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Giancarlo & Masha 3rd @ World Salsa Summit

Miami, Florida USA, February 8, 2014

gian masha worldsalsasummit2Giancarlo & Masha were the only couple representing New Zealand at the World Salsa Summit & Global Salsa Championships in Miami, Florida in the USA. With them also came Latinissimo's Men's Salsa Shines Team to participate in the Male Shines Team category. The team consisted of Bob Hela, Dharshana Ratnayake, Juan Sandoval, Hohua Diamond and Giancarlo was also part of the team.

The competition had over 800 participants from all over the world in various categories. First up on Friday 7th February in the evening were the Men's Shines Team. Lots of great teams from Colombia, USA, Puerto Rico, Venezuela etc. The team reached the semi-finals round and we are very proud of them being the first shines team to ever represent NZ at a World Salsa competition.

Giancarlo & Masha were ready to compete on Saturday evening among couples from the USA, Guatemala, UK, Colombia etc. Masha wearing a very sparkly costume designed by William Flowers of Australia. The judging panel consisted of 14(!) of the most respected and recognized judges in the salsa industry - the biggest judging panel we have ever seen in a salsa competition. Judges were Billy Fajardo - Head Judge (USA), Tito Ortos - Head Judge (Puerto Rico), Tamara Livolsi (Puerto Rico), Daniel Enskat (USA), Athoy WonPat-Borja (USA), Eric Caty (Canada), Jayson Molina (Puerto Rico), Osmar Perrones (USA), Nelson Flores (USA), Ricardo Sanchez (USA/Colombia), Anya Katsevman (USA/Russia), Jennifer Aucoin (Canada), Christina Morrison (Canada) and Joby Aranda (USA/Dominican Republic).

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It may seem easy on video to dance infront of such a panel of judges, however there is an enormous amount of pressure when standing on your own and dance your very best for these judges. Despite all, Giancarlo and Masha finished in 3rd Place in the Salsa "On1" Professional Showcase category. You can view the official results from the World Salsa Summit results page HERE.

This was Giancarlo & Masha's last representation for New Zealand at international events. In total Giancarlo & Masha have represented New Zealand in 4 different World competitions; World Salsa Open in Puerto Rico (rank 14th), World Salsa Championships in Hong Kong (rank 2nd), World DanceSport Games in Taiwan (rank 4th) and World Salsa Summit in Miami (rank 3rd).

Giancarlo & Masha will continue to compete and perform in the USA and Europe.


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