Torch some Cuban rug with today’s Groupon: $12 for one salsa dance class at Salsa Mía at Yuca Lounge ($40 value). Come with a partner or fly in solo on wings made out of ham. There are plenty of partners to go around, so you won’t be sitting in the corner a la high-school homecoming’s “boys-one-corner; girls-in-the-other; single-eyed, plunger-shaped tralfamadorians on the ceiling.”
Led by a crew of professional instructors, Salsa Mía classes are a great way to introduce your feet to the salsa beat, or to ratchet pre-existing skills to a level worthy of a spot in a Merle Haggard comeback music video. Beginners will learn all the steps and twirls needed to amputate that second left foot and leave a mark on the dance floor. Advanced dance machines will be challenged to learn new tricks by the highly experienced class leaders. Catch an insider’s peek of the studio with these pictures and videos.
Salsa Mía offers classes for all levels and all ages, but only on three days—Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Check the calendar for the full schedule of classes. Stay late after your Friday class, when the whole place erupts into a giant dance party. Like butterfly emerging from another butterfly, the studio undergoes a transformation from careful instruction to wild non-instruction. Show off your new moves, or pick up some scalding hot steps. Show up on the right night and you might even meet such famed Salsalitas as the Chiquita banana lady.
- For the novice dancer, Cuban salsa classes begin every week at 9 p.m., when impossibly attractive 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. – Rayme Samuels, Miami.com
Yelpers give Salsa Mía three and a half stars.
- If you are looking to learn to dance salsa, Cuban-style, Salsa-Mia @ Yuca is a good place to learn or practice your skills. – Heather D., Yelp
A Brief History of Salsa
Salsa dancing was invented in the late 1960s when the fancy-footwork and quick, determined steps used by salsa artisans to manually crush tomatoes gradually migrated to the dance floor and were paired up with the Cuban rhythms and other Latin touches of salsa music, which actually derives its name from the unrelated, but quite coincidental acronym Sexy Abdomens Let Seduction Accelerate.
Today, salsa dancing is practiced on every continent in the world, with the exception of Antarctica, where the hot music and heated passions would cause catastrophic ice shelving, which—in turn—would cool the oceans so dramatically that narwhals would most likely get big britches and think they're King Cold of Ice Ocean and start knocking our oil tankers around.
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Featured on CNN's HLN Morning Express, the energetic troupe of professional dancers at Salsa Mia infuses their students with the instincts to set dance floors ablaze during a schedule of Miami-style salsa classes. The studio’s lively classes encourage participants varying from beginners to advanced dancers to frequently switch partners as they practice salsa’s energetic fusion of rhythm, footwork, and diced tomatoes. Students come to learn solo, with a partner, or with a group of friends. Friday-night instruction transforms into a dance party, where participants can sip Cuban mojitos, mingle with their peers, and dance deep into the night to live music.