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New to the Santa Rosa, Calif. area: The JSmoothSalsa Salsa & Bachata Dance Party

Friday, 12 April 2013 20:22

Video Hot Picks!

Starting next week, will post a dance video we found most interesting to share!

The annual Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba Fling, "Deja Vu" is back with a vengeance at San Jose's CPAA, courtesy of DJ Jazzy Jez. Want more details?

The event schedule is up and the hotels are full. Will you be joining us for the 5th annual Reno Bachata Festival?

Wednesday, 10 April 2013 20:08

April '03 Monthly Newsletter

Highlights: New Website Launch
The End with Free Thursday


Wednesday, 10 April 2013 19:35

The End with Free Thursdays

Many of us fell in love with Free Thursdays at the Miraido Studio before we closed. Unfortunately, Thursday free in-class lessons will not be coming back.  Here's why.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013 11:40

JSmoothSalsa, The New Website has always made it a point to keep it's website clean and easy to navigate. We're also probably the first Salsa website to be at the newest web standard, HTML5. So why the big deal?

This year's 2013 Bachata festival has been formally announced!

Thursday, 04 April 2013 07:50

New Website Design Launched

I'm happy to announce that we've successfully upgraded our website, to a new design. We've also designed a few tricks into the website that wasn't possible back in 2009. Here's a list of our current features...

Thursday, 28 March 2013 23:55

March 2013 Update

Thursday, March 28:
We are also excited to announce that with the re-start of our classes we have taken the next steps to upgrade our website to the new web standard HTML5. The website will provide a better experience for our visitors complete with videos embedded into the website's background, mobile versions of the website, and amazing load speed.

Tuesday, March 26:
We've selected the venue for our future dance lessons. The building is under construction so we do not anticipate starting untll May 1, 2013. That's the good news. . The bad news is that you may not like its location. We will make a formal statement with all the details very soon.

Monday, March 25:
We are one step closer to re-opening beginning Salsa lessons. We have a meeting to look at the new place this week and we'll keep you updated.

Friday, 08 March 2013 00:56

5th Annual Reno Bachata Festival

5 Year Anniversary in Reno!

RENO BACHATA FESTIVAL Peppermill Resort & Casino

The very first bachata festival in the USA


- 3 days of Dance Workshops
- 4 Nights of Dance Parties
- 3 Rooms of Bachata, kizomba and salsa
- Dancing until 6am
- Dance Performances
- Dance Showdown
- Over 40 Dance Artists in the line-up
- over 60+ Dance Workshops
- Free Shuttle 24 hours to the hotel from the airport
- Bachata Dance Competition (1st Annual Bachata Internationals)
- Much more to come

We have moved Reno Bachata Festival dates on April 25-29, 2013

Still the same location: Peppermill Resort and Casino

Details, Line-up, Workshops are on

Presented by: Rodney Rodchata Aquino

Peppermill Room Rates...
- Montego Bay Wing $49 (Sun-Thurs) & $69 (Fri-Sat)
- Peppermill Tower $69 (Sun-Thurs) & $89 (Fri-Sat)
- Tuscany Tower $89 (Thurs- Sun) & $129 (Fri-Sat)

Book Room Here:

Important Note: Last year, our blocks were sold-out that nightly rate was too high. This year, do not wait! It will get sold-out. THE EARLIER YOU BOOK YOUR ROOMS, THE BETTER.

Book Online or Call 800-282-2444 and tell them you are from Caribbean Dance Festival or Reno Bachata Festival

Friday, 08 March 2013 00:53

5th Annual SF Salsa Festival

Three nights of world-class performances, dancing, competition and workshops with top salsa instructors, in the heart of downtown San Francisco.

Friday, 08 March 2013 00:35

Redesigned Newsletter

We've redesigned our newsletter to match the theme from the website. We're hoping with this new design to bring you content that's a lot more interesting than things about us. Some new content you'll see in the newsletter will be:

- Modules so that you can find what you like in the newsletter better

- Our video top picks that we want to share with you

- Dance events in the area you might be interested in

- Quick one-liner advice on dancing

- interesting news around the bay area that are non dance-related

- The most notable dance events

- Our videos

Thursday, 26 April 2012 14:54

JSmoothSalsa April Newsletter

J Smooth News
April 24, 2012

Great news! Although it will still be some time before we will open Miraido, I am excited to announce that we will be offering Salsa lessons on Fridays at a separate venue: Illusions Nightclub in Palo Alto!

So starting this Friday April 27, we will offer Salsa lessons from 8:30pm - 10:00pm. I will be djing Bachata and Salsa music following the classes for the club. 

We will offer Salsa lessons every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month (with the exception of May 11 due to a prior event arrangement). As usual refer to our Calendar on to verify we are teaching. 

I could really use your support on this! The club promoter and resident DJ have kindly ask that I start teaching at he club every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month. The club will be accommodating our classes by opening a bit early and hiring security. Help show that JSmoothSalsa has been a great help to the Salsa community by coming out to this Friday's lesson.

I'm sure everyone knows and misses the free Salsa Thursdays (I know I do) but please be aware that this is a Nightclub venue, not a studio with a low budget. Friday Salsa lessons will be a paid class. I have worked hard to put together a fair charge per person: $10 per student, $15 for couples. This is a huge savings during the club's usual cost of $15 per person regardless of couples! Oh! And this Friday will be a LIVE SALSA BAND!

Please show your support by coming out this Friday so that we make a good impression. I really don't want to waste the club's time and personnel if only a handful of people show up. First lesson will be this Friday April 27... no lessons on May 11... but we're back again at Illusions on April 24.


Here's a quick summary:

Salsa Lessons
8:30pm - 10:00pm
Cost: $10 per person ($15 for couples)

(if you are a SJSU student and you are under 21... please contact me for entry arrangements) 


Illusions Nightclub
210 S. California St.
Palo Alto, CA 

 OTHER Venues I'll Be Teaching at

In May In additions to Illusions Nightclub, I will be teaching BACHATA at two venues and dates in the month of May. If you're interested in Bachata, come out to the lessons!


May 5, 2012 (SATURDAY)

Tekila Rock 
250 East Java Dr.
Sunnyvale, CA

Bachata Lessons
8:30pm - 9:30pm

Followed by me DJing Bachata music.

Flyer Link 



CPAA (Deja Vu Event) Arts Center
6148 Bollinger Rd.
San Jose, CA

Bachata Lessons
8:30pm - 9:30pm

Followed by me DJing Bachata music. 

Flyer Link 



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It would mean A LOT if you could come out to this Friday's lessons at Illusions. The promoter has stressed on every phone call that we need to show the club that JSmoothSalsa is worth opening early for. The club has had a few dance instructors saying they could attract a big crowd to their lessons and always end up falling short of this. Needless to say, the club's owner and personnel really don't think highly of any dance instructors. Let's keep that from happening this Friday April 27.

I want to keep Salsa lessons at Illusions. This Friday will be a big step to making that happen. It will still take some time before I can re-start Miraido... in the meantime for those who have taken my lessons all these years... if I were to start asking for help this would be it!

Also, make sure you show up before 9:30pm. Although the lessons end at 10:00pm the club starts charging full price at 9:30pm. What are the fees again?

$10 each person (before 9:30pm)
$15 for couples (before 9:30pm)

SJSU students under 21 are welcome to come with prior arrangement. Please contact me by email prior to the evening. If you want to decide to come last minute, call or text me.

Jimmy Bui
Dance Instructor
J Smooth Salsa

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