Over the weekend 29 November - 01 December 2013, the Australia & International Salsa Solo Championships took place in sunny Brisbane (Queensland), Australia.
Latinissimo's Salsa Ladies A-Team were the New Zealand representatives as the team had already qualified for this competition when taking out 1st place at the New Zealand Salsa Solo Competition back in August that same year. This was the first ladies shines team to represent Latinissimo at this prestigious and growing competition.
Although the majority of the team members are Amateur dancers, the Team entered the Semi-Professional Team category as one of the dancer in the team (Tania Mason) is under the current Salsa Solo regulations considered semi-professional. This means that it is a dancer who receives up to a certain amount of monetary compensation for dancing or teaching salsa dancing.
What does Salsa Solo Mean?
The girls have been working hard on their routine since June and have now gathered 2 national titles and 1 international title since their first competition 4 months ago!
- August 2013 - 1st place @ NZ Salsa Solo Competition Salsa Shines Team Champions
- November 2013 - 1st place NZ Salsa Championships Salsa Shines Team Champions
- November 2013 - 1st place AU & INT'L Salsa Solo Championships Semi-Pro Team Champions
All of us at Latinissimo Dance Studios are very proud of all the lovely ladies who represented Latinissimo at the competitions above. We look forward to more!
2013 Ladies A-Team members
The team members who where personally hand picked by Latinissimo director and choreographer Masha Johansson are the following;
- Tania Mason
- Tracy Templeton
- Sharon Middleton
- Renee Hamilton
- Brenday Liu
- Mitelene Enslin
- Mai Dalhberg