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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Summer Courses

4-day intensive Summer Courses! Enjoy your summer break and still get your dancefix! New courses every week, different styles, levels and new people! Try something new and get hooked! Summer courses are back! Check it out and register now!
Summer Courses

Salsa Courses

Learn to Salsa 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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Sensual Fridays

Sexy, Seductive and Sensual... all words that are synonymous with Latin dancing. So lets make it happen! Come check it out, you're gonna love it - SENSUAL FRIDAYS!
Sensual Fridays

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.
Gift Vouchers

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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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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Download Videos

From beginners to advanced, re-enforce your learning with instructional videos. Learn from the comfort of your home and in your own time. You can download or purchase a physical DVD through our online store.
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What's On @ Latinissimo!

4-day INTENSIVE: SALSA SHINES CHALLENGE (All lvls) Mon 22 Jan 7pm

4-day INTENSIVE: SALSA Beginners (L1) Mon 22 Jan 8pm

4-day INTENSIVE: SALSA BegPlus+ (L2) Mon 22 Jan 9pm

4-day INTENSIVE: KIZOMBA Improvers (L2) Mon 29 Jan 7pm

4-day INTENSIVE: SALSA Imp/Int (L3/4) Mon 29 Jan 8pm

4-day INTENSIVE: ZOUK Improvers (L2) Mon 29 Jan 9pm

SALSA 8wk Beginners (L1) Tue 13 Feb 7pm

SALSA 8wk BeginnersPLUS (L2) Tue 13 Feb 8pm

SALSA 8wk Improvers (L3) Tue 13 Feb 9pm

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...

  • Shines & Body Movement

    Shines & Body Movement

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

  • 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...

  • Kizomba


    Kizomba as a dance and music genre originates from the African country of Angola. The term...

  • Intensive summer courses

    Intensive summer courses

    Intensive Summer courses These courses run for 4 consecutive days, Monday to Thursday throughout...

  • Brazilian Zouk

    Brazilian Zouk

    You've probably heard of a dance called Lambada from the 80's. Brazilian Zouk actually evolved...

  • Wedding dance

    Wedding dance

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

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 28+ 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.

Intensive summer courses

Intensive Summer courses

These courses run for 4 consecutive days, Monday to Thursday throughout January!

Summer is the season when we want to get away and do different things all the time to make the most of summer! Therefore we thought, instead of committing to an 8 week course why not do an intensive 4-day course to get your dance fix, try different styles and still have the freedom to plan a week away here and there over summer! Plus it will be a quick and easy way to get you having fun on the dance floor in a short amount of time.

Salsa and Bachata courses will be taught by multiple national, international and World Salsa Champions - Giancarlo (& Masha, when available). Dharsh & Shantini from Studio 7 Latin Dance will teach the Zouk courses and Shane Day will take charge of the new dance craze, Kizomba. Courses will run from Monday through Thursday, one hour each class. Different styles, levels and specialty courses are available as listed below. Give it a try! Get yourself immersed with an intensive summer course - REGISTER TODAY!

Intensive Summer Courses Timetable Jan 2018
Next course Where Cost Register online

BodyMovement Open (Gian)
Mon 08-11 Jan 7:00pm

SalsaOn1 Beginners Level 1 (Gian)
Mon 08-11 Jan 8:00pm

Summer Bachata Level 1 (Gian)
Mon 08-11 Jan 9:00pm

Candy Lane Studios
44 Mt Eden Rd, Mt Eden

4-day course
Pre-register $85
OR $95 cash @ door


Zouk Level 1(Dharsh/Shantini)
Mon 15-18 Jan 7:00pm

Kizomba Level 1(Shane)
Mon 15-18 Jan 8:00pm

Bachata "Cool Moves" Open (Gian)
Mon 15-18 Jan 9:00pm

Candy Lane Studios
44 Mt Eden Rd, Mt Eden
4-day course
Pre-register $85
OR $95 cash @ door

Salsa Shines Challenge Open (Gian)
Mon 22-25 Jan 7:00pm

SalsaOn1 Beginners Level 1 (Gian)
Mon 22-25 Jan 8:00pm

SalsaOn1 BegPLUS Level 2 (Gian)
Mon 22-25 Jan 9:00pm

Candy Lane Studios
44 Mt Eden Rd, Mt Eden
4-day course
Pre-register $85
OR $95 cash @ door

Kizomba Level 2 (Shane)
Mon 29 Jan - 01 Feb 7:00pm

SalsaOn1 Imp/Int Level 3/4 (Gian)
Mon 29 Jan - 01 Feb 8:00pm

Zouk Level 2 (Dharsh/Shantini)
Mon 29 Jan - 01 Feb 9:00pm

Candy Lane Studios
44 Mt Eden Rd, Mt Eden
4-day course
Pre-register $85
OR $95 cash @ door
do them casually? No problem!
Candy Lane Studios
44 Mt Eden Rd, Mt Eden
Try a class OR casual
$25 cash only please @ door

Can I just try a class?

Of course you can! If you wish to simply try a class, just come along - no need to book! Just make sure you have cash ready for the particular class. Casual visits are $25/person/class. However, keep in mind by joining a courses you will get to know your fellow dancers better, build friendships and you get the best deal as well!

Brief course description

BODY MOVEMENT - NOTE: This is not a "styling" course where you learn how to do body rolls etc. This is about gaining understanding of the body mechanics in order to create fluidity when dancing and as result “execute” the movement rather than “doing” the movement. Styling can only be added once you understand body movement. Styling is the “cream, cherry and sprinkle” on top of the cake. Body movement is the cake - the base that is put together by different elements. This course is specifically tailored to go over many of the details we normally don't have enough time for in the regular courses. We will cover everything from head to toes. Head, shoulders, arms, hands, torso, hips, legs, knees, ankles, feet and toes. All of this falls under body movement as it is important to understand the relation from one to the other in order to understand coordination, weight transfer, isolations etc. These technical details are important to make your dancing smooth, simple, graceful and will lay the foundation to many of the courses.  More about Body Movement HERE

SALSA - Without a doubt the King of Latin dance styles! We will be focusing on salsa on1, which means our breaking step will be on the first count of the music. Gian will be conducting all salsa courses. For full info on salsa please click HERE

BACHATA - Extremely popular in the Auckland Latin dance scene due to the simple steps and sensual nature. Very easy to learn but still remains challenging for those who want to explore the trends of Bachata. Gian will be conducting all bachata courses. For full info on Bachata please click HERE

KIZOMBA - This style went viral in Europe a few years ago where there are now endless festivals and dance nights dedicated to Kizomba only. Most recently it made its way to the US and is skyrocketing in popularity. Why so incredibly poplular? Because it is perfect for anyone who wants to start partner dancing due to its softness and easy basic steps, allowing any novice to gradually evolve to more complex repertoire. More importantly, it allows a beginner to enjoy the pleasure of social dancing much earlier than any other type of partner dance. The music is simple and familiar to most people. The rhythm is very easy to pick up and easy identifiable. Come learn this dance craze which is growing more and more in popularity in Auckland. Our instructor Shane will be leading the Kizomba courses. More about Kizomba please click HERE

ZOUK - The ever popular, elegant and sensual Brazilian zouk dancing. Amazing music, fluid movement across the floor and beautiful to both dance and watch. The multiple zouk champions and experienced professional instructors Dharsh & Shantini from Studio 7 Latin Dance will introduce you to this dance and take you through all the important elements to explore zouk dancing further. For full info on Zouk please click HERE

SALSA SHINES - One of the key characteristics of Salsa dancing. This goes hand in hand with partnerwork. Salsa shines is when you dance on your own and create footwork patterns to complement your salsa dancing. Salsa shines are a huge element for anyone wanting to learn salsa. Reason being because it makes you focus on your own timing, rhythm, balance, coordination, weight transfer, directional change, technique and most importantly - hold your own on the dance floor! Join Gian for a fun Salsa Shines challenge open to all levels! For more info on salsa please click HERE

Hope to see you dancing real soon!


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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 Champions Giancarlo & Masha, 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 l 0210 29 90 667
  • Email us HERE
  • Candy Lane Studios, 44 Mt Eden Rd, Auckland

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