BacHaka - the name is a combination of the Maori word
Kapahaka and the dance form Bachata.
The BacHaka Crew is a combined group of Kidz from Whanganui and Taumaranui New Zealand, later to be named the ‘Kidz of the ‘Nui'.
The routine originated from the shared works of Tony Lara and Daniela de Francesco and the BacHaka Crew of Chris Anderson, Ken Hudson, Bex Sloan, Brittany Sloan, Shannon Sloan, Lauren Cvitanovich, Holly McGinnis, Karena Tawhitapou and Sidney from Whanganui and Waverley and Zacchaeus Clark, Kawana Wallace, Temple Hattaway, Benjamin Leineweber, Lauren Gram and Stevie-Leigh Leineweber from Taumaranui in December 2008.
The routine evolved as the Kidz took ownership of the piece. The performance at the Sydney Salsa Congress in 2010 was the culmination of 12 months continual work. This also was to be the group's final performance together as BacHaka disbanded at the conclusion of the Congress.
BacHaka represented at the following festivals and congresses...
2009 New Zealand Pacific Salsa Congress, Wellington New Zealand
2009 Feet with Heat Showcase, Wellington New Zealand
2010 Sydney Salsa Congress, Sydney Australia