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What We Do


  • 2016 1st place World Salsa Championships
    2016 3rd runner up World Salsa Summit
    2014 2nd runner up World Salsa Summit
    2013 3rd runner up World Dance Sport Games
    2013 1st runner up US Salsa Open Championships
    2012 1st runner up World Team Salsa Championships
    2012 1st runner up World Salsa Championships Professional
    2012 1st place New Zealand Salsa Shines Team Champion
    2011 1st place Australian Salsa Open Champion Professional
    2011 1st place Swedish Professional Salsa Champion
    2011 1st place New Zealand Team Salsa Champion
    2011 1st place New Zealand Professional Salsa Champion
    2011 Semi-Finalist World Salsa Open Puerto Rico
    2010 1st place New Zealand Professional Salsa Champion
    2009 1st place New Zealand Professional Salsa Champion
    2006 1st place Asia-Pacific Professional Salsa Champion
    2003 1st place Australian Salsa Champion

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Giancarlo is 2016 World Salsa Champion. He has been a professional dancer and instructor since 2003. He is the director and senior instructor of Latinissimo Dance. Giancarlo has been featured as NZ's leading salsa dance professional on TVNZ's Good Morning Show, been guest choreographers for TV3's Dancing With The Stars, guest choreographer for Salsa and Mambo on the New Zealand version of TV3's "So You Think You Can Dance", sole New Zealand representatives at the World DanceSport Games in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, placed in the top 30 semi-finalists on TVONE's "New Zealand's Got Talent" 2012 and finalist and multiple champion of various prestigious international salsa championships such as US Salsa Open, Asia-Pacific Salsa Championships, Australian Salsa Open, World Salsa Summit, World Salsa Open in Puerto Rico and many more. In 2016 Giancarlo and his then partner were one of the 6 couples in world to get invited to compete in the Salsa "on1" category at the prestigious Fania World Salsa Championships held in Atlanta, Georgia. 2017 saw all their accomplishments culminate in being one of 3% in the world to be approved for a permanent "Extraordinary Talent" visa (EB1A) to the USA by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Giancarlo was born in Lima, Peru. He started his salsa dancing on the summer of 2001 in Sweden when a friend took him to Stockholm's most popular Salsa/Latin nightclub it was here that the passion and addiction to Latin music and dance begun for real. Giancarlo and his then dance partner were the first salsa instructors in New Zealand to introduce syllabus based salsa courses that would extend to any level of salsa dancing. The idea of the syllabus was to spread it to all of New Zealand in order for the schools to be able to teach the same basis and as result students would have a "universal" way of learning and competing. Today the idea of a syllabus structure has been adapted by the majority of the salsa dance schools, which in return has raised and continues to raise the level of salsa dancing in New Zealand.

Giancarlo started out with jazz dancing and gymnastics training at the age of 11 and kept doing so for 4 years, until he was given his fathers old SLR camera. He got completely immersed in photography and it took over his life for some time to come. In 1997 he got an opportunity to work as a freelance photographer with 2 major news photo agencies in both Sweden and the USA . After some time, he decided to travel to the other side of the world and arrived to the Australian continent in early 2002. Photojounalism was what he wanted to pursue in life. However, it was just a few months prior to emigrating from Sweden when his friend re-introduced him to his Latin-American roots of music and dance. It was this that would eventually turn Giancarlo's life around!

Although he loves the photography industry, he could not let go of dancing and eventually founded Latinissimo Dance Company in Melbourne in 2003. Initially it was just meant to be a hobby. As his dancing and knowledge for salsa grew, his school became more and more popular. Naturally the aim and purpose of the dance school grew and he decided it was time to put his dance school on the international salsa dance circuit. With his background in jazz and gymnastics combined with amazing natural coordination, athleticism, agility and determination – it did not take him long to get noticed and make his salsa dancing impressive and unique.

Today Giancarlo is highly respected in the salsa dance industry for his clear, precise and technical instruction. Giancarlo and his then partner had the honor of being the first salsa dance couple ever to be invited by the New Zealand Federation of Dance Teachers (NZFDT) to do a salsa demonstration at the Opening Ceremony of the New Zealand Ballroom & Latin-American Dancesport Championships. They have also been featured on a full page spread in the New Zealand Herald's "Photos Of The Year 2007", featured and interviewed for DANZ Magazine by Francesca Horsley as "...New Zealand's Best!" and were main characters and dancers in the music video "Insane" by The Sagittarian, to mention a few.

Giancarlo dances with style, energy, professionalism and precision. He has performed and taught in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Seoul, Bangalore, Miami, Los Angeles, Belgrade, Budapest and more. He was one of the choreographers, instructors and directors of New Zealand's most popular and successful student salsa teams - TEAM Latinissimo. He also coached the World Amateur Salsa Champions, Asia-Pacific Amateur Salsa Champions and the undefeated New Zealand Amateur Salsa Champions. Latinissimo won the NZ Salsa People's Choice Award in 3 out of 4 categories at the NZ Salsa Nationals.

Besides dancing professionally, Giancarlo is also a professional photographer.

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
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  • Empire Dance Studios, 2 Bond St, Auckland

Auckland Grey Lynn

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Salsa L2 Tuesday 15 Jun @ 7:30pm
Bachata L2 Thursday 17 Jun @ 7:30pm
Bachata Shines Wednesday 23 Jun @ 7:30pm
Mambo Shines Monday 05 Jul @ 7:30pm
Bachata L1 Monday 12 Jul @ 6:30pm
Salsa L1 Thursday 15 Jul @ 8:30pm