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2016

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Sensual Fridays

FRIDAY 05 & 12 October

A different concept to the Auckland salsa dance community SENSUAL FRIDAYS!

Lets gear down from the busy work week and start off the weekend with a cruisy and sensual pace. This is the night when we put aside all the hard core salsa dura and dominican bachata... and instead for a change, enjoy sensual Salsa, Zouk, Bachata and Kizomba tunes and connect with you dance partner.

Sexy, Seductive and Sensual... these are all words synonymous with Latin dancing, and this is also how people perceive Latin dancing. So lets make it happen! Come check it out, you're gonna love it!

Tell your friends, bring your friends or send your friends!

DATES: Friday 12 October
WHERE: MUDDY Farmer, 74 Wyndham Street, Auckland
CLASS: 9pm - $15
PARTY: 10pm - $8
UNTIL: 2:00am

NOTE: Please have CASH ready! No EFTPOS!

Class on Friday 05 October: "Sensual Bachata" with Gian

Class on Friday 12 October: "Sensual Bachata" with Gian

See you dancing real soon!

 


 

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3hr Salsa Boot Camp 4 Beginners

NEXT BOOTCAMP TBA

WHO IS IT FOR: This boot camp is specifically designed for those who may not be able to commit to weekly classes but still wish to learn this fun, exciting and social dance style called SALSA! It is suitable for complete beginners with no experience to salsa dancing and for those with some experience that wish to recap and brush up on the basics and fundamental partnerwork to join our regular weekly courses.

WHAT WE WILL COVER: You could go from being an absolute beginner to a seasoned beginner "salsero" in no time! We will be covering everything you need to know to get you on the dance floor with some easy and fun moves as quickly as possible. Learn the basics, explore the basics and see how much fun you will have with these simple yet exciting moves! We will also go over our structure for salsa dancing and give you some vital tips that makes life so much easier when partner dancing in general!

YOUR INSTRUCTORS: Come and learn from the most experienced and most successful Salsa dance professionals in New Zealand - Giancarlo & Masha from Latinissimo Dance Studios. With an exceptional long list of achievements such as multiple intenational and national Salsa Champions, semi-finalists on NZ's Got Talent, choreographers for "So You Think You Can Dance", representing NZ on stage on 5 continents at numerous events... to name a few, and 2016 World Professional Salsa Champions! They will share their knowledge and passion for fun salsa dancing with you!

NO PARTNER NECESSARY

NOTE: This boot camp has a different approach to our regular 8wk salsa courses due to its compressed format.

Receive a FREE INSTRUCTIONAL SALSA VIDEO download (90min) with your registration!

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If you have some salsa dance experience then this is your opportunity to recap and/or solidify the basics and get an introduction to Salsa level 2!

Your instructors for the day - Giancarlo & Masha

Recipe to our awesome SALSA!

  • 11:00pm: Basics & fundamentals (Preparing the main ingredients)
  • 12:00pm LUNCH BREAK
  • 12:30pm: Explore the basics, discover the possibilities by adding flavour to spice up your SALSA... and lets combine some of the basics to create new variations!
  • 2:00pm: Marinate for 30min (Practice)... and you have a beautiful SALSA to share with friends!
  • 2:30pm: DONE!

Its as simple as that! Anybody can do it with the correct guidance and instruction!

  • REGISTER ONLINE: $70 (includes FREE instructional video download valued @ $40)
  • REGISTER DOOR: $85 (includes FREE instructional video download valued @ $40)

Where: Empire Dance Studios, 2 Bond Street, Grey Lynn
When:  Next bootcamp TBA
Time:  11am - 2:30pm

 

REGISTER HERE!

 


 PAST EVENTS BELOW


 

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LADIES 3-hour CHOREOGRAPHY BOOTCAMP with MASHA

NEXT BOOTCAMP TBA

Join Masha on this Ladies 3-hour SALSA Choreography Bootcamp!

WHATS INVOLVED?: Join this fun and exciting choreography bootcamp with lots of flavor, styling and technique. Masha has put together an innovative, creative and fun choreography sequence that will not just challenge you as a dancer, but also teach you details that will benefit your general dancing. Of course all with Masha's personal and distinctive touch. You will learn a short piece of choreography which will include all sorts of elements for ladies such as arms, hips, footwork, turns/spins, head & hair flicks, isolations, hands and more. You will also cover techniques and drills in order to achieve a particular outcome. The choreography piece is in place in order for you to follow a set timing and routine.

ABOUT MASHA: Masha is 2016 World Professional Salsa Champion, multiple national and international salsa dance champion and has represented NZ at countless competitions and events across 5 continents and 6 different World Salsa competitions always placing in the top 4 in the world. More about Masha HERE

BEGINNERS WELCOME! This bootcamp is intended for all levels 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Please note it is not suitable for absolute beginners. You must have basic Salsa knowledge in order to take full advantage of this bootcamp.

  • 12:00pm: Intro, warm-up, choreography part 1 (90min)
  • 1:30pm LUNCH BREAK
  • 2:00pm: Recap part 1, choreography part 2 (90min)
  • 3:30pm: Q&A to finish off

WHEN: Next bootcamp TBA
TIME: 12pm - 3:30pm

REGISTER ONLINE: $125
REGISTER DOOR: $160

WHERE: Empire Dance Studios, 2 Bond Street, Grey Lynn

 

REGISTER HERE!

 


 

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Sensual Fridays - Kizomba edition

FRIDAY 09 March

Kizomba edition with the "Kizomba Guru" - Nelson Campos.

Gear down from the busy work week and start off the weekend with a cruisy and Sensual pace of KIZOMBA!

Nelson will be joining Gian to bring you and a special Kizomba edition of Sensual Fridays. There will also be some Bachata, Salsa and Zouk of course to get your dance fix. Nelson will be holding an Open level Kizomba workshop suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience. The workshop will give you an insight to the upcoming Kizomba Progressive Bootcamp over the weekend! EVERYBODY welcome!

Tell your friends, bring your friends or send your friends!

DATES: Friday 09 March
WHERE: MUDDY Farmer, 74 Wyndham Street, Auckland
WORKSHOP: 9pm - PREPAY $25 - DOOR $30
PARTY: 10pm - $8
UNTIL: 2:00am

NOTE: Please have CASH ready! No EFTPOS!

Workshop on Friday 09 Mar: "Kizomba" with special guest instructor Nelson Campos

 



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Progressive Kizomba Bootcamp with Nelson Campos

Friday 09 - Sunday 11 March

From Lisbon, Portugal - Nelson Campos has been the driving force behind many successful Kizomba teachers and dancers across the Kizomba dance community around the world. He is the teacher of teachers and one of the best and most experienced Kizomba instructor and performer.

He will be in Auckland running a progressive Kizomba Bootcamp over the weekend 9-11 March, 2018. Additionally, if you are a complete newcomer to Kizomba, he will be running an open level workshop at Sensual Fridays on the 9th March.

Kizomba Progressive BOOTCAMP content

  • Focusing more on details
  • Leading & Following technique
  • >> Leaders: Stability & balance for better leading
  • >> Followers: Posture and correct hand pressure for better following
  • >> Followers: Learn how to use the correct body isolation for better styling in Kizomba
  • Psychology of movement in dance
  • Space awareness on the dance floor
  • Listening to the music while dancing
  • Understanding your music (musicality)
  • Learn to understand your partners dancing level to apply appropriate moves and leading technique
  • Using simplicity and still executing cool steps
  • Learn to make your own combination
  • Understand the difference between traditional/fusion/urban Kizomba styles
  • Learn to make a fusion of styles
  • Kizomba history and evolution

NOTE: This bootcamp is not intended for absolute beginners. It is intended for those who are at Beginners to Intermediate level in any dance style (salsa, bachata, zouk) and/or who are already learning Kizomba. If you are an absolute beginner with no previous dance experience, please book a private lesson with your local instructor, enroll in a local course or try the Kizomba open level workshop at Sensual Fridays on 09 March.

BOOTCAMP SCHEDULE

FRIDAY 09 March

Kizomba Workshop with Nelson Campos 9:00pm

Open Level Workshop (1hr) ideal for beginners through to Intermediate.

Everybody welcome!

SATURDAY 10 March - Bootcamp Part 1 - INTRO to Kizomba

✪1:00pm - 2:30pm Beginner Fundamentals

  • Understanding timing
  • Basic moves part I
  • Hold & frame
  • Basic leading & following
  • Connection with partner and music

== 30min Break ==

✪ 3:00pm - 4:30pm Intermediate Part I

  • Cool & Smooth Kizomba moves
  • New & Fancy Saida variations
  • Learn to combine moves

SUNDAY 11 March - Bootcamp Part 2 - Exploring Kizomba

✪ 12:00pm - 1:00pm Beginners PLUS+

  • Leading & following
  • Basic moves part II
  • Fusing traditional and “Fusion” moves

== 15min Break ==

✪ 1:15pm - 2:15pm Intermediate II

  • Intermediate combination
  • Using Tarraxinha moves in Kizomba
  • Syncopated moves
  • Cool Kizomba tricks

== 30min Break ==

✪ 2:45pm - 3:45pm INTRO to Semba (WORKSHOP)

  • What is Semba
  • Semba basics ✪ Basic Semba moves
  • Understanding Semba music

WHERE: Empire Dance Studios (Baxter Dance) 2 Bond Street, Grey Lynn


PRICING

EARLY Rego Bootcamp: $130
DOOR Rego Bootcamp: $160

EARLY Intro Semba Workshop: $25
DOOR Intro Semba Workshop: $30
EARLY Open lvl Kizomba Workshop: $25
DOOR Open lvl Kizomba Workshop: $30

EARLY Bootcamp + Workshops: $170 (7hrs)
DOOR Bootcamp + Workshops: $190 (7hrs)

**NOTE** Cash Only please. Bootcamp classes cannot be done or sold separately as this is a progressive bootcamp.

CALL/TXT Gian 0210 2988164 to register or any info

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About Nelson Campos (Portugal)

From Lisbon, Portugal - Nelson Campos has been the driving force behind many successful Kizomba teachers and dancers across the Kizomba dance community around the world.

He is nicknamed the “KIZOMBA GURU” for a reason, being the teacher of teachers and one of the best and most experienced Kizomba instructor and performer around.

Nelson focuses on how to properly dance Kizomba, and understand leading/following and proper technique. This all leads to becoming a smooth and graceful Kizomba dancer.

Based in the UK since 1999, Nelson was born in the West African country of Guinea-Bissau and later moved to Lisbon, Portugal. He teaches all over the world sharing his Kizomba knowledge. He is very passionate, patient and approachable when teaching and ensures his classes are energetic and full of fun.

Nelson also teaches Semba, Salsa on1, Afro-Moves and Bachata. Qualified as a professional dance teacher with prestigious dance organizations such as UKA (United Kingdom Alliance of Professional Teachers of Dancing and Kindred Arts) and licensed adjudicator by the BDC (British Dance Council). Nelson is also the creator of the worlds first Kizomba instructional DVD series I, II, III & IV.

 


 

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Sensual Sundays - Outdoors!

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Outdoors on the terrace with wooden floors! SENSUAL SUNDAYS!

**ATTENTION** This event is weather dependant. If you have been wanting to have an outdoor summer venue for Latin dancing - come show your support! Join us for a drink and and some delicious food!

Sunday afternoon = time to chill Latin style! Bachata, Salsa, Zouk and Kizomba tunes hosted by Gian on the decks! Sexy, Seductive and Sensual... these are all words synonymous with Latin dancing, and this is also how people perceive Latin dancing. So lets make it happen! Come check it out, you're gonna love it!

Learn some cool moves and join the class: Bachata dancing with Gian from Latinissimo Dance Studios. Beginners WELCOME!

Tell your friends, bring your friends or send your friends!

DATES: TBA
WHERE: TBA
CLASS: 4:00pm - $15
PARTY: 5:00pm - $5
UNTIL: 8:00pm

NOTE: Please have CASH ready! No EFTPOS!

Class to be TBA "Sensual Bachata" with Gian

See you dancing real soon!

 


 

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Sensual Saturdays - Zouk edition

Returns soon

ZOUK edition!

Let's gear down from the busy work week and start off the weekend with the cruisy and sensual pace of ZOUK!

Latinissimo Dance together with Studio 7 Latin Dance bring you and awesome night of Zouk dancing with a splash of Bachata, Kizomba and Salsa to get your dance fix. Dharsh & Shantini will be holding an Open level Zouk workshop sutiable for beginners as well as those with some experience. EVERYBODY welcome!

Gian will be playing some awesome zouk remixes as well as "zoukable" tunes! Come check it out, you're gonna love it!

Tell your friends, bring your friends or send your friends!

WHEN: Returns soon
WHERE: Mount Albert Rugby League Club, Fowlds Park, Western Springs Rd, Mount Albert, Auckland
WORKSHOP: 8pm - $15
PARTY: 9pm - $10
UNTIL: 1:00am

NOTE: Please have CASH ready! No EFTPOS!

Workshop: Zouk with Dharsh & Shantini from Studio 7 Latin Dance.

See you dancing real soon!

 


 

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Daniel & Desiree World Bachata Team Project Info- Auckland

THURSDAY 21 September, 2017 @ 9pm

STARTS IN OCTOBER! Latinissimo Dance New Zealand brings you Daniel & Desiree's World Bachata Team Project to Auckland! This is a great opportunity, to learn a choreography from the world's most famous Sensual Bachata Couple! Master their style, techniques and meet them 23 - 25 February 2018 in Sydney for the Sensual Bachata weekend - featuring Daniel & Desiree.

This is first an info meeting to discuss choreography details, rehearsal days, times and goals along the way.

EVERYBODY is WELCOME! Newcomers and experienced bachata dancers - All levels are welcome to join! You will learn a Sensual Bachata choreography by Daniel & Desiree lead by World Professional Salsa champions Giancarlo & Masha.

There is NO COMMITMENT by coming to this info meeting. No partner is necessary. All choreography/project details will be discussed at the info meeting.

Where: Candy Lane Dance Studios, 44 Mt Eden Road, Mount Eden
When: Thursday 21 September
Time: 9:00pm

See you dancing real soon!

 

REGISTER INTEREST!

 


 

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★90min LADIES SALSA WORKSHOP with MASHA

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Join Masha on this 90min Ladies SALSA Workshop!

WHATS INVOLVED?: Masha will go over hip movement (cuban motion/figure 8), body movement, coordination, fluidity and sensuality in arms and hands in relation to the body, hips and basic steps. How to use the floor to create fluidity in your basic and how to create "light & shade" to visually demonstrate the "quick-quick-slow" rhythm. When suitable she will also go over technique for turns, head & hair flicks, isolations and more. On top of this, expect an innovative, creative and fun drill sequence to put it all in practice with Masha's personal and distinctive touch.

ABOUT MASHA: Masha is 2016 World Professional Salsa Champion, multiple national and international salsa dance champion and has represented NZ at countless competitions and events across 5 continents and 6 different World Salsa competitions always placing in the top 4 in the world. More about Masha HERE

BEGINNERS WELCOME! This workshop is intended for salsa levels 1-3. Please note it is not suitable for absolute beginners. You must have basic Salsa knowledge in order to take full advantage of this workshop.

REGISTER ONLINE: $35

REGISTER DOOR: $45 CASH ONLY

WHERE: TBA

 

REGISTER HERE!

 


 

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3hr SENSUAL BACHATA BOOTCAMP

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SENSUAL BACHATA: Bachata dancing originated in the Dominican Republic and remains intact in many ways. Around the world many have taken on to evolve it to "Modern Bachata" or "Sensual Bachata". Sensual Bachata originated in Spain and its popularity has exploded all over the world in the last few years. Why?

  1. Bachata is very, very easy to learn!
  2. Lots of mainstream music is being remixed to Bachata versions
  3. People associate with the new Bachata remixes

WHY "SENSUAL"?: Just like anything else, evolution has pushed the limits of bachata dancing with DJs remixing popular RnB and pop songs making bachata remixes and big Bachata artists collaborating with mainstream artists to push Bachata into mainstream music. These new bachata remixes and songs have stepped away a touch from traditional Bachata music giving it a more modern sound which include "peaks" and "valleys" in the music. As result, dancers have responded with creativity and taken influence from other dance styles to evolve the dance in order to illustrate the music and make it visual using body rolls, body isolations, head movements, dips, drops and much more! Its simple evolution while maintaining the basics in the dance and the sound in the music.

IN NEW ZEALAND: Bachata has been around for a while, no question about that. However, "Sensual" bachata is still young but definitely catching on and gaining popularity in Auckland with more and more dancers discovering and learning this "style" or way of interpreting the "other" side of Bachata. Y

YOUR INSTRUCTORS: Giancarlo'n Masha Latinissimo from Latinissimo Dance New Zealand will lead this 3hr Bachata BootCamp in 2 parts:

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PART 1 - (90min)

  • 12:00pm - FUNDAMENTALS
  • Basics
  • Partnerwork (lead and follow moves) appropriate for Beginners
  • Body movement + isolation 1:30pm

BREAK (practice time, lunch etc)

PART 2 - (90min)

  • 2:00pm - Explore Sensual Bachata with "COOL MOVES"
  • Exploring Bachata partnerwork using fundamentals from part 1
  • Exploring Bachata dips/tricks for the social dance floor to really enhance your dance in an easy and safe way

3:30pm - FINISH

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  • PART 1 - REGISTER ONLINE: $35
  • PART 1 - REGISTER DOOR: $40
  • PART 2 - REGISTER ONLINE: $35
  • PART 2 - REGISTER DOOR:$40
  • FULL BOOTCAMP - ONLINE: 65
  • FULL BOOTCAMP - DOOR: $75

 

  • Where: TBA
  • Address: TBA
  • When: TBA
  • Time: 12pm - 3:30pm

 

REGISTER HERE!

 


 

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★90min LADIES BACHATA WORKSHOP with MASHA

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Join Masha on this 90min Ladies SALSA Workshop!

WHATS INVOLVED?: Masha will focus on Modern/Sensual Bachata body isolations, hip movement, various body rolls, safe execution, some musicality and how & where to accent your Bachata dancing in this fun and flirty workshop. On top of this, expect an innovative, creative and fun drill sequence to put it all in practice with Masha's personal and distinctive touch.

ABOUT MASHA: Masha is 2016 World Professional Salsa Champion, multiple national and international salsa dance champion and has represented NZ at countless competitions and events across 5 continents and 6 different World Salsa competitions always placing in the top 4 in the world. More about Masha HERE

BEGINNERS WELCOME! This workshop is intended for salsa levels 1-3. Please note it is not suitable for absolute beginners. You must have basic Bachata knowledge in order to take full advantage of this workshop.

REGISTER ONLINE:

REGISTER DOOR:

WHERE: TBA

 

REGISTER HERE!

 


 

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MENS SALSA SHINES CHOREOGRPAHY with GIAN!

 

Join Giancarlo on a 10 session Mens Salsa Shines Choreography course! This first session is a TRIAL session for you to come check it out, with NO COMMITMENT.

WHATS INVOLVED?

The trial session is a one-off Sunday only. Starting on Monday 08 August will be when the actual rehearsals will start 2x per week! Following session will be on Thursday 11 Aug. The trial session will be part of the 10 sessions as it will cover the actual choreography piece in mind. Gian will do an energetic, cool and fun Salsa shines choreography for the boys... and if any girls want to try it out, you are most welcome to join too!

Gian will cover everything from technique, footwork, turns, timing, body movement and more!

ALL LEVELS WELCOME! However, you must have basic Salsa knowledge in order to take full advantage of this... and you've gotta be willing to put in the work. There is no pressure of performing and no additional costs! You can simply see it as a challenge to try something new and different. For those who have seen or Gian's mens salsa shines before, you know what to expect!

COST:

COURSE FEE:

NOTE: Minimum 8 full registrations one (1) day PRIOR to commencement day must be received for this to go ahead.

WHEN:
WHERE:
TIME:
COST: $20 for trial session, (like a casual class) REGISTER ONLINE!

 

REGISTER HERE!

 


 

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LADIES BACHATA TEAM TRIAL with Denisse!

 

Denisse arrived to NZ shores earlier this year from Guadalajara, Mexico. She is an experienced dance instructor specializing in Bachata, Jazz and other Latin rhythms.

Denisse was the director and nutritional consultant at her own dance studio "Latino Fusion Studio" in Mexico. She has performed and competed at some of the most prestigious and most recognized Bachata festivals in Mexico and the US, such as;

  • 2016 Reno Latin Dance Fest, Reno, Nevada USA Bachata Team Peformance with Deja Vu Dance Co.
  • 2015 International Bachata Congress, Guadalajara, Mexico, 1st place Bachata Teams
  • 2015 Unique Divas Fest, Guadalajara, Mexico, 3rd place Bachata Ladies Shines
  • 2015 Salsa y Timba Fest, Cozumel, Mexico, Bachata Competition
  • 2015 Euroson Latino, Puebla, Mexico, Bachata Performance

Denisse brings huge amounts of Latin flavour and pazzas to her Bachata and will be directing this upcoming Ladies BACHATA SHINES TEAM that you have got to try out!!

★ALL LEVEL ARE WELCOME!★ However, you do need to know the bachata basics. Better yet, come meet Denisse, **TRY OUT A CLASS** and get a taste of her style and charisma. Also learn all the details about whats involved when joining Denisse' Team. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

The aim for this team is to perform and compete at the end of the year. Don't worry, we will inform you about everything that is involved so there are no surprises down the road!

All questions about cost, times, goals etc will be discussed at the trial as we are still confirming the main details. However, we can definitely confirm that rehearsal will be 2x per week - one during the week (evening) and another on the weekend (around midday).

WHEN:
WHERE:
TIME:
COST:

 

REGISTER HERE!

 


 


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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