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South Island Salsa Competiton 2023

Amazing weekend for Latin Fire at the South Island Latin Championships 2023!

We are so proud of our hard-working students who hit the floor across the freestyle, solo, duet and teams divisions.

The competition was fierce this year will all the Christchurch Studios turning out amazing performances. Congratulations to all those who placed, you all worked your butts off and it showed on that stage!

Latin Fire’s students did an amazing job on the night with numerous placings. Our shines teams took out both the Salsa and Latin Shines Team categories and our soloists won both the Ladies Salsa and Latin solo categories as well as both Amateur duet categories! In fact across the board we placed in every category we entered in!

Placings for Latin Fire were as follows:

1st place Natasha Frost - Amateur Salsa Solo

1st place Jorja Dann - Amateur Latin Solo

1st Place Amelia Woods - Youth Latin Solo and Youth Salsa Solo

1st Place Ella Wilson & Natasha Frost – Amateur Latin Duets

1st Place Jorja Dann & Natasha Frost – Amateur Salsa Duets

1st Place Zara Harrington & Isabel Marshall – Youth Salsa Duets

1st Place Gabriella Zhen and Jayden Lewis – Youth Latin Duets

1st Place Latin Fire Ladies Teams – Salsa Shines Team & Latin Shines Team

1st Place Latin Fire Senior Youth Teams – Youth Latin Shine Team and Youth Salsa Shine Team.

1st Place Mike Hobbs & Grace Sparks* - Pro-Am Bachata Freestyle

2nd place Ella Wilson - Amateur Latin Solo

2nd Place Jayden Lewis - Youth Latin Solo

2nd Place Joey Tann - Youth Salsa Solo

2nd Place Salisha Wright and Jase Majendie – Youth Salsa Duets

2nd Place Harper Knowles and Ella Teylor – Youth Latin Duets

2nd Place Latin Fire Salsa Team – Salsa CouplesTeam

2nd Place Latin Fire Intermediate Youth Teams – Youth Latin Shine Team and Youth Salsa Shine Team.

2nd Place Mike Hobbs & Bonnie van Beyere Open Bachata Freestyle

3rd place Jorja Dann - Amateur Salsa Solo

3rd Place McKenzie Kellett - Youth Latin Solo

3rd Place Gabriella Zhen - Youth Salsa Solo

3rd Place Josie Momm & Rebecca Majendie – Amateur Latin Duets

3rd Place Antonia Stevenson and Neve Majendie – Youth Salsa Duets

3rd Place Grace Gregory and Charlotte Williams – Youth Latin Duets

3rd Place Latin Fire Student Team – Latin Shines Team

3rd Place Latin Fire Junior Youth Team – Youth Latin Shine Team

3rd Place Mike Hobbs & Hayley Smith – Pro-Am Salsa Freestyle

4th Place Andres Salcedo and Donna Frost – Pro-Am Salsa Freestyle

Huge thanks to the organisers of the Southies for giving us a platform to grow on and congratulations on 20 years of this amazing competition!!

All Photos courtesy Carlos Camilo Torres Alvarado

* Non Latin Fire Competitor

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