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★Summer Latin Fiesta

Sunday 06 December, 2020

1Q9A0490 2Join us for our end of year SUMMER LATIN FIESTA!

Bring your friends, tell your friends or send a friend! Maybe you are new to Latin dancing, no problem! We'll have a beginner friendly class to get you started on the dance floor, there will be "animations", which are fun, easy, upbeat and catchy follow-along dance routines and Dance bingo!

✪ WHEN: Sunday 06 December
✪ WHERE: Wynyard Pavilion, 17 Jellicoe Street, Auckland CBD
✪ TIME: Dinner & Drinks @ 5:30pm
✪ WHAT: 2-course set menu dinner - vegetarian option available (vegan on request) - see menu below
✪ DANCE CLASS: Yes, after dinner
✪ DJ, DANCE & ENTERTAINMENT: Straight after the class - Your favourite Salsa, Bachata, Mambo, Cha Cha with a splash of Kizomba, Zouk and other goodies
✪ UNTIL: You get tired!
✪ DRESS: Ladies “summer” cocktail - Men “summer” sharp

✪ COST: $55/person until 01 December
✪ COST: $65/person after 01 December
(cash bar available)


ENTREE (choose from)

  • Chicken Liver Parfait (Port wine jelly, brioche gf)
  • Salt & Pepper Squid (Capsicum pure, coriander, lemon gf)
  • Burrata (Spring peas, mint Waiheke olive oil, Dusty Apron breads v/gf)

MAIN (choose from) Comes with shared salads & fries for the table

  • Free Range Chicken Parmigiana (Prosciutto, Fior di latte, fresh basil)
  • Braised Beef Short Rib (Truffled polenta, baby beets, beetroot relish, jus gf)
  • Whole Flounder (Green beans, almonds, brown butter gf)
  • Grilled Halloumi & Quinoa Salad (Baby beets, kale, cherry tomatoes, herbs, pomegranate dressing v/gf)

ABOUT THE VENUE: Wynyard Pavilion is an eatery and cocktails bar located on the wharf with divine food and an exquisite variety of drinks. We will have exclusive access to the sun drenched and open-air garden that catches the last of the afternoon sun. It features smooth concrete floors, retractable roof+sides, bar learners and seating. 


Wynyard Pavilion Website >>

Video of the venue >>



IMPORTANT: Please RSVP and arrange booking/payment as soon as possible.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text/call us on 0210 2988164 for any questions.

Hope to see you dancing real soon!



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★FREE TRIAL >> Bachata & Salsa Classes!

Monday 03 February, 2020

Join us for a FREE TRIAL!

WHATS INVOLVED?: Join this fun and exciting FREE TRIAL of Bachata & Salsa! Gian will give you a taste of the upcoming courses! Come check it out, try it out, you have nothing to loose but only gain from this opportunity! There's no obligation.

ABOUT GIAN: Gian has been a professional dance instructor since 2003 and has taught 1000's of people to Latin dance! With a wealth of experience and knowledge, he'll make sure you learn in a progressive, structured, easy and most importantly fun way. After all, this is about having fun! He is also a Multiple international Salsa Champion, World Professional Salsa Champion, just to mention a few, and been featured in various TV shows such as Dancing With The Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, NZ's Got Talent, Good Morning Show and more! Learn more about Gian HERE

WHEN: Tuesday 03 February, 2020
TIME: 7pm - 10pm

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




Sensual Fridays

FRIDAY 10 January

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, all words synonymous with Latin dancing and 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 10 January
WHERE: MUDDY Farmer, 74 Wyndham Street, Auckland
CLASS: 9pm - $10
PARTY: 10pm - $8
UNTIL: 2:00am

NOTE: Please have CASH ready! No EFTPOS!

Class on Friday 10 Jan: "Sensual Bachata" with Gian

See you dancing real soon!



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★FREE TRIAL >> LADIES Salsa & Bachata Performance Teams with Izadora

Wednesday 05 June, 2019

Join Izadora for a FREE TRIAL!

WHATS INVOLVED?: Join this fun and exciting FREE TRIAL of flavor, styling and technique. Izadora will give you a taste of her upcoming Ladies only performance teams. You will also learn all the details about this project. Come check it out, try it out, you have nothing to loose but only gain from this opportunity! There's no obligation.

ABOUT IZADORA: Originally from Brazil, Izadora has been a Christchurch resident up until ealier this year when she moved to Auckland. She has trained with some of the most respected Salsa dancers in the world, represented NZ at various competitions around Australasia and also been an assistant instructor at Christchurch's biggest Salsa dance school - Salsa Latina.

BEGINNERS WELCOME! All levels are welcome to the trial!

WHEN: Wednesday 05 June, 2019
TIME: 8pm - 10pm

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

Any questions, just send us a text or call 02102988164



3hr Salsa Boot Camp 4 Beginners


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 one of the most experienced and most successful Salsa dance professional in New Zealand - Giancarlo from Latinissimo Dance. With an exceptional long list of achievements such as multiple intenational and national Salsa Champion, semi-finalist on NZ's Got Talent, choreographer for "So You Think You Can Dance", representing NZ on stage across 5 continents at numerous events... to name a few, and 2016 World Professional Salsa Champion! He will share his knowledge and passion for fun salsa dancing with you!


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


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 instructor for the day - Giancarlo

Recipe to our awesome SALSA!

  • 10:30pm: Complete breakdown of basics & fundamentals of Salsa/Mambo "on2" (Preparing the main ingredients)
  • 12:00pm LUNCH BREAK
  • 12:30pm: Explore the basics, add 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: Bachata basics & Fundamentals!
  • 4:00pm: Exploring Modern bachata with Sensual elements
  • 5:30pm: Practice
  • 6:00pm: Finish

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


Where: Empire Dance Studios, 2 Bond Street, Grey Lynn
When: TBA
Time: 11am - 3:00pm








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


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





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


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.


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


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


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.



Sensual Sundays - Outdoors!


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!

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!



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!



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!

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!






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 will lead this 3hr Bachata BootCamp in 2 parts:


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




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





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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.


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!



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

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



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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Salsa L1 Tuesday 20 April @ 6:30pm
Salsa L2 Tuesday 20 April @ 7:30pm
Bachata L1 Thursday 22 April @ 6:30pm
Bachata L2 Thursday 22 April @ 7:30pm
Bachata Shines Wednesday 28 April @ 7:30pm
Mambo Shines Monday 03 May @ 7:30pm