An Argentinian couple are turning a bit of logic on its head by learning tango in Napier, as the wedding dance for their wedding in Cordoba, Argentina in October.

Fernando Radlovasky, 34, and fiance Stefania Ruiz, 30, came to New Zealand three years ago to see Argentinian friends in Hawke's Bay, and never left.

The couple say they "fell in love" with New Zealand, and Ruiz said: "The peace of this place - it's very different."

They also don't plan staying away too long, not even for the as-yet unmapped honeymoon, and will return to Napier almost immediately after the wedding; Radlovasky works as a chef at the Cape Kidnappers lodge and Ruiz is an architect.


The tango tutorial is taking place in twice-weekly classes with bar and dance entrepreneur Joe Taylor in historic, century-old, earthquake-surviving premises on Napier's Marine Parade, now the home of the Hawke's Bay Latin Dance Club. Dancers will be able to put some of their new-found talents to the test at a Lady Larisa Latin for Lovers and Tango Night and Milonga dance party on Saturday.

The couple said that if they were still in Argentina they probably wouldn't have started learning the dance - as few as 2 per cent of the population do the tango.

They started learning after an encounter with tango during Art Deco festivities in Napier in February, and Ruiz said: "We want to dance tango, but it is not common in Argentina."

Saturday night's event at the club will feature singer Lady Larisa and Band with her Latin jazz fusion, and Viva Latin Dance Company from Wellington, billed as a prelude to the New Zealand Tango Festival in Wellington on July 3-9.