interviews Salsa Mia - January 27, 2016
Samantha Brown visits
Salsa Mia - May 14, 2015
KSAT's Myra and Steve
learn to Salsa with Salsa Mia
Friday, June 7, 2013
KSAT's Myra Arthur and Steve Spriester decided to try
something that combines the footwork of Tim Duncan, the quickness of
Tony Parker, and the passion of Manu Ginobilli. KSAT was
covering the Miami Heat - San Antonio Spurs Playoffs!
Salsa Mia on HGTV's -
House Hunters International
Reconnecting family ties in
When Gio and Courtenay had son Marcello, it inspired them to
reconnect with his extended family in Barranquilla, Colombia.
But the city's bustling economy and subsequent booming rental
market, presents high hurdles on their hunt to find a suitable
family home, when House Hunters International dances into
Salsa Mia's Gio & Courtenay
Gio and Courtenay are great friends and part of the Salsa Mia
family. They learned to dance at Salsa Mia and met each other in
our classes, got married, had a baby and moved to Colombia on
one of life's big adventures!
Salsa Mia on CNN's Small Business Success
April 1, 2013
Salsa Mia Small Business Success
As featured on
CNN's HLN Morning Express
Salsa Mia teaches at the World's Largest Girlfriend Getaway
Feeling hot, hot, hot… Salsa!
a leisurely and complimentary breakfast at Loews Preston
Brassiere it was time to have fun and work off that extra
helping of pancakes with a salsa-dancing lesson held in Loews
Poinciana Ballroom. Everyone learned how to shake, sway and
sizzle on the dance floor with Miami’s best -Salsa Mia!
Salsa Mia in Fitness
Salsa Mia in Fitness Magazine Summer 2013
Salsa dance at the South Beach mecca
Salsa Mia, swiveling your hips to Miami's unofficial pastime.
Perfect your moves in classes, which begin at 6:30 pm and 8:00
pm and spill
over into Mango's Tropical Cafe afterward, complete with live
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 partners.
"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 the 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.
Magazine - Sizzling South Beach
May 2011 SHAPE MAGAZINE BY KIMBERLY A. DAILY
Discover all the sights, sounds, and
flavors of Miami's South Beach
Don't expect to just chill out in hot
Miami. From golden beaches to trendy fitness spots, you'll find
plenty of places to tone up too. Plan your trip with our top
picks where to sleep , eat, and play.
Where to learn Salsa
Dance off the calories at Salsa Mia's classes Every Night 6:30
pm and 8:00 pm at Mango's Tropical Cafe with classes, live
music and dancing all night. After a 2-hour class you'll get the
chance to show off your moves when the fiesta really heats up at
10:30 pm with a Sizzling Salsa Nightclub!
Mia on NBC6 South Florida Today
Mia on South Florida Today June 6, 2011
Join Salsa Mia's Summer of Fun! If you have been wondering what to do on hot summer
evenings; we have the answer -- Learn to dance Salsa!
Mia Featured on Game #1 of the NBA Finals!
Salsa Mia Heats Up the Screen May 31, 2011
Game #1 of the NBA Finals
Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks
Salsa Mia "Where Salsa really Sizzles"
Salsa Mia Goes To Jackson Hole Wyoming for Salsa Week
CoupTessa writes about Salsa Mia
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 Every Night
6:30 and 8:00 pm at Mango's on Ocean Drive.
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
Miami Herald: Dine and Dance at Salsa Mia
May 12, 2011
Salsa Mia is "just
the spot" to visit right in the middle of the action on Sexy
South Beach. Salsa Mia is full of fun energy and lots of
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.
Mia on Yelp
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 Night 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm at Mango's Tropical Cafe, Salsa Mia hosts
classes, live music and dancing all night is
your new secret weapon for achieving dance
floor supremacy (whether you knew you needed
to or not).
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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All day coverage
of the Heat's
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Salsa Mia Heats
up South Beach
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October 15, 2010
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We had a great time
South Beach on The Miami Herald's - Miami.com
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 is a
great place for
how to bust a
move in the
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
July 9, 2010 Written by: Ginny Nadolny for
Salsa Mia: Come learn sizzling
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 6:30 and 8:00 pm and run for about
See Salsa Mia
on Best of South Beach. Salsa Mia hosts Salsa Nights Every Night
6:30 pm and 8:00 pm at Mango's Tropical Cafe with classes, live
music and dancing all night.
Comfortable shoes with a leather or suede sole are best – make
sure they fit well and won’t slip off!
Miami comes to Salsa Mia
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Basketball Wives comes to Salsa Mia
VH1 Basketball Wives Episode 5
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.
4, 2010 Dhani learns to dance with Salsa
Mia & Super Bowl 2010 - Miami
Salsa Mia Showcase
Miami Style Salsa
Before the game!
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 Ocean Drive.
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. 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
Mia, where the party goes on
strong until the wee hours,
says Fisher, "everyone fits
Caponetto, Van Chaplin, Article
by Erin Shaw Street
Klaudia Szabo and Alex Ruiz Dancing
Healthy Getaway: Miami
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 Ocean
Drive, home to Salsa
Instructors from the
dance company Salsa Mia
teach the footwork and
timing of Cuban salsa
Salsa Mia hosts Salsa
Nights Every Night 6:30
pm and 8:00 pm at
Mango's Tropical Cafe
with classes, live music
and dancing all night.
"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.
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 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 2007.
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.
QUE SU LEMA
ES QUE EL
PARA ELLO SE
EN EL RITMO
el salón de
Beach con un
sus pasos en
la pista, o
mirar a los
que luego se
quedan en la
discos de El
Celia Cruz y
cada una de
la pista del
de que todo
esté bien, y
de paso para
que no tenga
20 horas de
en grupo o
tal vez le
que sea el
nada a la
saber que se
la salsa, a
pesar de que
dijo en una
la conocí en
que vengo a
de que a
tan alegre y
ya que a
dijo que no.
más de una
ella fue Wes
de unos 70
y por eso
en lugar de
dijo en alta
la sala. ``A
mi esposa no
irme a vivir
11:30 de la
lo cual el
por igual de
de ellos se
ropa vieja y
pero con un
de los que
Salsa Mia es
que a pocos
que queden a
medio de la
en un sofá,
se sumó a
de la pista,
de El Gran
una de las
irse con su
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.
See Salsa Mia on Best of South Beach
Salsa Mia hosts Salsa Nights Every Night
6:30 pm and 8:00 pm at Mango's Tropical
Cafe with classes, live music and
dancing all night.
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 Alonzo Mourning's
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 road on
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 for more
than two years
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
Every Night 6:30
pm and 8:00 pm
cover the gamut
of basic steps,
and classic rueda calls.
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 Salsa Mia,
where the party
goes on strong
until the wee
fits right in."
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
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 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
''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.
Written by Zest for Adventure Man,
Fact: Salsa 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 dancing.
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 "better night."
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.
See Salsa Mia on Best of South Beach
Salsa Mia hosts Salsa Nights Every Night 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm at Mango's Tropical Cafe with classes, live music and dancing all night.
"ANYWAY, we arrive at Salsa Mia for
our dance lessons provided. 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 Salsa Mia, 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 night."
Penelope and Scott dancing at Salsa Mia
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 Salsa Mia. 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 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 Crazy Miami
Salsa Mía provides fun and energetic salsa dance classes
Every Night 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm at Mango's Tropical Cafe. They pack
the venue with both tourist and locals. This is a sure thing for
having a great night out!
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.
Salsa Mia hosts their Salsa Every Night 6:30
pm and 8:00 pm at Mango's
Tropical Cafe with classes, live music and
dancing all night. 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
Salsa Mia Best of South Beach
Salsa Mia on Best of South Beach
Salsa Mia hosts Salsa Nights Every Night 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm at
Mango's Tropical Cafe with classes, live music and dancing all
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
lesson, put your new moves to the test at Salsa Mia's dance