Bringing Miami Singles Together
Mia is helping
people socialize through dancing
By ADAM KUPERSTEIN
Updated 10:00 AM EST, Wed, Jan 12, 2011
You can call it "Salsa Speed Dating."
Salsa Mia is helping people
socialize through Salsa dancing. Their classes teach what
instructor Alex Ruiz calls, "Miami-Cuban style salsa," where
instead of dancing with one partner, you constantly switch
"It's a good way to pick up ladies," said Josef Toussaint, who
started taking classes a year ago.
And why be shy about it? The first thing you learn at Salsa
Mia-- even before dance steps -- is how to break the ice when
approaching a dance partner.
Another thing that makes Salsa Mia different, is how the
"Miami-flavor" spills down to the street from a huge window high
above Lincoln Road. Tourists passing by can't help but stop and
look to see those sweet Salsa moves.
Christine Kerber from Sunny Isles stopped and looked so many
times she eventually decided to go upstairs and give it a try.
She says she specifically chose Salsa Mia because it allowed her
to meet new people.
"You don't have to come with somebody to dance with," Kerber
said. "You can come with a group of friends and end up dancing
There are couples who come to Salsa Mia, but they have to be
prepared to share their significant other.
"Everyone looked very respectful," said Gregory D' Incelli, who
came with his girlfriend Kirstin. "I was very respectful, so I
assumed there would be a common commitment to that."
Ruiz says even if you've never danced salsa before, there's no
reason to feel intimidated. They break up the class into five
levels, starting with beginners.
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Where to learn Salsa
Dance off the calories at Salsa Mia's classes every Wednesday,
Friday & Sunday 8:30 pm. After a 2-hour class you'll get the
chance to show off your moves when the fiesta really heats up at
11:00 pm with a Sizzling Salsa Nightclub!
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Salsa Mia is "just
the spot" to visit right in the middle of the action on Lincoln
Rd. on Sexy South Beach. Salsa Mia is full of fun
energy and lots of dancing!
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May 26, 2011
Go out for a night of Salsa dancing at one of the best Salsa
schools in Miami that’s been recognized by national broadcasts
like NBC Nightly News and The Early Show on CBS. You ladies will
get to learn all those Salsa moves you see on Dancing with the
Stars from instructors who are experienced dancers! Salsa Mia
will supply you girls with the moves to get you dancing anytime,
Indulgence Details Girls, I can't tell you
how long I've wanted to learn how to Salsa dance (so much that I
bought a Dancing with the Stars workout DVD on my last trip to
the mall), so imagine how happy I was when I came across Salsa
Mia!! This hip studio located right in the middle of South Beach
can turn any aspiring Salsa dancer into the next Karina Smirnoff
with their classes (a much more effective technique than
following a DVD in my living room while my dog stares at me from
Today's indulgence lets all you
ladies in on some Salsa action with Classes held Weds, Fri, and
Sun eves at 8:30pm.
At Salsa Mia, they teach Miami
Style Salsa - a mix of the fun and friendly Cuban style with
sexy nightclub moves and social dancing. They'll teach you
ladies how to dance with anyone, anywhere, so you'll be able to
bust a move at the drop of a hat (I know I'll be secretly hoping
for a dance-off to break out anytime I go to a club after taking
Salsa Mia is also the only Salsa
school that offers two hours of class time, plus one hour of
practice for each class to perfect your dance moves.
For the first hour of each
class, the instructors will focus on Miami Style Rueda, and in
the second hour they'll teach you 1-on-1 and how to combine
everything in your dancing! If you're a true beginner (like me,
even though I pretend to know what I'm doing!), they'll start
you off with all the basics, like marking in place and forward
and back rocks, before teaching you how to put everything
together and moving on to more advanced steps.
Salsa Mia is the place where all
of the South Florida Salseros come to learn their moves and to
meet people to dance with! Their instructors are all experienced
dancers who make the process of learning Salsa easy and fun no
matter what level you are. Not just a favorite spot for the
locals, Salsa Mia has also been recognized by national
broadcasts like NBC Nightly News and The Early Show on CBS. Come
see what all the fuss is about and soon you girls will be
dancing your way toward your own Mirror-ball Trophy! Check it out
Writes Miami - Salsa Mia
People who would enjoy it:
Ladies that love to dance; dudes that love sexy, sweaty ladies.
People who would not enjoy it: Anyone that's been telling
their friends they're awesome dancers.
Mia May 10, 2011
BY ORLANDO "Boy Writes Miami"
"Reviewing Miami and then some. Gratuitous vulgarity included."
If you think you can dance salsa
but haven't actually taken any formal classes, I dare you to
make a trip to Salsa Mia on a weekend night and make that claim to a
sweaty girl in heels and a ridiculous booty. I DARE YOU.
You're going to feel like a
fucking idiot, because compared to the average salsa dancer at
Salsa Mia you have absolutely no idea what you're doing. Have you
ever watched a movie, such as an Indian movie, where out of
nowhere a bunch of motherfuckers break out into an impromptu
dance number where everyone knows the choreography seemingly
on-the-spot and you're thinking to yourself, “yeah, that’s
bullshit, how do they all know the moves?” Well, that’s
Salsa Mia. Salsa Mia is like a Bollywood film with better music and a distinct
lack of blatant copyright infringement.
Indians are serial copyright
violators? Yes. Speaking of Indians, holy shit do they love to
dance…Speaking of Indians, holy shit do they love to dance, and
holy shit are they deliciously goofy at it. Watching a white guy
do the running man for 28 minutes isn’t nearly as hilarious as
watching any Indian movie ever. But you know what, more power to
them. They love to dance and the fact that they’re so fucking
awkward at it doesn’t deter them from doing what they love. I
admire that. From a distance.
In addition to having sexy
Latinas whip you in the face with their hair as they spin like a dreidel in December, they also offer salsa classes for those who
lack the intricate knowledge of la rueda. La rueda is a big-ass
dance circle where a guy goes from girl to girl and and leads
her through the motions, a striking parallel to how Hispanic
dudes are in life. I’m sure when you’re a badass and you and
everyone in the circle know all the maneuvers it’s fun, but if
you’re taking classes it can get a little annoying. I took
classes there once and mostly everyone was good, but there was
this one eastern European girl (I know she was eastern European
because she was really hot, blond, and looked like a sex slave
that tried to coerce James Bond into some shit for her boss) who
I’m positive didn’t speak English and couldn’t figure out the
most basic steps. She was a smile-nodder. One of those people
that you ask a question and they either don’t hear you or
understand you, so they smile and nod.
Black people have the uncanny
ability to make certain words cool as shit to use…On club nights
(as opposed to instruction nights) they’ve got some ridiculous
salsa bands that perform, and by ridiculous I mean awesome.
Don’t you just love that about English? Words like “bad”,
“nasty”, “sick”, and “ridiculous” end up having positive
meaning. Black people are to blame for that. YEAH, THAT’S RIGHT,
I SAID IT. Black people have the uncanny ability to make certain
words cool as shit to use, then when enough white people start
using them they switch things up, but the original word they
switched remains for decades. It can take a while for some white
people to adopt those things, which is why “funky fresh” is
probably still pervasive in Kentucky.
If you want to learn to salsa
to impress anyone above the Broward county line, go to Salsa
Mia Demo for Arsht Center's Street Food Friday
Street Food Friday
March 18, 2011
Salsa Mia gave a
sample Salsa Class for all the great people that came out to
enjoy gourmet food on wheels at Street Food Fridays.
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Mia in the Latin capital
may not be today. It may not be tomorrow.
But it will be. After all we live in
Miami... the Latin capital
Yes, soon enough you will find yourself in a
place where the Caipirinhas flow like water
and the rhythm of conga drums calls to you
from deep in the night. A Latin princess
will emerge from a steamy dance floor and
lean into your ear. Then she will say it:
"Come... we dance."
And when that time comes, you will be
Because every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
night SALSA MIA on Lincoln road is your new
secret weapon for achieving dance floor
supremacy (whether you knew you needed to or
Now, we know what you're thinking. And yes,
it's dancing, but stick with me on this
one. You'll start by picking a class or a
package of classes. That was the risk; now
here comes the reward.
Because you will soon find yourself rotating
through a series of co-ed (and unattached)
dance partners as you burn up the floor in a
harrowing display of Mambo Kings wizardry
(or at least learning the basics while
trying not to step on too many stilettos).
And if the dance floor equivalent of speed
dating isn't your thing, they also offer
more intimate one-on-one dance lessons.
So, come on! Lets salsa!
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September 28, 2010
By Megan Ann Harmon
Salsa on South
Don't put off
your dreams of
and embrace the
Cuban culture of
If you’re anything like me, you’ve wanted
to learn how to salsa dance since your first toe touched ground
in Miami (there must be something in the air). Of course, time
escapes us, and we keep pushing off our dreams of learning salsa
and being the next star on So You Think You Can Dance. However,
if we really embraced the Cuban culture that has made Miami what
it is today, we’d say ‘Vamos echar un pie!’ So, let’s ‘¡Meter
mano!’ Cuban-style. And what better place to do that then on
South Beach, surrounded by Cuban design, cigars, food, coffee
Cuba, we know
it’s hot, and
Salsa Mia on
Lincoln Road is
a great place
Learn how to
bust a move in
the Miami clubs,
you have never
you’ll start at
Level 1 (like
me!). If you’ve
taken a lesson
before and know
arrive early and
have them test
your skills to
see if you can
move up a level
or two. Either
way, you will
have a blast
amazing dance to
rhythms of Latin
are great and
you do not need
a partner to
join in the fun.
the steps as a
group with each
on their own,
and then move
into a circle,
will partner up.
If there are
more girls than
boys (or even
song, so you’ll
always have a
chance to test
your moves with
because it helps
me also learn
how to dance
I really enjoyed
my lesson and
than I had when
I walked in.
What I love
about this place
is that the
stop with the
lesson (and with
Cubans, does the
lessons come to
a close, the
venue opens up
lovers. Stay and
dance the night
away with some
action (you can
the masters or
jealous and vow
to keep coming
back for more so
you can be the
on the dance
floor). I made
the vow, so
maybe I’ll see
9, 2010 Written by: Ginny Nadolny for
Salsa Mia: Come
learn sizzling salsa moves!
If you’re going
to be spending some time in Miami, you should consider putting
on your dancing shoes and taking some salsa lessons. Miami has
numerous street festivals, clubs and restaurants at which this
style of dance is prominent.
Salsa is a
dance that spans the gamut from social to passionate, and it
quickly becomes a dance of addiction. Once you learn the basic
steps and get used to the three-beat rhythms (most music follows
a four-beat pattern), you’ll be hooked.
Two left feet?
Lack rhythm? Wonder what to do with your hands? No problem! The
professional salsa instructors at Salsa Mia are experienced
dancers and talented teachers. On top of that, they are spirited
and engaging, making learning salsa both fun and easy.
Salsa Mia has
lessons for beginners through advanced level dancers. So, if you
already have some salsa prowess, they’ll help you perfect your
moves and find your personal style, whether it is special
footwork, a particular hair toss, or a signature dip.The bar on site is always open, serving Mojitos,
beer, wine and other spirits. Each night, lessons kick off at
8:30 and run for about two hours.
Fridays, at 11
pm, a DJ or local salsa band keeps the beats going as Salsa Mia
becomes one of the hottest salsa clubs
in South Beach. Your lesson also gets you admission to the club,
so stay and practice your moves! Sunday’s lessons are followed
by open dancing until 11:30 pm.
Just give them
a call, or stop by any Wednesday, Friday or Sunday to get
started. on their
registration, you’ll receive a “Salsa Mia Passing Card."
You learn at your own pace; instructors will sign you off for
each level once you’ve met all requirements. In all, there are
six progressive levels.
Comfortable shoes with a leather or suede sole are best – make
sure they fit well and won’t slip off!
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Couple goes on a blind date and takes Salsa lessons with Salsa
VH1 follows wives and girlfriends of some of the NBA’s most
elite players to give the viewers a behind-the-scenes
look at the glamorous life of a professional basketball player’s
wife in VH1’s original series, Basketball Wives. Premier
March 15, 2010.
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Before the game!
The Miami Herald's New Miami.com
March 18, 2008
When in Miami, do as the Miamians do:
Picture this: It's Friday
night and you find yourself
sauntering down Lincoln
Road. Somehow along the way
your feet start tapping,
your hips start shaking and
before you know it, you're
swept up in the sensual
rhythm of a salsa beat. No,
your ears aren't playing
tricks on you. Look up on
the corner of Drexel Avenue
and your senses will surely
be overwhelmed by the flurry
of sexy dancers spinning
their way across a crowded
dance floor. Salsa Mia has
hosted an addictive salsa
night for more
than two years and has
successfully attracted both
diehard dancers and novices
alike week after week.
Once you venture past a
cheerful doorman and up a
narrow staircase, you will
find a ceramic tile dance
floor filled to the brim
with some of Miami's most
"People come here to
socialize at the end of the
workweek, have drinks and
practice dance with other
students," says Salsa Mia
owner, Susan Fisher.
For the novice dancer,
Cuban salsa classes begin
every week at 9 p.m., when
instructors cover the gamut
of basic steps, intricate
twirls and classic rueda
calls. Arrive a few hours
later and you'll be amazed
by the gravity defying spins
and dips enacted by the
second wave of visitors --
some of Miami's best and
surprisingly humble dancers.
Everyone here is eager to
share the spirit of this
Latin dance. If you're
feeling shy, pony up to the
bar for a Corona or mango
mojito, two popular
favorites, and just enjoy
being inspired by the crowd.
For those with two left
feet, don't worry. It's not
all salsa here, as DJs Alex
and Alfredo mix things up
regularly by adding
bachata, and hip-hop to
their rotations. At Salsa
where the party goes on
strong until the wee hours,
says Fisher, "everyone fits
Crowded house: Salsa Mia
on Lincoln Road. Photo: Rayme
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beyond its nightlife and discover
Miami's lighter side for an active
Bliss comes in many
forms, and no weekend
here is complete without
a taste of the
nightlife. I head to
Salsa Mia on
Lincoln Road, home to
Salsa classes on
Wednesday, Friday and
Instructors from the
dance company Salsa Mia
teach the footwork and
timing of Cuban salsa
"People come to unwind,
have a good time, and
learn a few steps,” says
Salsa Mia’s owner Susan
Fisher. Dancers are
divided into groups
based on ability. As the
evening goes on, the
music gets louder, and
locals and visitors
gather in this communal
experience of rhythm,
dance, and celebration.
Lincoln Road - The Heart of South Beach
The Heart of
History, architecture and
location combine to make Lincoln
Road one of the more remarkable
streets in the world
STORY AND PHOTOS
BY DONNA SWEENY
When it comes
to people-watching, nothing can
beat the Lincoln Road Mall. The
seven-block promenade between
16th and 17th Streets is a
popular destination with
visitors to South Beach, and a
central part of SoBe life.
Filled with restaurants,
theaters, art galleries and
shops, it pulsates with energy
from early morning to late at
bay-to-ocean roadway cleared out
of the mangroves by Miami Beach
developer Carl Fisher in the
early 1900s, it was named in
honor of his hero, President
Abraham Lincoln. Fisher’s plan
was to create a street that
would be the “Fifth Avenue of
the South,” and indeed from the
1930s to the 1950s it was one of
the premiere shopping districts
in the country.
by shoppers in flashy sports
cars and chauffeured limousines,
the wide avenue was lined with
the likes of Saks Fifth Avenue,
Bonwit Teller, Peck & Peck,
Adrian Thal Furs, Elizabeth
Arden, FAO Schwartz and others.
Joseph Moseley’s store took
orders from around the world for
its delicate hand-embroidered,
linens. Cadillac and Packard
dealerships showcased their
newest models on the strip.
But when the
opulent Fontainebleau Hotel
opened in 1954, it threatened to
eclipse Lincoln Road – and much
of Miami Beach as well. Designed
by famed Russian immigrant
Morris Lapidus, the
Fontainebleau was the antithesis
of the popular minimalist
architecture of Art Deco
designer Ludwig Mies van de
Rohe, whose dictum “less is
more” summed up his style.
more was more, and the design of
the curvilinear Fontainebleau
was extravagant, ebullient and
exuberant, recalling the glamour
of Hollywood. “If you create a
stage and it is grand, everyone
who enters will play their
wrote. Guests at the
Fontainebleau certainly played
their part, beginning at the
majestic “staircase to nowhere,”
which led to a small coat room
above the lobby. Guests would
take an elevator up, check their
coats and descend the stairs for
a grand entrance. Architecture
critics decried the design, but
the public loved it.
beachfront Fontainebleau was a
self-contained resort, providing
guests with everything they
might want or need, even a
shopping concourse with
exclusive shops. With the
then-popular American plan, all
meals were included, and the
hotel hosted top entertainers
like Frank Sinatra, Tony
Bennett, Dean Martin and Jerry
Lewis. As a result, guests had
no reason to venture out and
local businesses suffered.
the problem, the city
commissioned Lapidus to make
Lincoln Road desirable again.
The first thing he did was close
it off to traffic, creating one
of the earliest pedestrian malls
in the world. Criticized for
that, Lapidus famously quipped,
“A car never bought anything,
He brought in
hundreds of towering palms,
tropical plants, trees and
flowers from around the world,
transforming the mall into a
lush garden, complete with long
rectangular pools, fountains,
waterfalls and concrete shelters
reflecting the Miami Modern, or
MiMo, style he pioneered.
reopened in 1960, it was an
immediate success. For
well-heeled matrons wintering in
Miami Beach, a trip to the Road
was de rigueur, and they would
fill up their suitcases with the
latest styles from the fanciest
stores in town.
mid-1970s, however, Lincoln Road
Mall’s luster was seriously
tarnished. One by one, the
leading retailers had left, many
drawn to suburban malls such as
the new, exclusive, Bal Harbour
Shops. In their place came
small-time storefronts selling
cheap electronics and clothing
in bulk to tourists from Latin
Lincoln Road Mall was dead,”
says M. Barron Stofik in her
book, “Saving South Beach.”
Vacancy rates reached 25% to 40%
and property values dropped.
Vandals, drunks and bag ladies
made themselves at home, and the
only store that continued to
thrive was Woolworth’s.
Desperate merchants floated
every conceivable plan to revive
the mall, but none drew
sufficient support. Given its
striking architecture and
unsurpassed location, however,
it did not remain depressed for
long. The city approved a
$60,000 grant to revitalize the
area through the arts, and
landlords lowered their rates to
“ArtCenter/South Florida has
served the community for 25
years, and was one of the early
leaders in the economic and
cultural revitalization of South
Beach and Lincoln Road. Since
then, it’s been a story of
location, location, location,”
says executive director Jeremy
T. Chestler. “An easily
accessible venue has helped make
audiences aware of the work
created by many of South
Florida’s most talented artists,
provided the community with
exposure to contemporary art,
and access to hands-on art
instruction. Lincoln Road is
dynamic and vibrant and it has
become a world-class cultural,
dining and shopping destination
for residents and tourists
City Ballet opened its first
studio on Lincoln Road, where
passersby could look through a
large window and watch the
dancers practice their routines.
Another early arrival was
Mitchell Kaplan who opened Books
& Books in the late 1980s, and
who vividly recalls those days.
“Over twenty years ago, and
about seven years after we
opened our first Books & Books
in Coral Gables, I was
approached by Cathy Leff about
opening a store in [the]
Sterling Building. She knew that
I had grown up on Miami Beach
and that Lincoln Road held a
great pull for me. She had just
the right space in what I
thought was the most beautiful
building on the Road, and when I
saw it I knew Books & Books had
to be there to help with the
revival of South Beach.
“It was very
lonely in those first years, not
much traffic, but I could sense
that a community was building,”
Kaplan says. “Now, with rents in
the stratosphere, and our lease
out of options, we’ve been able
to secure our store and café for
the foreseeable future in the
same building, if not in the
same space. With our move toward
the back, we’re happy that our
customers have found us, and are
very pleased that there is still
room for a small, local
independent business among all
the giants that now seem to
inhabit one of the more
remarkable streets in the
Lincoln Road attracts national
chains such as Williams Sonoma,
Gap and Ghirardelli Chocolate,
contributing to high rents.
and historic Lincoln Road is an
ideal location for the
Ghirardelli Chocolate Company,”
says senior PFabrizio Parini.
“Almost a decade ago, [we]
recognized that the iconic
pedestrian mall would be the
epicenter of retail and
restaurant activity for Miami
Beach, attracting steady streams
of visitors from nearby
oceanfront hotels along with a
strong and loyal local following
to its umbrella-clad sidewalk
cafes, signature black and white
striped streets and lively
international destinations. Its
50-year old nostalgic design is
still vibrant today.”
remain very much in evidence
along the Road, where many
galleries and cultural venues
have set up shop. The Colony
Theater, at 1040
Lincoln Road, first opened in
1934 as a movie theater. In
1986, the Art Deco building was
transformed into a performing
arts theater with a seating
capacity of 440. It hosts a
variety cultural performance
including dance, comedy, opera,
music, and theater. The Colony
is listed on the National
Register of Historic Places.
historical landmark, the Lincoln
Theatre, 541 Lincoln Rd., opened
in 1936, also as a movie house.
When it was purchased by the New
World Symphony in 1990, the
interior was gutted and
renovated into a 700+ seat
concert hall with exceptional
acoustics. The exterior was
restored to its original Art
Deco and Miami Modern splendor,
with wide overhanging eyebrows
which curve around the corner,
pilasters topped with painted
relief capitals, a dramatic
overhanging marquee, florid
scrolls and basrelief.
like these, and others, attract
architecture aficionados from
around the world. The tallest
building on the Road was
designed and built by Carl
Fisher as the headquarters for
his real estate enterprise. In
the Mediterranean style popular
at the time, it boasts a great
wraparound terrace and tiled
846 Lincoln Road, it is now home
to the Van Dyke Café. The
Building, 927 Lincoln Rd., was
designed by V.H. Nellenbogen in
the 1920s. It was actually two
separate buildings covered with
Moorish detailing. Like many
buildings in Miami Beach, around
1940 it was renovated and
modernized in the Art Deco
style, extremely popular at the
Beach Community Church on the
other hand, designed by Walter
DeGarmo, remains true to its
original Mission style. Located
at the corner of Lincoln Road
and Drexel Avenue, it was built
on land donated by Carl Fisher
and has been in continual use
since 1921. Members and friends
of the church have preserved its
architectural beauty with
ongoing restoration projects
over the years. Of particular
note are the beautiful stained
glass windows. It is open daily,
welcoming those in search of
may well be the only place to
find quiet time on Lincoln Road
Mall, as vibrant as ever with
its coffee shops, bars and
restaurants that spill out into
the promenade in a happy
hodgepodge. The ambiance is
decidedly more casual than in
years past and the demographics
more diverse – you are as likely
to hear Portuguese and Italian
as you are English and Spanish.
On Sundays a
year-round farmers market takes
over the promenade between
Meridian and Washington Avenues
a.m.-6:30 p.m. offering fruits,
vegetables, fresh cut flowers,
plants, bread, honey, jams and
jellies. Organic produce is
available in front of the
is among a relatively small
group of pedestrian malls around
the globe, and one of the
oldest. Plans are now underway
for a 50th anniversary
celebration in June of next year
says Michael Aller, tourism and
convention director and chief of
protocol for the City of Miami
Beach. “Lincoln Road Mall is an
important element of this
tropical paradise we call home,
and deserves recognition for its
historical significance,” says
celebration will coincide with
the American Institute of
Architects annual convention,
attended by thousands in the
industry and the media. Miami
AIA member Deborah Desilets, the
last architectural associate of
the late great Lapidus, is
working to make Lincoln Road an
important part of the
well-deserved, the hoopla will
not likely change Lincoln Road
Mall, where on any given day
shoppers are likely to
intermingle with athletic moms
pushing jogging strollers, young
backpackers, dog walkers,
tourists dragging suitcases,
couples, the occasional
celebrity, and a model or two
who wander over from Ocean
Drive. Morris Lapidus would be
pleased – the characters are all
playing their parts on the stage
Your Way to Good Health
June 5, 2009
Finding Fitness on the Dance Floor
By Serena Gordon
One reason many people don't stick with
exercise is that it's often not that
interesting. But what if you could dance
your way to improved health?
Two new studies suggest that you just might
be able to do that.
Presented recently at the American College
of Sports Medicine meeting in Seattle, one
study found that salsa dancing could improve
cardiovascular fitness, and the other found
that less vigorous ballroom dances such as
the fox trot or tango -- although not as
much of a workout as salsa
-- can add 2,000 steps or so to a person's
daily walking total.
to dance can be a fun, social, local and
friendly way to enjoy low-intensity physical
activity and skill learning,"
said the author of the second study, Stephen
Cobley, a senior lecturer in skill
acquisition and sport/exercise psychology at
Leeds Metropolitan University in the United
Dancing, or at least watching dancing on TV,
has soared in popularity recently. In the
United States, "Dancing with the Stars"
draws a significant audience each week, and
its British counterpart, "Strictly Come
Dancing," has more than 8 million viewers,
according to Cobley.
Because this show was drawing so many
viewers in the U.K., Cobley and his
colleagues thought to capitalize on its
popularity and conducted a study by offering
a 12-week series of introductory ballroom
dancing lessons to a group of sedentary
The average age of the 27 study participants
was 53, and most -- 22 -- were women. The
once-a-week, two-hour classes were led by an
instructor and included dances such as the
tango, fox trot and cha-cha.
The classes replaced what was usually
sedentary time for the participants and
added about 2,000 steps to their daily
total, the researchers said. Experts
recommend 10,000 steps a day for good
"Ten thousand steps per day is the
recommendation, but how many seniors are
getting that?" asked sports and lifestyle
nutritionist Molly Kimball, from the Ochsner
Health System in New Orleans. "Two thousand
steps is still good, and every little bit
But, she said, different dances, such as the
would provide a much greater aerobic
was the focus of the other study, in which
Italian researchers measured heart rate and
oxygen consumption in dancers who were doing
salsa during lessons,
dancing at a night club or doing a group
rueda de casino.
The study included 11 pairs of dancers who
were, on average, 36 years old. Maximum
heart rate increased between 58 and 75
percent for those doing any of the three
dances, and oxygen consumption went up
between 41 percent and 56 percent, depending
on the dance. Nightclub salsa
dancing appeared to be the most aerobic of
the three dances, though all increased heart
rate and oxygen consumption, the study
a spirited dance," study author
Gian Pietro Emerenziani, from the University
of the Studies of Rome, in Italy, said in a
statement. "With this
form of dance, you are clearly getting a
workout. All three types of salsa in our
study, practiced frequently, will have a
positive impact on health and fitness."
The AARP has more on dancing your way to
Candy Miami - Addicted to Love,
Spring 2008 Wedding Guide
April 23, 2008
Planning your wedding is
driving you to drink. Fight back with
DailyCandy’s twelve-step program. Private Salsa
lessons with Salsa Mia are an essential part of
your wedding planning.
1 Admit you have a problem. Your future
mother-in-law? Nope. Your lack of venue.
Schnebly Redland’s Winerynow hosts weddings in the
plantation-style property’s tranquil gardens
(complete with waterfalls and passion fruit
vineyards). And for party favors: mango wine
bottled especially for your guests.
Step 2 Discover the higher power. Flower power,
that is. Guerdy Réjouis, the flower architect
behind Fisher Island’s
pairs her stylized
designs with lighting, accents, and draping. Her
pick for this season: opulent color, like
fuchsia calypso orchids.
Step 3 Turn your will over to the gods (of
DJ Ross One,
the super spinner known for Favela Chic at
Mokai. Without a tinge of the macarena, he gets
everyone out on the dance floor (even, rumor has
it, Bill Clinton).
Step 4 Take an honest look at yourself. Realize
you deserve couture invitations.
designers don’t work off books. Instead they
craft each distinct card from scratch, using
everything from watercolors and rose petals to
Step 5, 6, and 7 Admit the nature of your wrongs (it’s
your dancing); prepare to change (light
stretching); eliminate your shortcomings.
Salsa Classes from
should do the trick.
Step 8 and 9 Make a list of those you harmed (your
bridesmaids) and make amends. Before the
big day, send them Beauty in a Box from
Face Time Cosmetics.
The darling package arrives bearing the maid’s
name and a cache of customized makeup.
10 Keep a personal inventory (of the party).
Capture it all, not just posed and sober. Let
In Focus Studiosresident artist, Manolo Doreste,
reveal the night in all its natural splendor,
including a trash-the-dress shot, in which the
bride mars her fated frock in fiery devotion
Step 11 Contact the higher power. Or get a power
contact high by providing guests hand-rolled
cigars. Anissa Velazquez of Deco Drive Cigars
(305-674-1811) will arrange for a tobacco
aficionado to craft stogies using their
Dominican and Nicaraguan blends.
12 Have a spiritual awakening (after tasting
uses her grandma’s recipe to create iced
art, which she can bling-out Miami-style with
If all else fails, there’s always step 13:
rehab (a.k.a. your honeymoon)
NewTimes "A Different Kind of Dip"
Thursday, March 6, 2008
A Different Kind of Dip
Learn how to do it with Salsa Mia.
BY RAINA MCLEOD
Feeling Caliente, Caliente Caliente!
The infusion of Latin traditions into Miami
culture requires that upon entering
Miami-Dade County, you trade in the rules
you used to live by for a set saturated in
Goya spices. Here coladas are
piping-hot and sipped for breakfast instead
of on-the-rocks and guzzled by the pitcher,
and when you speak of salsa, you’re usually
referring to the dance, not a dip for
tortilla chips. But although you’ve
perfected the art of ordering a Cuban coffee
sin azúcar, your dance moves are
another story. And since your Hispanic
friends giggle behind your back at the
stiffness of your swivel, the crew at
Salsa Mia will teach you how to execute
the sensuous and flirtatious dance with ease
– and rhythm.
Two-hour salsa classes will take you
through all the steps, whether you’re a
beginner or a hoofing legend. New students,
just show up 15 minutes before the class
begins and you’ll be grooving before you
Universal Music and Salsa Mia present Hector Lavoe "The Originals"
Thursday, August 9, 2007
A 2-Night Pass to Salsa Mia
Compliments of Universal Music & Fania
online to FYE, submitted their entries at the FYE stores in South Florida. Winners were announced in September
Premier of "El
Thursday, August 1, 2007
of El Cantante
Regal Cinema - South Beach
Salsa Mia Dancers were
invited by PictureHouse to perform at the
premier of new movie "El Cantante". El
Cantante celebrates the life of the
legendary Puerto Rican salsa singer Hector
Lavoe. Local Miami radio station MEGA 94.9
was there to broadcast the event. Que viva
para siempre la salsa y la musica de Hector
Lavoe! Tremendo "Cantante".
Salsa and the City
By Lisett Araujo
Miami’s got a reputation – and it’s a hot one.
Steamy nights, trendy clubs, little clothing and lots of spice. The city is a melting pot, and nothing captures the essence, the feel, the vibe of the place and its people like salsa. This style of music and dance, derived from the Cuban son and mambo, exudes sensuality and passion. No wonder it’s often the soundtrack for movies and shows that depict Miami and its sexy inhabitants.
A city so full of Latin influence is also full of clubs claiming to be the definitive salsa spot. But which are worth your money and time? We did the research and found the perfect clubs for every sabor of salsa lover.
If you have a desire to swivel your hips and turn or be turned, head to South Beach’s Salsa Mia. All dancers – regardless of skill level – are welcome. The two-hour classes teach hordes of eager dancers everything from the basic step to the more complicated Rueda – a group dance where couples form a circle and rapidly swap partners through fancy moves.
A 5-night lesson pass is only $22 per night for a two hour class and it gets you free admission into the nightclub, which opens once the classes are over, and half-price drinks. This is a great place to master the basics, gain some confidence and join the party on the dance floor. Come with a partner or alone. Salsa Mia provides a friendly atmosphere perfect for mingling.
El Nuevo Herald
Friday, July 6, 2007
Son hombres y mujeres altos, bajos, gordos, flacos, rubios, blancos, pero todos se reúnen los viernes y los domingos en el salón de fiestas del restaurante de Miami Beach con un solo fin: aprender a bailar salsa, perfeccionar sus pasos en la pista, o simplemente mirar a los alumnos de la academia de baile Salsa Mía que luego se quedan en la fiesta hasta altas horas de la madrugada.
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con un solo
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de que todo
esté bien, y
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que no tenga
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Best of 2007
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
The SunPost Best Of 2007
Treasures Of Miami And The Beaches
wanted to learn to salsa? Or are you
just looking for a great place to dance
the night away to a Latin beat? Salsa
Mia incorporates both. Six different
levels, from beginners to advanced, are
taught by six different instructors at
the same time and place. No need to
bring a partner as everyone rotates, so
you get to step on the toes of, and
eventually get in perfect rhythm with,
all sorts of people. Classes are held
Fridays and Sundays from 8:30 p.m. to
10:30 p.m. Stay after class Friday for
the hottest salsa nightclub on the
beach; open until 2:30 a.m. Phone: 305-987-3033. www.salsamia.com
Sports Club LA - Member Celebration with Salsa Mia
Thursday, April 26, 2007
The Sports Club LA/Miami at the Four Seasons Hotel Members enjoyed a
wonderful night of Salsa with Salsa Mia.
The 2007 Miami Beach Dance Festival
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Miami Beach Dance Festival
Miami Beach Botanical Gardens
Salsa Mia was invited to host the first Salsa Night with
Sangria, appetizers and dancing. The
Miami Herald was there to
Alonzo Mourning's Overtown Youth Center Fund-raiser
Saturday, March 10, 2007 Salsa Mia at
Overtown Youth Center Fund-raiser
Miami NewTimes "Hot and Spicy"
Thursday, March 8, 2007
Hot and Spicy. Salsa is our favorite dance
BY KAREN R. FIGUEIREDO
You’ve lived in
Miami for how many years and you still can’t dance salsa?
There’s no need to feel like a dance floor loser; Salsa Mia will
make it easy for you to learn. You don’t need a partner, and you certainly don’t
need to know anything about dancing; just show up and
they’ll teach you how to move.
You’ll start with the basic steps, one foot forward then the
other back, almost easier than walking. Soon you’ll be
swaying like a native Cuban, twirling in rhythm with
everyone in the rueda group or inching closer to your
favorite salsero. Ay papi. After the lesson is over you can
carry on Latin dancing at the lounge until 2:30 a.m.
America on Univision
Friday, February 23, 2007
2-Year Anniversary of Salsa Mia The story of Salsa Mia filmed and reported by Paola
Despierta America! Aired on August 3rd,
Escandalo TV on
Univision's Channel Telefutura
Monday, February 5, 2007
Salsa Mia teaches new Hip Hop artist, JJ, to Salsa on
His album titled Disco de Oro was released this August.
CBS Early Show - Live from South Beach
Saturday, February 3rd, 2007
Salsa Mia LIVE from South Beach on the CBS Early Show. Saturday, Feb. 3rd. Super Bowl 2007 special coverage.
Telemundo's Ritmo Deportivo Films
at Salsa Mia
Friday, January 19, 2007 Salsa Mia was filmed for
Ritmo Deportivo on Friday, January 19th, 2007. The program
aired on Sunday, January 28, 2007.
night and you
the way your
before you know
it, you're swept
up in the
of a salsa beat.
No, your ears
tricks on you.
Look up on the
corner of Drexel
Avenue and your
the flurry of
way across a
floor. Salsa Mia
has hosted an
night in the
more than two
years and has
alike week after
Once you venture
up a narrow
will find a
filled to the
brim with some
of Miami's most
socialize at the
end of the
Salsa Mia owner,
For the novice
Friday & Sunday
at 8:30 p.m.,
cover the gamut
of basic steps,
Arrive a few
hours later and
you'll be amazed
by the gravity
and dips enacted
by the second
wave of visitors
-- some of
Miami's best and
Everyone here is
eager to share
the spirit of
dance. If you're
pony up to the
bar for a Corona
or mango mojito,
just enjoy being
inspired by the
For those with
two left feet,
It's not all
salsa here, as
DJ Alex will mix
hip-hop to their
At Yuca, where
the party goes
on strong until
the wee hours,
Food Network Filming of Giada's Weekend Getaways
Friday, November 10, 2006
Food Network's Filming of
Giada de Laurentiis' new TV program called "Giada's Weekend
Chef Giada de Laurentiis travels across the
United States looking for vacation destinations for food lovers.
Weekend Getaways premiered
Friday, January 12, 2007.
The Miami Herald
Posted on Sat, Sep. 09, 2006
First of a series
Where DO singles mingle? Some
untraditional places to seek out Mr. or Ms.
CAN'T BE BEAT
If you have to choose one
place to be on a Friday night, try salsa lessons
at Salsa Mia on Lincoln Road in
Miami Beach. With a relaxed lounge atmosphere
and a welcoming staff, it's impossible not to
feel at home here -- whether you have two left
feet or can shake your bon-bon with abandon.
''I think this is fantastic,'' said
27-year-old Juan David who was there for first
time. ``I've been looking for an atmosphere like
this. . . . Everybody's like a family. You can
see and feel the energy.''
You don't need to bring a partner, and gay
participants can learn both the leader and
follower role, says owner Susan Fisher.
Sunday, August 6, 2006
E! Entertainment Television Latin America Wild On Latino
Salsa Mia was interviewed and filmed for an upcoming program
of Wild On South Beach.
The program will air in over 28 Latin American countries. Stay
tuned for dates!!!
Satisfy Your Zest for
The Salsa Mia Crew
July 14, 2006
On his summer tour of the most adventurous
cities in the United States, Procter & Gamble's ZEST FOR
ADVENTURE Man visited Salsa Mia in Miami.
Zest for Adventure Man, John Guidroz
Dancing lessons exist to make you look silly. At least that's
what happened to me last night. I went to South Beach for a
taste of the infamous Miami nightlife. What better place to try
some Latino grooves? Kickin clubs, hot ladies strutting down the
promenades, clothes clinging to flesh like a man to his pride.
As it turns out, a "good night" of Salsa education requires a
man to take off his pride; a "better night", his clothes. I
can't comment on the clothes.
The lesson kicked off with an introduction
to the basic 1-2-3 steps. Then a couple transition moves, some
side-steps, back steps-- simple enough after a few minutes. Then
they tripled the speed and threw on some music. Add the group of
people watching and I was petrified. Don't get me wrong, I can
count to 3 and generally get by on the dance floor at a club or
bar, but when I tried to follow the instructions in my head and
still listen to the music I ended up moving like a Zombie from
Night of the Living Dead. After an hour, solo time was finished
and, apparently, we were ready to be paired up for couples
In a thick Hispanic accent,
the instructor told the men in the beginner group that it was
our jobs to lead the ladies. "Salsa dancing is communication
with your bodies. You take the ladies. Ladies, you want to be
taken, no?" I liked this guy, but he was a liar. When I got out
on the dance floor to try out my basic steps my experienced
partner tolerated my zombie steps for about two seconds before
taking me. I didn't care, she made me look good. What the hell,
dancing is all about a good time and living a little right? The
bottom line is that tonight had all the core elements of a good
adventure: fear, hesitation, learning, and, in the end, success.
Next time I just need to stop counting in my head, loosen up a
bit and brush up on my espanol. Maybe that will also lead to a
Cuba en Miami - Noches de
Coastal Living Magazine - South Beach
Beach for Grown-ups
You don't have to
stay up all hours to have fun in
Text by Carlos
When 30-something mom Myra Doyle jetted to this Florida hot spot for a reunion with three high school friends, they "wanted to do what South Beach people do." But they had a rule: "There are four of us here and we have 11 kids among us. We want to be in bed by midnight." Not a problem.
South Beach may best be known for sun-drenched days and sizzling late-night action, but visitors can still find plenty to do between sundown and the witching hour.
Myra and her girlfriends joined nearly 90 people on the packed dance floor above a popular SoBe restaurant for salsa lessons. Most dancers were beginners like Myra, learning the basic "left-two-three, right-two-three" steps. But after two hours of training (and drinks from the bar downstairs), beginners and experts got to mingle and mambo well before midnight.
If you don't feel like dancing, you'll have plenty of other entertainment options. And, as locals know, there are advantages to hitting South Beach hangouts before they're teeming with night owls. You can get a seat and, at some places, a deal.
Take a two-hour salsa lesson starting at 8:15 on Fridays and Sundays from Salsa Mía dance teachers at the Yuca Lounge, upstairs from Yuca (as in, Young Urban Cuban-Americans) Restaurant. Come early, have dinner, then show off your moves. On Friday nights the party goes till 2:30 a.m., but you don't have to.
"ANYWAY, we arrive at Yuca for our
dance lessons provided by Salsa Mia. We're in front of the line
and I survey the situation: lots of couples of all ages, a
relatively balanced mix of whites and Latinas. Alright, I'm on a
level playing field. And these people are all here for lessons."
"There are five levels that Salsa
Mia provides, with level one being the beginner level going up
to the advanced class, level five. We would start at level one.
Our instructor for the evening would guide Penelope and I (and
eighteen or so other people) through the introductory steps of
Salsa. First, we would learn the basic steps without music.
Then, the music would start. We'd then run through these simple
steps to music. I danced with great aplomb. Penelope had natural
rhythm. My hips were a little rigid initially, but then the
music came into me. White man got his groove on."
learning some of the basic steps, the instructor then had us
pair up, with all of the couples forming a circle. Men's left
shoulders pointed to the middle of the circle, women's right
shoulders pointed inward. And then the music began again. And
from here, we danced the dance of the Salsa. We would switch
partners (the women stationary, the men moving counter-clockwise
to the next partner) roughly every four beats. Para mia. Para
baho. These are words that would be shouted over and over again,
effectively getting the student body to move in unison, however
un-trainable we were."
"I will readily concede that
there are many a white man who can't dance. The second time we
went, we brought a mutual friend and I wished we hadn't.
Penelope would see in him all of his whiteness on the dance
floor. But it wasn't just him, really. It was most of the white
guys there. I was the great white hope and seeing my fellows
white dancers step left when they should step right? watching
them move like robots (and not in some good 80s break-dancing
way) when their bodies should move fluidly? it only inspired me
more to prove Penelope wrong. I was a team of one that night, my
fellow whities leaving me to dry."
"I was feeling mighty confident that I would pass Level 1 after
a couple of classes, and given my Latin friends had already
taught me a thing or two on Salsa dancing, this was going to be
a piece of cake. We began learning the steps, some of which I
already knew but I did realize I hadn't been doing it correctly
I had been simply faking it at the clubs. ?I want to get really
good? I thought to myself so I listened intently at the
teacher's instructions of the fancy footwork. The classes are
structured so that, even if you go by yourself, you'll get to
dance with a partner due to the rotations around the circle of
mostly newbie's. There are people of every age, some taking this
way too seriously (have they figured out that Miami is mostly
Latino and they need to get with the program?) , others who were
there just for fun like Scott and I, and lastly older men and
women who surely appear to be there to meet other singles in the
community. And why not? What better place to meet someone than
in a hot and sweaty room filled with pheromones stemming from
the sexy rhythms, blood pumping lust, and teasing touching Latin
music brings to your soul?"
"I digress. Surprisingly Scott
isn't THAT white when it comes to his ability to actually learn
the footsteps and have some coordination on the dance floor. For
a white guy I was mildly impressed, but I still had to make fun
of him for he didn't quite have the ?IT? effect he needs to
become a sexy Latin dancer and swoon girls onto dance floors."
Scott: "What did she say? She's
crazy. I'm a sexy Latin dancer! For two hours we danced. We
moved to the music, we drank beer to keep cool and loosen us up,
and we swayed. Then we took our dancing to another club, Score,
where Penelope had friends that would get us in the door free. I
regret to inform the white male populace, though, that I
somewhat let our people down. While I managed to shred
Penelope's notion that white men can't dance, I made zero
headway in the ?white men can't hold their liquor? category.
After drinks at Yuca and then more drinks at Score, this dapper
Fred Astaire turned into a red-nosed W.C. Fields, sloshed, and
incapable of walking straight, let alone dancing. When I laid
down in the middle of Euclid Avenue en route to whatever our
next destination was, I realized it was time to call it a
Penelope and Scott dancing at Yuca
Penelope: "We decided one time
wasn't enough and since weeks had passed since our last lesson,
we decided to try it one more time. We arrived for round two,
and this time we had a hot little Latina teacher boasting a pair
of incredibly high, sexy and shiny silver heels, in tight jeans,
and this chick could move, unlike the boring guy teacher from
last time. Surely she wanted to just ?get moving? but soon she
realized how green we all were. But that didn't stop her from
teaching us some turns and spins though, and she ran quickly
through the basic steps, moving onto the turns like we all had
been there several times."
"Dang, I even had a hard time
with the side-to-side turn! I was beginning to grow frustrated
thinking 'how can I not get this??' but after a few tries, I had
it down. We brought a white male friend with us this time and he
was sweating like a pig. His shirt soaked, he appeared lost, but
I give him props for not giving up. Now HE is truly white. Poor
Scott: "While we still went in as
level one dancers, the game was all complicated this time. There
was spinning and turning and then MORE spinning and more
turning. Still, I held my own and danced like a?. like a?. well,
like a white man. But like a white man with rhythm and soul. And
again, I was at the top of the class, dispelling Penelope's
DID HE SAY "DISPELLING MY
Penelope: "No, no my dear friend.
Ok, I"ll give Scott his props for not embarrassing me completely
during the lessons, but I will also add that it didn't help
proving my point when everyone at the class was totally horrible
the second go-round. Had this been a real Salsa club, my poor
friend would be left in the dust like a typical white guy for
just knowing the steps doesn't make you a good salsa dancer, it
makes you decent but still vulnerable to budding jokes. Latinos
are no joke. This is serious business and much like when a
peacock raises his feathers to attract females for mating, Latin
guys show their appeal by knowing how to swoon a girl on the
dance floor, making her feel weightless and beautiful. This
can't be accomplished by white men as they simply don't have
what it takes physically to be able to move fluidly, nor do they
possess the charm and sex appeal a Latin guy confidently boasts
to make a girl fall into their arms and let them lead the way,
lead our bodies, and influence the heart."
Scott: "We ended our night of
dancing at Yuca. And we ended with me proving Penelope wrong.
She, of course, might say otherwise. But she would be lying.
White men CAN dance. Just maybe not all of us."
Greater Miami and the Beaches -
Salsa Mia Runs the Show
it comes to nightlife, Miami is world class. If you want to kick
your heels up, let your hair down and dance until dawn, then
there are infinite options stretching from South Beach to across
the causeways. From glittering mega clubs to intimate lounges,
Miami hot spots draw an impressive lineup of musicians,
performers and DJs week after week making the temptation to
party all too much to resist. There’s a reason A-list celebs
flock to Miami for the fun, so as the saying goes: When in Rome…
Salsa Mia runs the show with a two-hour
class for all levels, followed by an hour of practice. Make a
night of it on Fridays when the Salsa Nightclub takes over at 11
p.m. and the pros come out to shake their hips and spin to live
music and a DJ. The atmosphere is friendly and inviting whether
you choose to grab a partner and show off your moves or watch
others admiringly while sipping a mango mojito.
Salsa Mia Recommended Companies
Salsa Crazy Miami
Salsa Mía is an entertainment company organized to meet your
needs and surpass all of your expectations. They provide fun and
energetic salsa dance instructors for Wednesday, Friday and
Sunday nights at the Yuca Lounge. They pack the venue every
Friday with both tourist and locals. This is a sure thing for
having a great Friday night.
Founded in February of 2005,
Salsa Mia has been building friendships and
shaking things up for the past seven years.
Incorporating the fun, free-spirited motions
of Salsa and dance, Salsa Mia prides itself
of being a melting pot of instructors,
dancers, performers, musicians and students
from all over the world that come together a
few times a week to immerse themselves in
the art of salsa. A unique feature to Salsa
Mia is that this Havana Social Club inspired
studio hosts a nightclub every Friday night
at Yuca Nightclub with all of the students
Salsa Mia has taught how to dance! There are
many reviews and broadcasts on Salsa Mia,
and a large lists of their charitable
contributions, making Salsa Mia a strong
part of the Miami community. All levels are
welcome, from beginners to intermediate and
advanced. Classes are held three days a week
(Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays) at 8:30
p.m. ¡Bailar, y diviértase!
The 2nd floor of Yuca Restaurant is used for Salsa Lessons
on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 8:30pm By 'Salsa Mia'
dance school, Fridays.. Salsa Club from the time the lessons end
Summer Rocks with Salsa Mia!
Issue 29 | July/August 2006
Salsa Mia appears in the
July/August issue of LRM magazine in their cover story of
the summer called "Summer Rocks! Twenty-four reasons to
emerge from the air conditioning to experience all that Miami
has to offer during the summer--great deals, hot events,
cultural stimulation and, best of all, shorter lines."
"Summer Rocks"is proof that summer is not hell on earth in South Florida.
It's also far from boring.
Salsa Mia is #2 out of 24 hottest
things to do this summer in Miami!!!
You Can Dance
"You may hear the music, but you'll
never really feel like a Miamian until you've learned to Salsa.
Summer's a great time to learn with Salsa Mia. After the
2-hour Friday-night lesson, put your new moves to the test at
Salsa Mia's dance party."
-- Sara Churchville
Please send your testimonials to
firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like them to be posted here below. Thank you!
April 23, 2012
Saturday's Event Sent: Monday, June 6, 2011
I just wanted to thank you so much. Everything worked out beautifully on Saturday night and your dancers couldn’t have been more charming, more professional, or more delightful with our guests. Everyone had a wonderful time, and the instructors really kept the energy high. The package that you provide is well-priced and the perfect entertainment for a salsa-themed party.
I’d also like to thank you for your recommendation of Tony Succar and his band. What a wonderful young man. So professional and hard-working, and the band sounded great!
All together, a perfect combination, and I thank you for your help in putting it all together.
I hope to work with you again in the future.
All the very best,
Martin Florentino Sent: Wednesday, January 26, 2011
I took your Salsa Workshop this past Saturday and it was fantastic. I was in the intermediate level and had a lot of fun. I really enjoyed the routine that you guys put together.
Thank you very much!
Martin D. Florentino
Amanda F Sent: Wednesday, October 20, 2010
I was visiting Miami (from Boston) this past weekend for my birthday. We LOVE salsa so we checked out Salsa Mia Friday night and had an absolute blast! I wish there were places like that in Boston! We had a really hard time finding good salsa the rest of the weekend, which was surprising as we thought salsa would be very popular in Miami.
Roberto Banales Sent: Wednesday, September 15, 2010
I just wanted to tell you thank you for the lessons, I had a great time and learned new moves. Your staff is courteous and knowledgeable, and will see you next year for some more….gracias!
Los Angeles, California
Glen Turf Sent: Thursday, September 9, 2010
I just wanted to send a compliment your way. Being the director of a school, I often hear the negative and the complaints, so I know how nice it is to hear the positive once in a while. I just wanted to let you know what a great instructor Alex is. Having been involved with Salsa Mia for the past couple of years, I can tell you that the best classes I've taken have always been with him. His patience, understanding, and ability to teach are first rate. As I've moved up in levels, the steps have obviously become more difficult. There is always such a difference in how I am able to grasp the material when Alex instructs the class. I am very happy that Alex will be the lead instructor when he comes to Miami Country Day School in January, as I know the students will learn and appreciate him as much as I do. Please pass along my sentiments.
Steve Calabro Sent: Friday, September 3, 2010
I know you guys are getting ready for class, and I just wanted to drop a quick little note just to reiterate that I cant wait to come back to class. As soon as my schedule changes ill be there. And once again to thank you guys. I don't know if you hear it enough. I think I've said it before but thank you! I understand its a business, but for people like me its an emotional release a place for me to go and be with friendly, gracious, happy people, a place where I can just be me, crack my silly jokes and have a great time. I just want you guys to know you provide more than just a service but also for people like me its almost another part of my life that only brings me happiness and peace, so once again thank you and I cant wait to get back.
Joanna Popper Sent: Monday, April 12, 2010
Thank you so much for your
generous donation! We raised almost $20k on Saturday night
for Haiti! Thank you so much for your support and
contribution. We couldn't have done it without generous
people like you!
Thank you and see you soon :)
Christina Vilaboa Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2010
Hi Susan. I contacted Salsa Mia
because in April my organization, the Hispanic Law Students
Association, is hosting our annual event, the "Hispanic Night of
Flavor". We are going to award FIU College of Law's new Dean and
Maria Dantes-Sanchez, a prominent Miami attorney, with awards.
We want to make it a fun event; we are being sponsored by Caldas
rum; and we feel that adding a show with Hispanic flavor will
really give the event the atmosphere we're going for.
I have been in the salsa scene since the 90s and I would really
like for Salsa Mia to do this event because I feel that every
other "school" and/or performance team doesn't have the class
and elegance that we need portrayed at this event. You guys are
perfect. I really like the style you guys have, and that is what
I want at this event.
And, most importantly, thank you
guys for keeping Miami Salsa classy. That takes a lot of work
Christina J.D. Candidate, FIU College of
Angela Nano-Edwards Sent: Sunday, July 26, 2009
Dear Salsa Mia,
Thank you so much for the awesome classes! It has made our
Miami stay so much more memorable. I'd especially like to
commend Denisse and Brianne. Denisse taught Michelle for Level
One and made her enjoy a dance she otherwise would not
have. Brianne took me from Level Three to Level Four in one
weekend. I am going to my regular Sunday salsa class (and
Michelle is going with me!) being a better follower. I'm sure
the boys would appreciate that! I'm also giving some of
your dance cards to my friends.
I wish you all had a presence here in Dallas, because you know
we'd be very loyal followers!
Kristine Fredrick Sent: Sunday, April 26, 2009
Dear Salsa Mia,
I want to thank Alex for the great lesson. Here's a nice shot of
him giving instructions. I had a great vacation to Southern
Florida and a real taste of Miami. If any of the other
Wednesday, April 22 classmates want pictures, I have a bunch
more- you can pass on my email.
All the Best,
From: Tahirah Gomez Sent: Tuesday, June 17, 2008
You guys are sooo great! I found you
on Expert Village instructional videos & want to know if you can
recommend any teachers in the Sacramento area of California or
bay area? I have never tried salsa before, but have learned
basics from your videos, & I am very happy dancing salsa, it is
fun. I am a belly dancer, so a little different for me dancing
with a partner.
You made it very easy with the instructional videos.
From: Damla Sent: Monday, June 16, 2008
First of all I would like to thank
the whole Salsa Mia crew and especially Susan, Klaudia and
Oscar. I started salsa classes last week on Friday. I am Turkish
and I never danced salsa before in my entire life. I don't know
any moves or anything and I tried all the sports, all the
exercises you can imagine and never enjoyed what I was doing
It's really amazing how I became
addicted to salsa. I cant wait Fridays to come. I have a really
busy schedule at work, I work for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line in
Human Resources Department so you can imagine how crazy it is.
Normally on Fridays I get so tired and don't even want to go out
till I met you guys. Thank you very much for all your hard work
and your PASSION.
I just wanted to share my thoughts
with you. Have a great week and keep up the good work.
From: Ray Hernandez Sent: Friday, March 07, 2008
Hi!.... I recently moved out of
state and unfortunately, I cannot attend your awesome classes
I miss South Beach!!...Thanks for
your lessons...Sincerely, Ray.
From: James of the Miami Beach
Salsa Meetup Group Sent: Saturday, March 01, 2008 6:38 PM To: email@example.com Subject: James just RSVPed for Salsa Saturday at Salsa Mia
I was there yesterday. I'm in town from
Austin Texas for a few days. Great place, lots of friendly people!
Zinaida Sent: Friday, February 29, 2008 6:15 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: You are the best!
I would like to thank you for wonderful time I have spent at Salsa
Mia. You have succeeded to create a very natural atmosphere for you
guests and collect the best instructors in Miami. I tell to my
friends about Alex, Alexito and Klaudia who I miss very much.
Nobody can take their places in my heart, so I decided to wait with
salsa before I am back in Miami. I have zouk classes here instead.
Looking forward to meet you again,
From: Norah Azoulai Sent: Monday, February 25, 2008 3:37 PM To: email@example.com Subject: Saturday Evening Class
Hello Salsa Mia
I just returned
from a weekend in Miami Beach with some friends and we attended
your Saturday evening class (level 1).
We had so much
fun. Thank you very much for helping us feel comfortable,
as none of us had ever tried Salsa, we were very nervous about
trying the class. Your staff made us feel right at home
and we are still talking about how much fun we had.
Thank you, &
see you next time.
Advertising & Promotions Manager
I-Ride Trolley District Office
Subject:Thank you, a very nice
experience. Received: December 20, 2007 From:
Alex & Susie,
I attended the Salsa Class @ Energy Fitness for the first time
Tuesday. I must honestly tell you that it was my most enjoyable
and beneficial lesson ever taken. The place, teaching room,
dance wood floor, is great. The instructor was very
knowledgeable, respectful and encouraging.
Alex you are a true professional!
I've been taking group lessons now for about nine months. I'm
looking forward to Salsa Mia's help in becoming a better dancer
and making it to the "advance level" in the year 2008.
May you enjoy a "Merry Christmas" and a wonderful "New Year
Ray Perez ( Sugar Ray)
Subject: Thank You!
Received: November 13, 2006 From: Greta Gorman-Webb
I just wanted to thank Salsa Mia. I went for the second time this Friday and I
brought 4 friends. Two came for the lessons and the
other 2 came for dancing later. I have been
dancing salsa for almost 7 years now, but I have
basically just have been practicing on my own and I go
salsa dancing almost every weekend. I wanted to
start taking lessons because I want to perfect my
skills. I love the classes at Salsa Mia and I hope
to start coming every Friday and Sunday that I can.
I just wanted to thank all of you for such a wonderful
time. Everything is very organized with the punch
cards and registration. The instructors are very
kind and great dancers. Great job with everything
that you all are doing!!!!! I also wanted to
commend you all with Fridays classes with the taping for
the Food Network and all. There were a lot of
people and there was a lot going on, but everything went
very smooth and I could tell there was great
Gracias y Dios Te Bendiga!!!
Greta L. Gorman-Webb
Quality Improvement Programs
October 7, 2006 From:
I guess I am in one of those inspirational moments which compel
me to share.
My son Jose finally joined me to “Salsa Mia” one Sunday many
months ago, after much persuasion from me expressing my desire to
learn Salsa Casino and him getting in tune with his roots.
It was difficult for him being so young, and never being exposed
to Latin music as a child (me too), he made me proud. It was our way
of spending time together since he would be off to college and life
for us would change forever.
When we arrived at Salsa Mia we were greeted by a very special
lady, Liliana, who was professional and showed her kindness to the
max, even when I asked her to dance with my son to give him some
tips as I was not able to. After that Sunday, I did not return for
sometime. Had to come back though, I had purchased a card. Finally, a couple of months after I forced myself to return just to use up
the card, and found I really enjoyed it. It is what I truly enjoy, a
place with great music where you can meet lovely people and get a
great workout too.
Yesterday, I brought two girl friends to show them the place that
I disappear to early on Friday and Sunday, that makes me so happy
and I am always talking to them about. They enjoyed themselves
I thank Liliana once again for making my friends feel welcome,
even though we were a little late for class , and for always making
me feel special when I go there by myself . ( that is not easy). She
gives us the confidence to , “Move out of level three!” She is
a special person.
I wish you all much continued success. Your company should be
known, not only for its’ great instructors and staff, but also as
being a safe haven for people that enjoy a night club environment,
socialize with people from all walks of life ( we all have our
story), and have a love for music that lights up not only the body
but the soul!
Keep on Dancing!
Subject:Thanx for a great time! Received: July 27, 2006 From:
break from it all, I came down last weekend from Washington DC. I've
been to SoBe on a number of occasions but never got to dance salsa
in the past because I didn't find anywhere with good music and
dancers. Well, I certainly wasn't disappointed this time! Been
dancing for a few years, but I'm fairly new to Rueda.
You all run an impressive class!
Keep up the good work. I'll certainly spread the word to the many
salseros & salseras in the DC area.
Thanks to Benny for correcting my basic. Man, have I gotten lazy on
my steps over the years! And thanks to Klaudia for letting me join
the Beg. 2 circle and helping me out. Save a dance for me the next
time I visit!
Posted on Thu, May. 04, 2006
The Miami Herald
Congratulations to Marely and
Alex for winning this contest and the final last Sunday at
We are proud of you!
Salsa Mia Team
SUNNY ISLES BEACH
Perfect dancing combo earns $500 for mambo
Pollo Tropical's Mambo for
the Perfect Combo dance contest awarded $500 to the pair of dancers
who best complement the restaurant's new Steak & Chicken Combo
BY BETSY MARTINEZ
When the beats to Oscar De Leon's Sigue Tu Camino came on,
there was no stopping Mareley Coro and Alexander Hoffmann.
The couple stepped to the tune and edged out five other couples who
wanted to be the star representatives of a chicken and steak dish.
Six couples, ranging in age from 8 to 82, shimmied and shagged to
salsa, hip-hop and reggaeton music Sunday, while a crowd of Pollo
Tropical customers cheered them on at the Mambo for the Perfect
Combo dance contest in Sunny Isles Beach.
Pollo Tropical searched for the perfect pair of dancers to
complement its newest menu item, the Steak & Chicken Combo Mambo.
The fast-food chain's regional dance contest took place outside of
its Sunny Isles Beach location at 17084 Collins Ave. Proceeds of the
competition will benefit the Greater Miami YMCA of South Dade.
Radio Personalities Lazarito and DJ Nino from WRTO-FM (98.3) La
Kalle's El Traqueteo morning show hosted the event and judged the
''We're looking for good technique, good moves and good
chemistry between partners,'' Lazarito said.
And the judges saw just what they were looking for in Coro,
26, and Hoffmann, 27, who received a $500 cash prize and a chance to
win a $3,000 grand prize at SunFest in West Palm Beach on Sunday.
''We feel great and we're going to do what everyone in Miami does
with $500; we're going on vacation,'' said Coro, who lives in Miami
with Hoffmann, her husband of four years. The couple, who teach
salsa at Salsa Mia in Miami Beach,
couldn't agree on a vacation destination, but were thinking about
getting away to Orlando for Coro's 27th birthday later this month.
Coro and Hoffmann will compete against the couple who won Pollo's
regional dance contest in Orlando last Saturday and another couple
who won in West Palm Beach.
Pollo Tropical has promised to donate 153 Steak & Chicken Combo
Mambos -- which totals the number of people who attended the contest
on Sunday -- and dance lessons from Salsa Lovers to children and
their families who attend the South Dade YMCA, located at 9355 SW
134th St. Customers can also jive in on the action by purchasing a
Steak & Chicken Combo Mambo and taking the receipt to Salsa Lovers,
located at 9843 SW 40th St., for a free group dance lesson.
Another duo who was energized to compete were brothers Jonathan
Quintana, 8, and Rodolfo Quintana, 9, who have been dancing hip-hop
since they were 4 years old.
''We [were] nervous but dancing is a good way to stay active and
make friends,'' said Jonathan, who won a $25 gift certificate to
Pollo Tropical for placing third in the contest.
Although some couples considered themselves professional dancers
and brought along their own music, Allan Cohen, 63 and Sheri Shonek,
82, competed for the first time.
''Look at these young kids,'' Cohen said. ``They should have had
a category for seniors.''
Salsa Mia Team Received: March 29, 2006 From:
I know how hard you have been working to keep Salsa
Mia at an outstanding level. We can see all your
dedication and efforts to keep Salsa Mia staff,
students and dancers very happy. You are very
professional and a wonderful boss and friend!
I am very lucky to be part of Salsa Mia staff. Thank
you for all the joyousness that week by week your
offer to all the people who are part of Salsa Mia.
Keep up your
God Bless You!
Calle 8 and more from Estuardo Received: March 09, 2006 From:
I am SO proud of you for what you've been able to build -- it's
been something to see during the last several months. And the Salsa
future's so bright I gotta wear shades!
Re: Salsa Mia: New member of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce Received: March 03, 2006 From:
Te felicito Susie,
estas haciendo un gran trabajo con Salsa Mia.
Que sigan los
an appreciation Received: February 23rd, 2006 From: Laura Boytz
This isn't really a
question, just an appreciation of you folks and what you're doing.
I was visiting
Miami from the San Francisco Bay Area last weekend and went to your
Friday night event. Some of my friends here in the Bay Area
had warned me about the "unfriendliness" of the Miami salsa scene,
but my experience at your event was just the opposite -- people
seemed very friendly and welcoming, even when I insisted that I
could jump into the advanced circle (which I did) -- the other
dancers seemed happy to tell me what was different when a move was
called that I didn't expect, and everyone seemed to be having a good
time. The friend I was visiting wasn't feeling
well so we didn't stay past the classes, but next time I'm in Miami
I sure will look up salsamia events!
Thanks for the
great Miami welcome,
Received: February 24, 2006 From:
Susana has been my
sister for most of my life, so I'm a bit biased. Even so...
Salsa Mia has
become a fantastic place! Susan and I talk daily, and I know all the
hard work she and her associates put in to make the events happen
for everyone every week.
importantly, she talks non-stop about how to make sure that all of
her guests at every event have a great time!
In fact, that's how
Salsa Mia got started. Salsa Susie wanted to create a fun club where
people of all ages and all experience levels could get together,
have fun, work up a sweat and meet new like-minded folks!
I'm impressed by how she has stayed
focus on the *real* bottom line: having fun.
Re: Salsa Mia ::: 2 New Nights of Salsa
Received: February 23, 2006 From:
Good job, guys on
opening 2 new nights!!!
RE: New Salsa Night - Vote - Sundays or Wednesdays? Received: February 09, 2006 From:
Hi! I think it's a great idea to add
a salsa class. I'll vote for Sundays. See you!
New Salsa Night - Vote - Sundays or Wednesdays? Received: February 08, 2006 From: Daniela Rosales
Wednesday night!! I'm so glad you are opening a new night, one is