Where to Dance

Where to Dance Interview: Saione Greer

Saione Greer is a busy man, he runs 5 rooms of dancing at Viva Dance Studios in central Auckland. He and his team also produce a Latin Fiesta in central Auckland & Takapuna, the NZ Latin Dance ChampionshipsZouk Central NZ Brazilian Dance Festivalthe NZ Salsa Congress in Wellington, plus a yearly Auckland Salsa Ball, phew!

The moment I fell in love with dance was ..

back in the 1980s with breakdance and hip hop.

Three of my favourite dances are ..

Salsa, Bachata, Hip Hop.

What defines me as a dance teacher is ..

Empathy. I know the journey and remember only too well being a beginner dancer and those learning challenges.

What I tell dancers to think about is ..

not to worry about what other people think of you.

My top dance etiquette tip is ..

don’t teach on the dance floor.

One of the health benefits of dance I most appreciate now is ..

friendships and community.

My hot tip for taking care of my body as a dancer is ..

eat right!

One of the highlights of my dance career has been ..

seeing people blossom and enjoy themselves.

I’d like to see the dance industry in NZ ..

find unity among all the different styles.


Photo: Ange with Saione

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