Olin Yoliztli - Regular Classes
Event Timing: Wednesdays, 18:00 - 19:45 hrs
Event Address: 48 Aro Street, Aro Valley, Wellington 6021
Contact us at info@olinyoliztli.com

*Regular classes include rehearsals for upcoming performances, please read carefully the class attendance policy below for more information. If you are completely new to these types of dances or have no experience in dance, we strongly recommend attending the beginner’s workshops prior to our regular classes, you can find more info in the following link: https://fb.me/e/2F8U5j9Cu

Welcome to Olin Yoliztli

Olin Yoliztli, which in native language Náhuatl means life and movement, is a non-for-profit group carried out by a passionate group of people, promoting the culture of Mexico through dances and music. The main purpose of the group is to create a community of people able to collectively share dances and music and organize events or participate in events as a contribution to create a vibrant environment full of culture in Aotearoa, New Zealand. 

It is a calpulli, a Náhuatl word that refers to a community based group, autonomous and which offers something to their surrounding community. It began in June 2020 not only sharing different dances from Mexico but inviting people to get to know these traditions from their origin, the meaning they have in their original context, the language and worldview of the peoples to which they belong and the subtle values within.  

Dance classes are offered weekly and as a dance team, we are constantly seeking to collaborate with many other groups like musicians or other dance groups. We also offer 3 introductory workshops throughout the year to help new participants that might be unfamiliar with these types of dances. 

Amongst these people, we regularly organize our own events open for the community like “Day of the Dead” and a “Posada as a Christmas Celebration”. We also sometimes offer different craft workshops to establish communication and get involved with the community of Wellington. Since we are the organizers for these events, some extra time from us would be required in order to prepare them. 

Apart from our performances, we are regularly involved in other events and festivals around the country which means we will have different activities through the whole year which might involve traveling and some extra rehearsals.  

We ask for a contribution of $10.00 NZD per dance class which can be paid prior to each class or a monthly payment of $30.00 NZD (which includes your 4 classes of the month). Introductory workshops are run on a koha basis. 

Olin Yoliztli is a non-profit organization that, like calpulli, has sustained itself thanks to the work and dedication of its members. The organization does not have the purpose of making a profit for a proprietor, member, or shareholder. The collected money from the attendants to dance classes or workshops and donations from the events we organize contribute to covering the costs involved in carrying out this work.

Thanks for your time and welcome!

Laura Vargas and Alfonso Velasco

Olin Yoliztli’s Directors

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Class fees are due at the beginning of each class. Each class is $10.00 NZD which can be paid per class or a monthly payment of $30.00 NZD which will include 4 classes per month. Workshops are run on a Koha basis. 

Payments can be made via internet banking, via our website or cash.

Account name: Olin Yoliztli
Account Number: 06-0606-0883178-00

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Code of Conduct

Our Code of conduct helps us collectively create a more welcoming, more fun, friendly, and safer environment for all to socialize and dance together. This code of conduct applies to all members and non-members of Olin Yoliztli.

We stand for equality of all kinds and aim to create classes, spaces and events that empower and excite people. We want you to have new experiences, learn new things, and meet new people. By enrolling into classes and events run by Olin Yoliztli, it is understood that you agree to the following:

  • This environment is for everyone

  • Respect and acknowledge gender considerations and differences, respect others regardless of gender identity, race, cultural diversity, ethnic origin, physical appearance, ability, sexual orientation, beliefs, religion, or other views.

  • Sexual harassment is not tolerated. We expect everyone to behave in a friendly and appropriate manner, and not to make others feel uncomfortable. Keep your hands and body movement to what is appropriate and required for the dance.

  • As classes, workshops and events organizers, we reserve the right to refuse entry to any person, and to remove from our classes and events, without refund, any person who violates our code of conduct or acts illegally.

  • Be kind. Treat others kindly and respectfully in your interactions both on and off the dance floor. No inappropriate, aggressive, or disrespectful behavior is tolerated.

  • Looking after each other

  • Please use your full range of senses to protect yourself and the rest of the community. Watch out for each other, both on and off the dance floor.

  • Deliberate inappropriate touch and/or boundary pushing will not be tolerated.

  • Show respect and care for the costumes, accessories, and facilities we share in classes or events. Tidy up after yourself and take care not to cause damage. Don’t handle any costumes, accessories, or equipment you haven’t been asked to touch. 

  • Unacceptable behavior

  • Under no circumstances smoke, consume alcohol or illegal drugs are permitted. You must not bring any illegal substances to the facilities where we run our classes, workshops, or events. If you are found doing so, we may expel you from the Facility and/or terminate your membership.

  • Do not engage in any activity that may damage our property.

  • Do not engage in criminal activity in our rehearsals, classes, or events.

  • Do not provide a false or misleading statement, declaration, or claim.

  • Neither use, nor allow the use of, Olin Yoliztli’s property, resources, information, intellectual property, or funds other than for authorized purposes

  • Personal responsibilities

  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your class and be prepared for class. Any member arriving late must wait until the exercise is finished before entering the class. Please enter the studio quickly and quietly so as not to disrupt the class.

  • Take care of your personal belongings. You are responsible for any items you bring to classes or events. Theft is not tolerated.

  • Maintain good personal hygiene. Brush your teeth, put on some deodorant, and wear clean clothes when you are coming to any of our classes or events.

  • Participants are solely responsible for their own well-being while undertaking classes, workshops and events and will only participate in classes, workshops and events at a level they are personally comfortable with.

  • Behave with integrity in all professional relationships e.g. within classes, rehearsals, public performances and events.

  • Uphold and enhance the standard and positive reputation of the group. Avoid any activities that may harm the reputation of our group, may or cause physical or mental harm of another person (such as verbal abuse, physical abuse, assault, sexual or racial harassment, bullying, safety of yourself and others).

If you need to raise anything with the team, please talk to the director. We will take your privacy seriously when addressing any concerns or issues. Olin Yoliztli will address code of conduct violations on a case-by-case basis. You may be warned, or if the offense is serious in nature we may ask you to leave immediately or not to return to future classes and events. If you are asked not to return due to your behavior, we will not offer refunds for any unredeemed credit.



Enrolment Policies & Procedures

Registration is required prior to class, please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to class start time, this enables time to complete registration, change shoes and have a catch up chat. 

By enrolling into a class, you agree to Olin Yoliztli´s Terms and Conditions.

Olin Yoliztli is a space to learn in – we reserve the right to ask any member who is disrupting the class to leave. Any issues regarding our teachers or classes may not be discussed before or during or after class with the teacher and must be written via email at: laura@olinyoliztli.com


The most regular income we could rely on is the money we get from the people attending classes on a regular basis and there is a lot of work behind the scenes to keep this project running. We are a non-for-profit group, what we collect from each class helps us to cover the cost of the rehearsal spaces, costumes, musical instruments and all the necessary equipment for performances or events. 

If you are interested in attending our classes but are in a difficult economic situation, notify us in writing and we can discuss further, we are happy to find other ways for you to contribute rather than money. 

Class fees are due at the beginning of each class. Each class is $10.00 NZD which can be paid per class or a monthly payment of $30.00 NZD which will include 4 classes per month. Workshops are run on a Koha basis. 

Payments can be made via internet banking, via our website or cash.

Account name: Olin Yoliztli

Account Number: 06-0606-0883178-00

Particulars: Your Name

Reference: Class / Workshop 

Please send us a copy of your transfer receipt to memberships@olinyoliztli.com or notify us on the Messenger chat when you have made any payment.

Class Attendance Policy

Regular class attendance is vital for members to develop and keep up with their syllabus work. members must be punctual to classes to ensure they receive a complete warm up. 

Dop-Ins are allowed although classes are built on sequential dance lessons. This means some content might be unfamiliar to participants who choose to drop in at random classes throughout the block. It is understood by the Drop-In participants that the facilitator might not reteach material covered in previous classes. 

We encourage you to be patient and enjoy the learning path, a commitment to most classes will certainly help you to learn these dances, but if you are completely new to these types of dances or have no experience in dance, we strongly recommend attending the beginner's workshops prior to our regular classes.

As a courtesy, please email memberships@olinyoliztli.com or contact us in our group chat prior to class beginning if you are going to be late or not able to attend your class.

Performance group

Performance group represents Olin Yoliztli at community and New Zealand-wide events. We are committed to provide appropriate opportunities for our members and we strive to make this a positive experience which aligns with our group values.

Those enrolled as performers, must commit to regular attendance at classes and rehearsals and be available for extra practices as called. They must show a commitment to the process and an ability to work as part of a team. We reserve the right to stand down any member who cannot fulfill the above criteria.

Photography & Videoing Policies

Photography or videoing by anyone other than Olin Yoliztli’s members in class is not permitted. 

Images or video footage of members may be used for marketing and website purposes. Please make the office aware if you do not wish to appear in any photos or videos.


Choreography  for classes and performances must not be copied or used without prior permission of Olin Yoliztli. Members are not permitted to perform choreography that was developed specifically for them by Olin Yoliztli’s teachers as a solo or as part of a team/group without prior permission.


Over the last 2 years, we have been making a big effort to cover the costs of different costumes from Mexico, Bolivia and Chile in order to give something back to the communities that have preserved the traditions and dances we are sharing here in New Zealand. 

We already have enough costumes for shared use and we will provide you the costumes and accessories for the performances. We kindly ask you to take care of them, please value the time of the people who make them, who spend time buying them and arranging delivery to NZ, and all the people that were part of the group in earlier days and contributed to make or bring all what we have now.

Please be aware that most of them can’t be replaced or bought here, the cost of all these items and specially freight costs, have been increasing drastically over the last years and we won’t be able to replace any of what we have for the same cost.


Olin Yoliztli maintains the right to dismiss any member who breaches any of the stated Term & Conditions, damages property or causes severe disruptions to any classes. This decision is at the discretion of the Group Directors. 

We ensure that the dance activities we lead are of detriment to the health, safety and well-being of participants and we encourage participants to take active responsibility for their own welfare, behavior, relationships and actions with others, setting clearly appropriate personal boundaries to ensure the integrity of their relationships and participate safely and happily.


As a community dance artist, you are expected to work and behave with integrity: being open, trustworthy, sincere and consistent in the way you conduct yourself and your work; following this through in your professional relationships and in undertaking your role in a responsible, thorough and accountable manner.


I have read and understand the information in this document, and I agree to follow the Code of Conduct during my time as member or Olin Yoliztli. 

I understand that if I am found conducting myself in a way that jeopardizes the health and safety of myself or others, or I breach any of the Rules and Conduct that causes a detrimental effect to the Group (or any of its instructors or other Members) I may be expelled from the Group and/or my membership may be terminated.

I confirm that I participate in the classes and events at my own sole risk and responsibility. I release, indemnify and hold harmless Olin Yoliztli, including its Directors from and against all actions or claims which I, or other parties on my behalf, may lodge arising out of an injury, loss, damage or death caused to myself or my property whether by negligence, breach of Agreement, or in any way whatsoever. 

I understand that I am solely responsible for my property, and the security of that property. I also agree that in the event I become injured or my property is damaged, I will bring no claim, legal or otherwise, against Olin Yoliztli in respect of that injury or damage.

I accept that I am responsible for any loss or damage caused by my use of the costumes, accessories and will contribute with an affordable amount of money to rectify these.

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Please notice that payments are due prior to class or at the beginning of the month before the class starts.  If paying via bank transfer, use the following as a reference:

Account name: Olin Yoliztli
Account Number: 06-0606-0883178-00

Particulars: Your Name
Reference: Class / Workshop

Please arrive with plenty of time if completing payments as a drop-in so the class can start on time.   
Bring a drink bottle and comfortable clothes. 

By filling in this form or attending Olin Yoliztli's classes/workshops/events you agree to the Code of Conduct, Terms & Conditions and Declaration. You can also find them in our website.

Any questions please email info@olinyoliztli.com 

We look forward to seeing you and dance together!

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