Salsa Moves dance studio owners Alfonso (37) and Kate (25)
Rios practise some of their dance moves in between
preparations for their official opening in Dunedin's former
chief post office on Saturday. Their 17-month-old son
Alfonso (Junior) joins in the fun. Photo by Craig Baxter
A Peruvian Latin dancer hopes to ''unleash'' the dancer
from within typical Otago blokes from next week, when he
reopens his dance studio in Dunedin's former chief post office
Salsa Moves is the latest business to move into the
About 145 staff from Silver Fern Farms started work in their
new headquarters on the first two floors of the building on
March 25, and Multipeak Fitness hopes to open a gym on the
second floor by mid-May.
Salsa Moves owner Alfonso Rios said New Zealand was full of
dancing talent which was just waiting to be tapped into.
''I find when people get over their self-consciousness, they
have fun and they begin to dance.
''New Zealanders don't know how good they can dance. I'm here
to help them unleash the dancer within.''
The Latin dance studio, formerly in South Dunedin, has about
100 members. But Mr Rios hoped once the studio was settled in
its new premises on the second floor, membership would grow
to about 200.
Salsa Moves is subletting part of Multipeak Fitness's
premises, and Mr Rios believed between the two businesses,
the second floor would become a one-stop health and fitness
''There will be a gym, physio, massage, aerial jogging,
Pilates, Zumba and Latin dance. We're looking at having
meditation classes, too.
''There's a lot happening here.
''I've been dreaming of something like this since I arrived
in Dunedin 11 years ago.
''It's basically a health centre.''
Mr Rios said Salsa Moves would officially open in the chief
post office building on Saturday, with three dance sessions.
One of Australia and New Zealand's greatest Cuban female
Latin dancers, Greydis Montero, would perform at the opening,