Dante Sanchez & Indira Hiayes – New Zealand and Australia Tour in September & October 2018!

Following his tour of New Zealand in 2017, New Zealand and Australia are teaming up together to bring both Dante Sanchez & his dance partner Indira Hiayes back in 2018 for their first overseas tour together!

There will be performances, private lessons and workshops at every stop on their tour, bringing all those inspirational Youtube clips to LIFE!

During his highly successful tour in September 2017, he taught in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Tauranga; he become the main talking topic amongst the New Zealand dancers and his direct and no nonsense approach were surprisingly well received and respected! His popularity also attracted dancers from as far afield as New Caledonia. Local organisers had to turn down requests for private lessons as they were completely booked out, with dancers who were on the waiting list hoping for a cancellation!

This year, all private lessons will have both Dante (Teacher) and Indira (Teaching Assistant), which is great news for male leaders who aren’t fans of dancing with other men! Reservations for NZ are now being taken so book early to avoid disappointment!


About Dante Sanchez

Dante SanchezDante Sanchez is one of the most internationally renowned and respected Tango Dancers, Teachers and Mentors. So much so he was a judge at the World Tango Championship (El Mundial de Tango) and, since 2014, at the Metropolitan Championship in Buenos Aries.

Dante started studying Tango at the age of 10, dancing at various folklore and tango festivals and competitions all over Argentina.

He moved to Buenos Aires from Patagonia when he was 18 years old and was taught by Carlos and Rosa Perez. He also started dancing with Ines Muzzopappa and less than a year later they entered the Metropolitan Championship of Buenos Aires, finishing in second place. Later that year they were crowned World Champions in the Tango Salon category at El Mundial de Tango in Buenos Aires, one of the worlds most important tango festivals and championships. He was only 19 years old.

Dante SanchezSince then, he’s appeared in a number of shows including ‘Tango y Nada Mas’ by the Tango+Tango company and ‘Tango Porteño’. In April 2017 he was invited to perform with the very well known and respected Maria Nieves at a prestigious event in Buenos Aries. He was also invited to perform for the President of Switzerland, Doris Leuthard, in 2017.

His in-depth knowledge, reputation and passion for Tango along with his teaching ability has made him one of the most sought after Mentors for both local Argentinean and international dancers and stage performers of all ages.

He’s often invited to teach in Europe, Asia, America and Australia as well as participate in prestigious festivals such as the International Festival of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), the Meeting Tango festival in Valencia, the Berlin International Film Festival and Tango Ritual in Istanbul.

In January 2016, at the age of 28, he opened his own Tango Studio in Palermo, Buenos Aires called ‘Dante Sanchez Estudio’ where he gives classes and organises seminars with many renowned tango teachers.

Since January 2018, he has been appearing in Señor Tango, the largest show in Buenos Aires.

In September 2017, his first tour to New Zealand wowed dancers from across the country and from as far afield as New Caledonia. His private lessons were fully booked throughout the tour with many on the waiting list hoping for a cancellation. He created a lasting impression on many people and we’re sure they’ll do the same this year.

About Indira Hiayes

Dante SanchezIndira Hayes took her first steps in Tango at the age of 9, in one of the most renowned dance schools in the South of Argentina. Her motivation to learn and talent for Tango lead her to take part in numerous shows throughout Argentina and South America as well as winning many competitions. Following that she was privileged to take part of Argentina’s most important festivals, “Cosquín” and “Jesús María”.
In 2015, at the age of 18 she moved to Buenos Aires to keep learning Tango and soon became Dante Sanchez’s dance partner. They began performing in Buenos Aires’ most renowned Milongas, including Salon Canning, Club Gricel, El Beso and La Viruta where her captivating movement and energy wowed the crowds.
Since January 2018, Indira has been partnering Dante Sanchez in the show Señor Tango in Buenos Aires.

Dante & Indira’s movement in New Zealand & Australia

Location Date Host
Auckland 11th & 12th September
19th to 30th September
1st to 3rd October
Kelly P.
Christchurch 13th to 18th September Helen G. & Grant C.
Sydney 4th to 10th October Tango Spirit
Melbourne 10th to 16th October Tango Esencia

Please check with the resident hosts prior to booking your accommodation, flights etc.

Dante’s private lesson is highly recommended. Please contact the resident host for more information.

Dante & Indira’s Workshops in Auckland

There will be Milonga, Performances, Workshops & Guided Practica!

Dante & Indira’s Workshops in Christchurch

Workshop 1 – Dance fluidly with your partner to the music

Friday, 14th Sept ( 8:00-9:30pm)

@ Prebbleton School , 2-8 Blakes Road, Prebbleton

Workshop 2 – Lead and follow different Ochos

Saturday, 15th Sept ( 10:30am-12pm)

@ Prebbleton Hall, 617 Springs Road, Prebbleton

Workshop 3 – Giros with different ending 

Saturday, 15th Sept ( 1:00-2:30pm)

@ Prebbleton Hall, 617 Springs Road, Prebbleton

Workshop 4 – Milonga 

Sunday, 16th Sept ( 11:00am-12:30pm)

@ Prebbleton Hall, 617 Springs Road, Prebbleton

Workshop 5 – Giro with sacadas

Sunday, 16th Sept ( 1:30–3:00pm)

@ Prebbleton Hall, 617 Springs Road, Prebbleton

What our friends said

Joan Juana (OZ): “Many times when I was in Buenos Aires, I saw women, famous figures in tango scream and almost weep with emotion after he danced with them. He has magic; during his classes, he tries to impart his magic to his students, in the embrace, the walk, the connection, the musicality. He dances his tango into me, he makes me walk and move to his perfection. So, that is why after 8 years, I still follow him, as his student and his friend. For his magic.”

Mostafa Hamidi (NZ): “It is a pleasure to hear Dante will come to Auckland in 2018. I had the opportunity to take a few private lessons during his last visit and boy; he knows tango and how to teach it! I could significantly improve my basics and highly recommend his private lessons to other fellow dancers in NZ.”

Federico Remualdi (Uruguay, was in NZ): “Dante’s style was nurtured by the best old milongueros. This is GREAT NEWS for New Zealand dancers!”

Hilda Yuan (NZ): “I was very lucky to have some lessons with Dante during my last visit to BA. Whilst he is a very renowned and well-respected dancer among local and international tango communities, he is also a great teacher. His teaching is structured and precise. I particularly appreciate his genuine feedback and instructions during the lessons, which greatly enlighten area I need to work on as well as understand how to.”

Michiko McDowell (NZ): “He’s the best teacher I’ve had. I enjoyed all his private lessons and learnt so much from him. I like his style a lot.”

Kelly Poon (NZ): “He improved my leading and advanced my following. Once you have one private lesson you’ll certainly be back for more because he is precise, observant, able to explain and show you ways to improve your dancing. His group classes are well structured and he pays attention to each student. He is a very strict teacher but patient, fun and encouraging. What I also like about Dante is that he is humble, has a genuine passion for Tango, huge respect for the old milongueros and shares all he knows with you. After three years of being his students, he has also become a friend and a mentor.”