about oliver

As well as his very own subscription website www.oliverpineda.dance, housing over 450 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 Pineda is also 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.

Oliver is 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 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.