Welcome to Latinissimo

Home to New Zealand's only World Amateur & Professional Salsa Champions! We offers classes and courses for everyone from beginners to advanced dancers. Meet new people, make new friends, de-stress and learn new skills all while having lots of fun! Join us today and add some dancing to your life!
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Courses & Classes

Learn to Latin dance with professional and experienced World Salsa Champion instructors! Step-by-step syllabus, fun and easy to follow curriculum! From absolute beginners to advanced levels. Performance teams also available!
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Salsa On1 Vs. On2

Salsa On1 Vs. On2. It's not a switch - It's a new skill! It's a whole new musical experience! In this workshop Gian will break down the main difference between On1/On2 and understanding the On2 timing by listening to the instrumentation. Special guest, musician Fidel Pimentel.
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Wynyard Latin Nights

Latin Nights with upbeat and sexy Salsa, Bachata, fun Cha Cha Cha, funky Boogaloo and more @ Wynyard Pavilion right on Auckland Wharf! Join us for an awesome dance night!
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Private Lessons

Private lessons are excellent for those looking for personal attention to fast track their dancing or those who cannot commit to weekly classes. Lessons are available for social dancing, performance coaching, competition coaching, wedding dance, choreography and more.
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Gift Vouchers

Give the gift of dance! $25 value | $50 value | $85 value | $140 value. Can be used to towards any classes, courses, private lessons or any other service. Must be used within 12 weeks from date of purchase. T&C's apply.
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Performance Teams

Make the most out of your dancing experience and join a student performance team! Teams are available for all levels, from beginners wanting to experience performance for the first time to advanced dancers with more performance experience. You could be and be on a local, national or international stage.
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Wedding Dance

"If there is one thing our guests remember from our wedding, it would be our wedding dance! Three years on and people still remember it and talk about it with excitement... Thank you Gian & Masha!" - Andrey & Anya
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What's Happening @ Latinissimo!

4wk BACHATA Shines (Open) Wed 04 Aug 7:30pm

4wk MAMBO Shines (Open) Mon 16 Aug 7:30pm

8wk SALSA Beginners (L1) Tue 17 Aug 6:30pm

8wk SALSA Improvers (L2) Tue 17 Aug 7:45pm << NEW TIME!

8wk BACHATA Beginners (L1) Thu 26 Aug 6:30pm

8wk BACHATA Int. (L2) Thu 26 Aug 7:45pm << NEW TIME!

Wynyard Latin Nights! Next party date TBC



Dance Classes

  • Salsa

    Salsa "On1"

    Salsa is the most popular of all Latin dances! Its the perfect way to get fit, meet a whole bunch...

  • Salsa

    Salsa "On2"

    When Swing and Cuban music came together it created a fascinating rhythm and in turn created a new...

  • Bachata


    Bachata is a smooth and sexy partner dance originating from the Caribbean region, more...

  • Private Lessons

    Private Lessons

    Private lessons are suitable for those wanting personal attention to their dancing. Lessons are...

  • Shines & Body Movement

    Shines & Body Movement

    Salsa Shines is one of the key characteristics of Salsa dancing and is a complementing part of salsa...

  • Wedding dance

    Wedding dance

    At Latinissimo we have had the pleasure of teaching many couples that very special first dance for...

  • Ladies Styling

    Ladies Styling

    Ladies Styling are solo classes. Here you focus primarily on body awareness, coordination, timing,...

  • Performance Teams

    Performance Teams

    The first Team Latinissimo was formed in 2006. It marked the beginning of the first salsa dance...

Most Common FAQs

What Level To Join?

Since Latinissimo's inauguration in 2003, we have had 1000's of students come through our doors wanting to learn to dance, have fun, meet new people and learn new skills.

Do I need a partner?


Not at all, we rotate partners throughout the class so everybody gets to dance with everybody. We do our best to ensure an even enough ratio. However, keep in mind Read more...

What do I wear to the classes?

what to wear

We recommend anything from casual attire to gym or dance wear. As for shoes, a pair that is snug on your feet and will keep your heel and ankle in place is the best option. Read more...

Where do I park?


Parking is available on New North Road, Bond Street and parallel streets around Empire Studios. Read more...

Can I film the class?

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We ask that you do not video the class or the instructors, however you may video yourself doing the steps or turn pattern for your own reference Read more...

Why should I choose Latinissimo?

why latinissimo

Latinissimo Dance principal instructor and director, Giancarlo has 17 years of professional teaching experience. He developed his own curriculum and syllabus from the very beginning which helped transform the salsa development in New Zealand Read more...


1st Place 2016 World Salsa Championships (HK)
Hong Kong, PRC After a disappointing 4th place at the World Salsa Summit earlier this year in February. Giancarlo & Masha were determined even more so to dance to their full potential in a competition environment. The annual World Salsa Championships in Hong Kong was in their sight.
4th Place 2016 World Salsa Summit
Miami, Florida USA After last years unfortunate predicament, Masha got very sick and was unable to participate in the 2015 World Salsa Summit. This year Giancarlo & Masha returned to the World Salsa Summit & Global Salsa...
Choreographers on Pop TV in Slovenia
Ljubljana, Slovenia Giancarlo & Masha had the honour to choreograph the group dance for the grand finale of the popular TV show "Popolna Poroka" (Perfect Wedding) on Slovenian TV channel POP TV.
3rd Place 2014 World Salsa Summit
Miami, Florida USA Giancarlo & Masha were the only couple representing New Zealand at the World Salsa Summit & Global Salsa Championships...
1st Place @ Int'l & Australia Salsa Solo
Brisbane, Australia Over the weekend 29 November - 01 December 2013, the Australia & International Salsa Solo Championships took place in sunny Brisbane (Queensland), Australia.
4th Place @ World DanceSport Games
Kaohsiung, Taiwan Giancarlo & Masha were sole New Zealand representatives @ the World Dance Sport Games in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

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About Latinissimo

Latinissimo was first founded in Melbourne, Australia in 2003 specializing in street Latin dance. 2005 Latinissimo relocated to Auckland, New Zealand.

Directed by World Salsa Champion Giancarlo, Latinissimo as a school has performed, taught and competed across 4 continents, are multiple international and national champions and have produced two World Amateur Salsa Champions.

  • Latinissimo Dance New Zealand
  • 0210 29 88 164
  • Email us HERE
  • Empire Dance Studios, 2 Bond St, Auckland

Auckland Grey Lynn

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Bachata Shines Wednesday 04 Aug @ 7:30pm
Mambo Shines Monday 16 Aug @ 7:30pm
Salsa L1 Tuesday 17 Aug @ 6:30pm
Salsa L2 Tuesday 17 Aug @ 7:45pm
Bachata L1 Thursday 26 Aug @ 6:30pm
Bachata L2 Thursday 26 Aug @ 7:45pm