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Giancarlo & Masha are the directors of Gian_Masha_social_140px_optLatinissimo Dance Studios and specialize in street Latin dancing with salsa as the main focus. Since its initiation in 2003, Latinissimo has been a strong influential part of the salsa dance scene in Australasia.

At present, Giancarlo & Masha are based in Auckland, New Zealand and travel frequently to Australia, South East Asia and the USA for competitions, performances and workshops. Giancarlo & Masha are currently the only salsa dance couple representing New Zealand on the international competitive salsa circuit.

Giancarlo & Masha are not only successful with their personal dancing, but most importantly they have successfully managed to pass on their experience and knowledge to their students to succeed with their dancing. Many teams and couples have achieved great success both nationally and internationally. Giancarlo & Masha's most proud moment was Latinissimo members Tania Mason and Enrique Johns became 2012 World Amateur Salsa Champions.

Giancarlo & Masha believe that the art of learning can only be accomplished by a well thought through basic learning program. They have developed their own syllabus which will guide you through every step of the way, step-by-step to progress in the easiest and most comprehensive way possible.

They are available for classes, workshops, boot camps and private lessons to suit all levels of experience – from the absolute beginner to the advanced dancer. Giancarlo & Masha takes pride in offering expert tuition in a friendly, warm and inspiring atmosphere.

Giancarlo & Masha are very passionate about dance in all its variations and forms, specially Latin dancing! Hence the word for their brand; "Latinissimo", which translates both in Spanish and Italian, Very Latin! It is their mission to encourage other dancers of all ages and backgrounds, to experience the exciting world of dance through their eyes.

 

Competition accomplishments for Giancarlo & Masha and their students

2016

  • 2016 - 1st Place World Salsa Championships (Professional - Gian/Masha), Hong Kong
  • 2016 - 4th Place World Salsa Summit (Professional Showcase - Gian/Masha), Miami, USA
  • 2016 - 7th Place World Salsa Summit (Pro/Am Showcase - Karmen Stezinar), Miami, USA
  • 2016 - 9th Place World Slasa Summit (Amateur Showcase - Mitja/Katija), Miami, USA
  • 2016 - Finalist World Salsa Summit (Pro/Am Showcase - Ana Segula), Miami USA

2015

  • 2015 - 2nd Place Belgrade Salsa Open (Amateur - Mitja/Katija), Belgrade, Serbia

2014

  • 2014 - 3rd Place World Salsa Summit (Professional Showcase - Gian/Masha), Miami

2013

  • ladies-A-team-132013 - 1st Place Australian Latin Open (Semi Pro category - Dharshana & Shantini), Sydney
  • 2013 - 2nd Place USA Salsa Open (Professional Showcase - Gian/Masha}, San Francisco
  • 2013 - 1st Place New Zealand Salsa Solo (Team category - Salsa Ladies), Christchurch
  • 2013 - 4th Place World DanceSport Games (Caribbean Dance), Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • 2013 - 1st Place NZ Salsa Championships (Improvers - Daniel/Heidi), Auckland
  • 2013 - 1st Place NZ Salsa Championships (Latin Showcase Shines - Latina Spice), Auckland
  • 2013 - 1st Place NZ Salsa Championships (Latin Shocase Team - Latinissimo C-Team), Auckland
  • 2013 - 1st Place NZ Salsa Championships (Salsa Shines Team - Salsa Ladies A-Team), Auckland
  • 2013 - 1st Place NZ Salsa Championships (Female Salsa Solo - Lauren Harrington), Auckland
  • 2013 - 1st Place NZ Salsa Open (Zouk category - Dharsh/Shantini), Auckland
  • 2013 - 1st Place Australia & International Salsa Solo (Semi-Pro Team - Salsa Ladies A-Team), Brisbane

2012

  • Giancarlo Masha WSC award ceremony 200px2012 - 1st Place World Amateur Salsa Championships (Enrique/Tania), Hong Kong
  • 2012 - 2nd Place World Professional Salsa Championships (Gian/Masha), Hong Kong
  • 2012 - 2nd Place World Team Salsa Championships (Latinissimo A-Team), Hong Kong
  • 2012 - 2nd Place World Champion Country Award
  • 2012 - 1st Place NZ Salsa Championships (Team category - Latinissimo B-Team), Auckland
  • 2012 - 1st Place NZ Salsa Championships (Amateur Category - Merwin/Sonia), Auckland
  • 2012 - 1st Place NZ Salsa Championships (Zouk category - Dharsh/Shantini), Auckland
  • 2012 - 1st Place NZ Salsa Championships (Shines Team category - Men's Team), Auckland
  • 2012 - 1st Place NZ Salsa Championships (Latin Showcase category - Latin Ladies), Auckland
  • nzgottalent2012 - Semi finalist NZ's Got Talent (Gian/Masha), Auckland
  • 2012 - 1st Place NZ Salsa Championships (Mr Salsa category - Dharsh), Auckland
  • 2012 - 1st Place NZ Salsa Championships (Beg category - Gabriel/Jade), Auckland
  • 2012 - 1st Place NZ Salsa Championships (Int category - Juan/Mackenzie), Auckland
  • 2012 - 2nd Place NZ Salsa Championships (Imp category - James & Kate), Auckland
  • 2012 - 2nd Place NZ Salsa Championships (Shines Team category - Salsa Ladies), Auckland
  • 2012 - 3rd Place NZ Salsa Championships (Int category - Glen/Claudia), Auckland
  • 2012 - 3rd Place NZ Salsa Championships (Male Salsa Solo - Alyx Ty), Auckland

2011

  • AU-Salsa-Open112011 - 1st Place Swedish National Salsa Championships (Gian/Masha), Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2011 - 1st Place Australian Salsa Open (Pro category Gian/Masha), Sydney
  • 2011 - Semi finalist World Professional Salsa Open (Gian/Masha), San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 2011 - 1st Place NZ Salsa Championships (Team category - Latinissimo A-Team), Auckland
  • 2011 - 1st Place NZ Salsa Championships (Pro category - Gian/Masha), Auckland
  • 2011 - 1st Place NZ Salsa Championships (Amateur category - Enrique/Tania), Auckland
  • 2011 - 1st Place NZ Salsa Championships (Salsa Solo category - Alyx), Auckland
  • 2011 - 1st Place NZ Salsa Championships (Imp category - Paul/Fran), Auckland
  • 2011 - 1st Place NZ Salsa Championships (Int category - Steve/Rebecca), Auckland
  • 2011 - 1st Place NZ Salsa Championships (Adv category - Enrique/Deepika), Auckland
  • 2011 - 1st Place NZ Salsa Championships (Mr Salsa category - Enrique), Auckland
  • 2011 - 1st Place NZ Salsa Championships (Ms Salsa category - Deepika), Auckland
  • 2011 - 2nd Place NZ Salsa Championships (Latin Showcase - Latinissimo D-Team), Auckland
  • 2011 - 2nd Place NZ Salsa Championships (Mr Salsa category - Ricardo), Auckland
  • 2011 - 3rd Place NZ Salsa Championships (Amateur category - Alyx/Carey), Auckland
  • 2011 - 3rd Place NZ Salsa Championships (Mr Salsa category - Alyx), Auckland
  • 2011 - 3rd Place NZ Salsa Championships (Ms Salsa category - Tamara), Auckland
  • 2011 - 5th Place NZ Salsa Championships (Latin Showcase - Latinissimo E-Team), Auckland

 2010

  • 2010 - 1st Place NZ Salsa Nationals (Pro division Gian/Masha), Auckland
  • 2010 - 1st Place NZ Salsa Nationals (Amateur division - Alyx/Tania), Auckland
  • 2010 - 1st Place NZ Salsa Nationals (Int division Enrique/Deepika), Auckland
  • 2010 - 2nd Place NZ Salsa Nationals (Team division Latinissimo B-Team), Auckland

2009

  • Gian Masha drop2009 - 1st Place Asia Salsa Open Championships (Amateur division – Alyx/Tania), Hong Kong
  • 2009 - 2nd Place Asia Salsa Open Championships (Pro division - Gian/Masha), Hong Kong
  • 2009 - 2nd Place Asia Salsa Open Championships (Latinissimo A-Team), Hong Kong
  • 2009 - 1st Place NZ Salsa Nationals (Pro division - Gian/Masha), Auckland
  • 2009 - 1st Place NZ Salsa National (Amateur division - Alyx/Tania), Auckland
  • 2009 - 1st Place NZ Salsa Nationals (Team division - Latinissimo A-Team), Auckland
  • 2009 - 2nd Place NZ Salsa Nationals (Beg division - Hinga/Annysha), Auckland
  • 2009 - Winners NZ Salsa People's Choice Award - Amateur Category
  • 2009 - Winners NZ Salsa People's Choice Award - Open Category
  • 2009 - Winners NZ Salsa People's Choice Award - Team Category

2008

  • 2008 - 1st Place Auckland Dance Festival Salsa Competition (Alyx/Tania), Auckland

2007

  • 2007 - Semi finalist ESPN World Salsa Championships (Latinissimo A-Team), Orlando

2006

  • 2006 - 1st Place Asia Salsa Open Professional Championships (Gian/Masha), Hong Kong

2005

  • 2005 - Finalist Hamburg Salsa Open (Gian/Masha), Hamburg

2004

  • 2004 - 2nd Place IDO Victorian Salsa Championships (Gian), Melbourne
  • 2004 - 1st Place Copacabana Salsa Competition (Gian), Melbourne
  • 2004 - Finalist Best of the Best Salsa competition (Gian), Sydney

2003

  • 2003 - 1st Place IDO Victorian Salsa Championships (Gian), Melbourne
  • 2003 - 1st Place IDO Australian Salsa Championships (Gian), Sydney
  • 2003 - 1st Place NZ Latin American Dancesport Championships (Masha), Wellington

2002

  • 2002 - 2nd Place Stockholm Salsa Open Championships (Gian), Stockholm

2001

  • 2001 - 1st Place Club Marconi Salsa Competition (Masha), Sydney
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