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.

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?

Salsa Solo means dancers are not required to have dance partners. Infact, the rules do not allow it at this competition. Instead the dancing is focused on what is called Salsa Shines which is footwork, body movement, arms, hips and more. Of course there are other criteria as well. Learn more about Salsa Shines here.

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!

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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

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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 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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Course update Feb27 2021

Due to Auckland going into Alert level 3 from Sunday 28 February 6:00am
for the next 7 days - all courses and any lessons are postponed during this time.
During Alert level 2, SHINES courses can resume.
During Alert level 1 PARTNER courses can resume.

- Bachata L1 Monday 01 March @ 6:30pm (postponed)
- Mambo Shines Monday 08 March @ 7:30pm (resumes 08 Mar)

- Salsa L1 Tuesday 02 March @ 6:30pm (postponed)
- Salsa L2 Tuesday 02 March @ 7:30pm (postponed)

- Wednesday 10 March @ 7:30pm (resumes 10 Mar)

- Bachata L1 Thursday 04 March @ 6:30pm (postponed) 
- Bachata L2 Thursday 04 March @ 7:30pm (postponed) 
Salsa L1 Thursday 04 March @ 8:30pm (postponed)

We will update the website as we get news of any changes from the goverment.
Stay safe, take care and we'll see you dancing real soon!