shine Teams 2012
- 2nd placing at South Island Salsa Competition, Showcase Teams, 2011
- 3rd placing at South Island Salsa Competition, Salsa Teams, 2011
- 3rd placing with Latin Fire Team at NZ Nationals 2010
- 1st placing at South Island Salsa Competition, Teams, September, 2008, 2009 & 2010
- Best Overall Performance Team at NZ/Pacific Salsa Selections for Sydney, Wellington 2008 (choreographer & performer)
- Highest Score Team at NZ/Pacific Salsa Selections for Sydney, Wellington 2007 (choreographer & performer)
- 3rd Team at Jambalaya, Rotorua 2006 (choreographer & performer)
- 3rd placing at NZ Nationals ‘Open Freestyle Salsa’ competition 1999
- Salsa South Island Silver Medalist 1999
- Lambada South Island Gold Medalist 1997
- Salsa South Island Gold Medalist 1997
- Event organiser of South Island Salsa Competitin 2006-2012
Donna has trained with the following National & International instructors:
- Pascale De la Cour (Sydney), Serena Cuevas (USA), Johnny Vasquez (Mexico), Edwin Rivera (New York/Puerto Rico), Jaime Jesus & Little Liz (LDA Sydney), Olivery Pineda & Luda (Latin Motion, Sydney), Ryoko & Ryu (Japan), Orod & Dessi (London), Al Liquid Silver & Karla Espinoza (USA), Stayz Ruakawa (Star Dance Academy, NZ) Oren & Pascall (Salsa Vibes, Sydney), Gian Carlo & Masha (Latinissimo, Auckland), Karlos & Eli (Latin Steps, Brisbane), Tony Lara & Danielle (Italy), Junior & Emily (USA), Nuno & Vanda (Portugal), Super Mario (London), Mary Grace & Neil (LDA Sydney), Susana Montero (UK), Csaba & Vali (Latin Motion, Sydney), Nestor & Katrina (Latin Dance Australia), David Paris & Zoe, USA, Carlos Cinta, USA, Josie & Daniel, Australia, Juan Ruiz (Sydney), Alex Bryan (Melboure)!!!
Performed Latin dance for:
- Melbourne Latin Festival, 2017
- Brisbane Latin Festival, 2016
- Sydney Bachata Festival, 2015
- Sydney Latin Festival, 2015
- Performing and teaching at Melbourne Latin Festival 2014
- Performed at Melbourne Latin Festival 2013
- Performed at Sydney Latin Festival, 2013, 2015
- Canterbury Fashion Week, 2015
- DouDoule Latin Dance Camp, Gold Coast 2012
- Byron Latin Fiesta, Byron Bay, Australia 2009
- Sydney Salsa Congress 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011
- Latin Dance Festival 2007, 2008, 2009
- Internationally acclaimed ‘Buena Vista Social Club’
- ASB Starry Nights
- Christchurch Symphony Orchestra
- Canterbury Flames / Tactix
- Numerous Corporate & social dance functions
- Latin Choreographer for Evita with Showbiz Christchurch 2016
- Choreographer & Manager of ‘Latin Fire Dance Troupe” (formerly Hot Tempo Company) with Dance routines in Samba, Bachata, ChaCha, and more!!
- Choreographer & Manager of ‘Latin Fire Teenage Team’
- Choregrapher for many Primary School and Intermediate schools
- Choreographer of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ for ‘Showbiz Christchurch’
- Choreographer for Canterbury Children’s Theatre, ‘Fairy Tale Magic’
- Choreographer for Canterbury University, Musoc, ‘Law Review’
Other Dance/Singing Performances:
- Performances for Showbiz Christchurch from the age of 16, including Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Me & My Girl, West Side Story plus many other!
- Latin Choreographer for Evita
- Performing at many Latin Festivals around NZ & Australia
- Leading roles as Diana Morelis in ‘A Chorus Line’.
- Anita in ‘West Side Story’ with Showbiz.
- Nicky in ‘Sweet Charity’ (Canterbury Music Theatre).
- Performing at Sydney Salsa Congress January, 2007, 2008 & 2009!
- Being placed 1st at the NZ/Pacific Salsa Congress Teams, 2007 & invited back to Sydney Salsa Congress.
- Teaching & Performing at Byron Latin Fiesta 2009.
- Ceroc Nationals 2010
- NZ Nationals 2009
- Eastgate Dance Search 2009
- First NZ Youth Salsa Congress, Wellington 2007
- South Island Salsa Competition 2008, Youth Section
- Donna has taught at a large number of Primary Schools & Intermediate schools around the Christchurch & Canterbury areas. This is a huge passion for Donna to teach any age how to dance! If you are interested in discussing teaching at your school with Donna please contact her on Ph 027 222 6900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Louise Lynch's Reference
- Other references available upon request
- Dancing with Stars at Christchurch Theatre Royal
I can't believe that I, a lifelong DANCE PHOBIC, have been dancing for a whole year!
I'm sure I'm not the first, and I won't be the last, but I thought I'd voice my appreciation.
It means a lot to me (even if I still suck hahaha The point is I'm enjoying myself, right?)
I have Donna, Warren, Michael, Shannon, Richard and Nicola, who have taught me, all the advanced students, who have kindly given me feedback, and the whole Latin Fire community to thank for it.
At any point, I was just as likely to run than I was to stay, and I might very well not have stuck with it had it been any other place.
Cheers for laughing with me, not at me (shuddup, Michael Hobbs!) , and thank you for making me feel so welcome!
Thank you Donna and Warren for allowing me to come to Sydney Latin Festival and perform with guys.
You both did a fantastic job and the team pulled off a brilliant performance.