Oliver Pineda is the Founder and Director of world reknown Latin Motion Dance Academy, founded by Oliver Pineda & Natalie Zeller (formally Reis) in the year 2000. As Australia’s only 8 times World Salsa Champion, Oliver has won five of his World Salsa Titles with celebrity dance partner of 20 years & three times winner of “Dancing with the Stars” Luda Kroitor & continues to inspire by performing & winning championships till today.
As well as his very own subscription website www.oliverpineda.dance; housing over 300 videos with new uploads every month plus his NEW International initiative; The Oliver Pineda TOP Teams, allowing dancers worldwide to learn, train & perform under his extensive choreographic guidance & experience, Oliver is also responsible for introducing Rueda in 1999 & Kizomba & Semba in 2007 to Sydney, was one of the instigators of linear style Salsa in the year 2000 & is now undoubtedly the pioneer of Mambo ‘On2’ in Australia.
Oliver was most recently featured in an article as one of the top 10 male Salsa dancers in the world & now directs Latin Motion alongside his wife Anastasia Drimousis.
Some of Oliver’s achievements include but are not limited to –
2001 IDO World Salsa Champion – Miami (with Luda Kroitor)
2005 World Salsa Open Champion – Puerto Rico (with Luda Kroitor)
2005 ESPN World Salsa Champion – Las Vegas (with Luda Kroitor
2006 ESPN World Salsa Champion – Las Vegas (with Luda Kroitor)
2007 ESPN World Salsa Champion – Miami (with Luda Kroitor)
2012 World Salsa Champion – Hong Kong (with Vali Damaskou)
2014 World Salsa Champion – Hong Kong (Solo)
2015 World Salsa Summit Champion – Miami (Solo)
As well as being a special guest performer/choreographer on Channel 7’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ demonstrating Salsa, Oliver was also a choreographer for Channel 10’s hit TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” & featured numerous times on the Morning Show with Kerrie Anne.
Born in Australia and of Chilean descent, this young man started dancing Salsa at the young age of 10. Having danced for over 20 years, Oliver is now Australia’s most undisputed Latin Dance talent. His unique style of dance and clear precise teaching methods make him one of the most admired and sought after Salsa dancers and instructors in the world. Due to this fact, Oliver has taught workshops in every continent at thousands of events around the world and continues to travel spreading his passion & knowledge for dance.
Upon finishing high school, Oliver received a scholarship to train in London with partner Luda in preperation for the Biggest Dancesport Competition in the world, the famous Blackpool Championship where in the under 21 Youth division, against 600 + couples, Oliver & Luda placed in the top 98 of the World.
Oliver was then granted a scholarship to attend the Australian Collage of Physical Education (ACPE) to complete a Bachelors of Dance degree.
Instead, Oliver with his 7 years of training in Dancesport chose to pursue the music and dance of his Latin American roots; Salsa. A decision that would forever change his life.
Although passionate about Salsa and Mambo, Oliver’s dance experience also extends to Rueda, Merengue, Zouk Lambada, Kizomba, Semba, Samba, Cumbia, Cha Cha, Rumba, Afro Cuban, & all the Latin / Modern Dacesport Ballroom styles such as Jive, Paso Doble, Waltz, Slow Foxtrot, Tango, Venice Waltz & Quick Step.
Oliver, a well known percussionist owes his musical talents to his two cousins Jason & Gary & father Julio, all well known percussionsist in the industry. Having played at the recently closed Vivaz Nightclub since the age of 16 & La Campana Nightclub since the age of 18 in Sydney, Oliver now occassionally plays with some of Sydney’s top Salsa bands, mastering the timbales, congas and bongo amongst other percussive instruments. His early performance experience within the Brazilian culture has also enabled him to handle Brazilian style instruments such as the snare drum, zurdo, pandero and the hepinique. Oliver now gets invited on stage to play with some of the world’s best singers & bands in countries & events all over the world.
As well as his musical & dance talents, Oliver is also a black belt martial artistist in the combat art of Tae Kwon Do having taught kids from a young age & competed in many tournaments in Australia. This relationship between martial arts & dance was formed early on in his life, also equipping him with an understanding of the basics of the Brazilian martial arts, Capoeira.
Oliver was given the honour of being Australia’s first Male dancer ever to be featured on the cover of Australia’s VIVA Magazine in it’s December issue 2004 & in January 2008 issue with partner Luda. Oliver was also given the Best Male Instructor Award at the biggest Salsa Congress in the world, the 2006 West Coast Salsa Congress in Los Angeles. Further more, it was Oliver (and Natalie Reis) who lead the “Americas” segment out onto the field in the Olympic Opening Ceremony in Sydney 2000.
Oliver now heads one of the highest calibre student performance groups in Australia, the ‘The Oliver Pineda TOP Teams’ an International Initiative allowing dancers from ALL over the World to followed & admired by dancers all over the world & is proud to be the creator of his own brand of Salsa, internationally known as ‘Aussie Style Salsa’.
Oliver continues to spread his incredibly profound knowledge & unique, sought after teaching style to dancers around the world & is now in the process of expandidng Latin Motion, locally & internationally with franchises already in the works.
Mitch began his journey of dance through his teenage years learning jazz,
tap, hip hop, drama and singing through Keane Kids Studios in Sydney. After
a break for a number of years from dancing he returned to dance in 2005,
taking up Street Latin , after a football injury, to rehabilitate his knee,
and has never looked back since.
He found his love for Latin dance, like many, on the social dance floor.
After beginning with Cuban salsa for a year and a half then moving to LA
salsa, Mitch later teamed up with Ellicia in 2009, forming a partnership
that would lead them to achieving many successes both Internationally and
– 2013 World Bachata Champions
– 2015 World Salsa Solo Professional Bachata Champions
– 2015 Australian Latin Dance Championships Bachata Professional
– 2014 4th Place World Bachata Masters (Spain)
– 2014 2nd Place World Championships Hong Kong
– 2013 5th place World Dancesport Games (Taiwan)
– 2x Australian Salsa Champions (2012/13)
– 2012 New Zealand Latin Dancesport Championps
Mitch has also achieved:
– 2014 Australian Salsa Shines Teams champion
– 2014 World Latin Dance Cup 2nd place Salsa Proam
His impressive resume includes working for well-known production companies
such as Latin Dance Australia, Australian Opera, WB Productions, Di Heaton
Dancers, Sydney Dance Company, Rapid Loss, Cheeky Entertainment, Modus
Vivendi, Seven Flavors and more.
Mitch and Ellicia travel frequently both nationally and internationally as
guest instructors and performers at many Latin Congresses and Events around
the world. Countries including England, Spain, Germany, Austria, Holland,
Wales, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia and throughout
Mitch is known for his fun, energetic and charismatic personality both on
the dance floor as well as in the classes he teaches and with his
mesmorising performances he continues to inspire people across the world.
Ellicia comes from a dance background that started as soon as she could
walk, having trained in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary from 4 years old,
with the main focus being ballet, completing her RAD Advanced Ballet Exam,
a course that takes a minimum 11 years to complete.
Having successfully won places to join many of Australia’s leading ballet
academies, including the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts
(WAAPA), at 17 years old Ellicia chose instead to start her professional
dance career with a 5 month cabaret contract in Japan. Since this time
Ellicia has not looked back, performing and modelling for stage, TV, and
film throughout the world.
Her impressive resume includes working for well-known production companies
such as Di Heaton Dancers, Carnival Cruise Lines, WB Productions, G’day
Hollywood Productions, Dance Encore, Sydney Dance Company Entertainment; TV
commercials for Nokia, Compaq, Dominoes Pizza, Haier AC, Berger Paints,
Onida TV, Rapid Loss, and Boombox; Run way shows for United Colours of
Beneton, Puma, Daks London, Levis, and many Australian and international
Ellicia fell in love with Street Latin in 2009, and with her highly trained
background she quickly added the Street Latin styles to her professional
repertoire. Ellicia teaches for Latin Dance Australia, one of the most
successful Australian Latin schools.
Ellicia along with her partner Mitch have already achieved impressive
credentials in such a short span of time:
– 2013 WORLD BACHATA CHAMPIONS
– 2015 Australian Bachata Champions- ALDC
– 2015 Australian Bachata Champions- World Salsa Solo
– 2014 4th PlaceWorld Bachata Masters Spain
– 2014 2nd Place World Bachata Championships Hong Kong
– 2013 5th Place World Dancesport Games Taiwan
– 2013/2012 2 x Australian Salsa Champions
– 2012 New Zealand Latin Dancesport Champions.
Mitch and Ellicia travel frequently both nationally and internationally as
guest instructors and performers at many Latin Congresses and Events,
including countries as England, Spain, Germany, Austria, Holland, Wales,
New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan and throughout
Ellicia is known for her exquisite technique, her elegant styling and her
impressive flexibility. Ellicia loves to be able to transfer to others all
she has learnt and be able to share with those the skills they need to
become the best dancer they can be.
Luda Kroitor is the current 5 times World Salsa Champion with dance partner Oliver Pineda. They are the winners of the 2001 IDO World Salsa Championships, 2005 Puerto Rican Salsa Open, 2005, 2006 ESPN World Salsa Championships held in Las Vegas and most recently the 2007 ESPN World Salsa Championships held in Disney World, Florida. Adding to her achievements has also been representing Australia teaching and performing in various World Salsa Tours covering many countries throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia.
Luda has also been confirmed as special guest choreographers for the Channel 10 TV hit show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’.
Of Russian origin, Luda began her passion for ballroom, salsa and Brazilian dance at 11 and she won her first national competition, the Youth Latin Championships in 2000. Since then she has competed at many national & international ballroom competitions including one of the Worlds biggest & most prestigious ballroom competitions ‘Blackpool’ placing 8th in the World against 600 other couples. After that she toured the United States with the international show Burn the Floor and featured in NSW Tourism TVC campaign as a dancer with Csaba Szirmai. Luda also won the TV series Strictly Dancing with Csaba in 2004.
Currently, Luda performs with Australia’s Most Successful Dance Academy, Latin Motion Dance Academy in various dance show productions at suburban clubs and appears at a variety of corporate events.
Throughout Dancing with the Stars Series, Luda has partnered Home and Away actor Jason Smith in series two, singer David Campbell in series three, boxing champion legend Kostya Tszyu in series four which saw them make the finals as runners up and comedian Anh Do in the last series which also saw them make the finals as runners up.
Luda with her infectious personality, love for life & dance skills are invaluable to Latin Motion and its students and has been since joining Latin Motion in 2001.
Anastasia Pineda is one of the directors of this warm, fun & welcoming home we call, Latin Motion Dance Academy. Having joined Latin Motion as a beginner Salsa 1 student back in 2011, she started teaching in 2013, and directing alongside her now husband Oliver Pineda.
As well her passion for all things dance, she’s also a qualified Nutritionist having graduated from the University of NSW.
Anastasia is also in charge of running the administration of Latin Motion so don’t hesitate to contact her with any of your enquiries.
Our LM Academy Instructors
Yvonne is an accomplished performer having been entertaining audiences as a violinist and dancer since the age of 4. She is a 4 time Australian salsa champion and has also represented Australia at world competition level placing 8th in the On1 division at the World Latin Dance Cup in 2010, 13th in the On2 division at the World Salsa Championships in Orlando 2007 and in 2007 was a semi-finalist at the Puerto Rico World Salsa Open. Her music and dance background has allowed her to travel across Europe, Asia and America.
An experienced TV presenter and commercial face, Yvonne has appeared in many advertorials, commercials and print campaigns representing well known brands.
Jack is also available for private lessons – when he’s not being a police officer!
So please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a private lesson from Jack!
Winnie is a certified Stott Pilates Instructor and she uses Pilates aid performance training, rehabilitation and prevent/manage pain during pregnancy. She has worked with members of the Sydney Swans, touring shows (Cirque du Soleil – Hong Kong) and dancers from a number of Latin and Ballet studios cross Sydney
She firmly believes the pathway to recovery lies with not only addressing injuries, but also optimising how clients move – movement excellence to address injuries, increase self-awareness and prevent further issues.
In her spare time, Winnie loves dancing, reading and being outdoors. She is currently performing and competing as a Salsa dancer.
Our Senior Instructors
Cynthia competes semi-professionally, currently third in female Salsa soloist and partnered teams (Australian Salsa Open, 2014). She also performs at Darling Harbour Fiesta, Sydney Latin Festival, Salsa Palladium and other events. Outside class, you can find her social dancing at her favourite venues – Monday Bar 100 (Graeme Haney) and Mambo underground (Becky Lee).
A Salsa addict at night and medical student by day, Cynthia believes that people from all walks of life can enjoy salsa and self-expression! For inquiries for private lessons with Cynthia, please email email@example.com
By the age of 17 she was introduced to salsa by her cousin, Kaja who is also a dance instructor. It quickly gained a permanent spot in her heart. She was associated with major Warsaw salsa schools.
Magda moved to London at the age of 20 and she took her passion for Salsa with her. She had the pleasure of learning Salsa from Super Mario and attending his Salsa parties.
In 2014 Magda moved to Sydney. A new beginning and a fresh start. One of her goals was to get back into dancing and choosing Latin Motion Salsa school with 7x World Champion, Mr Oliver Pineda was the obvious choice to make.
Magda really loves teaching and sharing her passion for dancing and enjoys the experience of interacting with students.
Magda pays lots of attention to ladies styling. So ladies if you want to get some inspiration and learn some tips please get in touch or come to her classes.
From then on, she has competed and performed at many events over the years and after driving back and forth from the coast for 4 years to train at LM she decided to make her move to Sydney this year. She has recently won the Australian Salsa Open Semi Pro Salsa Couples division with partner Brandon Nunez and also the Australian Salsa Open Teams Champions with the Motion Couture Protégé for 2014.
Christine teaches levels 1,2,5 & 6 and is also available for private lessons in salsa. With her bubbly personality you will be sure to hear her spreading the fun in class with smiles and laughter, please feel free to contact Christine for any questions you may have via firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂
In 2012 he came to Latin Motion to continue training under Oliver Pineda and Vali Damaskou. Teaching levels 4, 5 and 6 and continually competing and performing in team and couple categories around Australia
Feel to contact Allan on FB for feedback & advice or email email@example.com for enquiries about private lessons.
This time he was hooked and Dancing in a way saved Brad from the not happy place that he had been. He attended Bachata classes and he was hooked again…however it was ZOUK that hooked Brad even more than the other styles.
Brad remained with Latin Motion ever since and attended every Zouk class he could including at 3 other Sydney Schools at the same time and attended every workshop and every party including interstate classes and Zouk congresses, he did 6 choreographies. Brad attended 2 separate invite only high level classes as well as a Zouk teaching program and classes with international Zouk stars and fast tracked his learning and social dancing .
Oliver “8 times” then invited Brad to become a zouk teacher at LM.
” I love teaching – Dancing brightened my world and I am happy to help dancing brighten yours “
Brad can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org for privates.
Bertrand started his 1st salsa class only 3 years ago at Latin Motion and he is proud to be a 100% Latin Motion product. After 6 months at LM, he joined the academy and from then on, everything went very fast – competing at the Australian Salsa Open in 2012 and 2013 and performing at different venues in Sydney.
Bertrand was given the chance to teach salsa at LM in 2012 and since then he never looked back. Teaching is his passion and he loves to see his students having a good time on the dance floor.
Arnold Ganz has always been “feeling” the music. Spending most of his time
strumming the guitar and singing from the soul so it’s no surprise that his
body surrendered to the “emoción” of Latin vibe. Arnold started learning,
performing, competing and teaching in Aotearoa, New Zealand back 2009. From
March 2013, Arnold packed his life and crossed the ditch for a new chapter.
After settling in, he finally joined Oliver Pineda’s team at Latin Motion
Academy last December 2013 and went straight embracing the challenges.
Arnold is very passionate mentoring students, often times extending his
time to share and inspire students on their path. Whenever by chance,
please ask for a dance and he’ll be happy to take you in the journey.
“Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music”