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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 place New Zealand Latin Showcase Team Champion
    2012 1st runner up World Team Salsa Championships
    2012 1st runner up World Salsa Championships Professional
    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
    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 NZ Latin-American Dancesport Champion
    2001 1st place Australian Salsa Champion

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About Masha

Masha is 2016 World Salsa Champion. She has spent a total of 20 years in Australia/New Zealand, 11 of those as director of Latinissimo Dance. Together with Giancarlo, they have been featured as NZ's leading salsa dance professionals on TVNZ's Good Morning Show, been guest choreographers 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. 2016 Masha & Giancarlo 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).

Masha represented her native country of Slovenia as an elite rhythmic gymnast before relocating to New Zealand. Since the age of 4, Masha has been dancing ballet, jazz, Latin-American Dance Sport and contemporary dance. In return she now has over 20+ years of disciplined dance training with immaculate dance and gymnastic techniques. Masha & Giancarlo 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 syllabus structure has been adapted by the majority of salsa dance schools, which in return has raised and continues to raise the level of salsa dancing in New Zealand.

Masha is an incredibly passionate dancer, performer and instructor. In fact so passionate that she took her dancing to an academic level. She studied Physiology, Nutrition and Anatomy as part of the Bachelor of Dance degree at Auckland University of Technology in 2001.

Masha is highly respected in the salsa dance industry for her clear, precise and technical instruction. Masha & Giancarlo also had the honor of being the first 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, been featured on a full page in the New Zealand Herald's "Photos Of The Year 2007", featured and interviewed in 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 & Masha dance with style, energy, professionalism and precision. Together they have performed and taught in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Seoul, Bangalore, Miami, Los Angeles, Hamburg, Gold Coast and more. They are the choreographers, instructors and directors of New Zealand's most popular and successful student salsa dance team - TEAM Latinissimo. They were also coaches for 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.

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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  • Candy Lane Studios, 44 Mt Eden Rd, Auckland
  • Empire Dance Studios, 2 Bond St, Auckland

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