Kate, the main instructor and Director of Salsa ¡Agua!, has been dancing Latin dance for more than 15 years. She has been teaching Cuban dance and Salsa since 2008. Her patient, fun, energetic teaching style is contagious and she will have you dancing and having a great time before you know it.

kate2A trip to Cuban in 2009 saw her training in Havana with Isaias Rojas Ramirez director of Ban Rarra dance company. She was a senior instructor and performer with the Cuban Groove in Auckland, working with New Zealand’s premier Cuban professional dancers Greydis Montero Liranza and Isbert (Vivio) Ramos for several years before her relocation to Tauranga in 2013.

Kate is a trustee of the NZ Cuban Festival Trust which runs the Annual National Cuban Festival, and is also part of the organising committee for the Bay Salsa Festival. She teachers a range of Cuban dancers (Salsa, Rudea de Casino, Son , Rumba, Chachacha, Cubaton and some Afro Cuban dances), Bachata and Merengue.

Kate is captivated with the fun, authenticity and depth of Cuban dance and she wants you to discover the joy of Cuban dance too.


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What our students say!

Yes! It was awesome 🙂 very much appreciate the effort you put in to preparing Kate, loved the class and learning some background at the same time! June 2013

Cherie Trujillo

Miss Kate, You have been absolutely amazing over the past er 8 or so weeks. You’re diligence, patience, encouragement, support, knowledge, and skill. I believe you give the world a reason to dance! To take those around you on a journey and bring out the best no matter what is a skill and a gift … More Dawn Speakman

Dawn Speakman

Great class last night Kate. June 2013

Patricia Foote

Kate is a great teacher and really enjoyed the class on Friday and looking forward to attending one of the Thursday social evening. August 2016

Paula Harrison

Kate your choreography’s are amazing. July 2015 I really liked that follow on at the end of our session last night. It was enjoyable for me. Aug 2015

Robyn Crosa

She’s a great Salsa teacher. Sep 2015

Stormie Lewis