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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FREE Trial Classes

Come and try our Salsa & Bachata classes! Complete beginners are most welcome! Just register below and you're done!
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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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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!

FREE ONLINE SALSA Shines Challenge (L2/3) Mon 30 Mar 6pm

FREE ONLINE BACHATA Shines Challenge (L2/3) Mon 30 Mar 7pm

FREE ONLINE SALSA/BACHATA Partnerwork (L1) Mon 30 Mar 8pm

ONLINE 4wk SALSA Beginners Partnerwork (L1) Tue 31 Mar 6pm

ONLINE 4wk SALSA Shines (L2/3) Tue 31 Mar 7pm

ONLINE 4wk BACHATA Beginners Partnerwork (L1) Thu 02 Apr 6pm

ONLINE 4wk BACHATA Shines (L2/3) Thu 02 Apr 7pm

SALSA 8wk Beginners (L1) Tue 31 Mar 7:15pm (Postponed)

SALSA 8wk BegPlus (L2) Tue 31 Mar 8:15pm (Postponed)

SALSA 8wk Imporvers (L3) Tue 31 Mar 9:15pm (Postponed)

SALSA 8wk Beginners (L1) Wed 08 Apr 8:30pm (Postponed)

BACHATA 8wk Beginners (L1) Thu 16 Apr 7pm (Postponed)

BACHATA Sensual 8wk Imp (L2) Thu 16 Apr 8pm (Postponed)

BACHATA Sensual 8wk Int (L3) Thu 16 Apr 9pm (Postponed)

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...

  • Intensive summer courses

    Intensive summer courses

    Intensive Summer courses The intensive Summer Courses run for 4 consecutive days, Monday through...

  • 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,...

Most Common FAQs

8 week courses

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?

mercator parking

There is metered parking around the studio on Mt Eden road, and right in front of the building too. Come early and get 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 Studios (LDS) instructors and directors, Giancarlo & Masha have over 30+ years of teaching experience. They developed their own curriculum and syllabus which transformed 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.

Sponsors & Partners

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
  • Candy Lane Studios, 44 Mt Eden Rd, Auckland
  • Empire Dance Studios, 2 Bond St, Auckland

Auckland Mt Eden

Auckland Grey Lynn

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LIVE online streaming classes starting Monday 30 March, 2020.

  • 6pm - FREE Salsa Shines (L2/3)
  • 7pm - FREE Bachata Shines (L2/3)
  • 8pm - FREE Salsa & Bachata Beginners Partnerwork (L1)

shines challenge march 2020

To join and view the upcoming FREE Live streaming Salsa & Bachata shines classes, you must join the Latinissimo Dance Channel Facebook group.


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salsa bachata shines march 2020


bodymovement april 2020


The 4-week courses will be taught via Zoom

Live Stream Timetable
Next course Where Cost Register online
Salsa Shines Challenge
Mon 30 Mar @ 6:00pm
Live streaming online logo 200px FREE TRIAL Join
Latinissimo Dance Channel
on Facebook to view
Bachata Shines Challenge
Mon 30 Mar @ 7:00pm
Live streaming online logo 200px FREE TRIAL Join
Latinissimo Dance Channel
on Facebook to view
Salsa & Bachata
Beginners Partnerwork

Mon 30 Mar @ 8:00pm
Live streaming online logo 200px FREE TRIAL Join
Latinissimo Dance Channel
on Facebook to view
Salsa Beg Partners (L1)
Tue 31 Mar @ 6:00pm
Live streaming online logo 200px 4 week course
Special $49
(Normally $140)
Salsa Shines Solo (L2/3)
Tue 31 Mar @ 7:00pm
Live streaming online logo 200px 4 week course
Special $49
(Normally $85)
Bachata Beg Partners (L1)
Thu 02 Apr @ 6:00pm
Live streaming online logo 200px 4 week course
Special $49
(Normally $140)
Bachata Shines Solo (L2/3)
Thu 02 Apr @ 7:00pm
Live streaming online logo 200px 4 week course
Special $49
(Normally $85)
Body Movement
Technique (All levels)
Sun 05 Apr @ 5:00pm
Live streaming online logo 200px 4 week course
Special $49
(Normally $85)

 WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? >> Once you have registered and your payment has been received, you will receive a link to a Zoom meeting. You follow the link and it will take you straight to the live stream.

IMPORTANT! Make sure you put correct details when registering. All correspondance will be sent to the email address you provide.

Please allow some time for the link to come through as all registrations will be processed manually for the time being.