Lisa Valdes, is founder of SMASH & Vegas Stiletto Fitness, a Las Vegas native. Lisa studied from early childhood at Fern Adair Conservatory of the arts in ballet, tap, jazz, and gymnastics. She was a cheerleader & competing gymnast. Later she trained in ballroom, salsa and belly dance. She won numerous salsa competitions and performed professionally for many Las Vegas hotel/casinos, corporate, and community events. Some of her career highlights include providing entertainment for the famous former Vegas magicians, Siegfried & Roy and touring with the famous Latin Star, El General. She was also lead dancer/choreographer for performing show band, “Suave” at the Las Vegas Tropicana Hotel. Lisa directed the dance troupe “Latin Desert Girls” and was a salsa performer for the Sin City Salseros.
"I was super shy as a child, and dancing is what helped my confidence as I grew up, so it had always been a passion of mine to teach others confidence through dance" ~Lisa
Lisa started the first dance program for the Clark County Libraries recreation center. She was awarded & recognized by Clark County, NV Parks & Recreation for her dedication. She also lived in Miami for a few years and taught kids cheer, bellydance, & Salsa at Goodlet Park Theater of Hialeah. In 2005 she returned to Las Vegas and for 5 years she ran SMASH, a cultural dance/fitness/ & martial arts studio. SMASH was recognized by Senator Reid in Nevada for supporting cultural types of dance classes Now Lisa manages over 30 SMASH programs, a staff of over 10 instructors, and herself teaches Latin Rhythms, ZUMBA, ZUMBA Sentao, Bellydance Fitness, SMASH children classes, & her own national brand she created called Vegas Stiletto Fitness.
Lisa Valdes is active in many charitable organizations in San Antonio where they now reside. Lisa is the founder of "SMASH Dance Project " organization to help raise funds in order to offer community events and scholarships for at risk youth so that no one is denied the opportunity to get fit or take lessons in the arts. In Las Vegas she helped raise over $2000 for Nevada homeless youth and now in Texas she volunteers teaching Zumba to Moms who are going through drug/alcohol rehabilitation. Proceeds from SMASH performances are also given back to community organizations.
Our mission is to help youth & adults achieve their fitness goals, teach our instructors to give back by sharing their own talents with others, and give our students the opportunity to use their energy in a positive outlet through the expression of dance & fitness. We work hard to accomplish this through SMASH.
Ms. Aisha M.
SMASH Daycare Creative Dance Instructor Aisha M. is excited to be part of the staff at SMASH where she can finally combine her love of teaching children and performance art. In addition to 3 years as a preschool teacher at an area daycare, she is also an accomplished singer, actress and dancer having performed in regional commercials, various music revues and in local theater productions around the city including San Pedro Playhouse, Josephine Theater and Jumpstart Theater. She is also the founder and artistic director of The Girls of S.A.S.S, a performance group rapidly making a name for themselves with their brand of style and community service. She is the director of our SMASH Daycare Creative Dance programs of San Antonio and is an independent instructor for our Vegas Stiletto Fitness program. She is also a certified Fitness Pole Instructor.
Ms. Brandy P.
SMASH ASSISTANT DIRECTOR /KIDS Dance instructor
Brandy P. is excited to offer her skills and knowledge to her students at SMASH. She is a recent graduate of Northwest Vista College, in May of 2012, where she earned her Associate of Arts degree in dance. There, she studied various forms of dance, became part of the Repertory Dance Ensemble, and performed in multiple dance concerts. She plans to continue her education to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degree. Art has always weighed heavily in her life, since starting ballet when she was 4 years old, to taking hip hop summer classes during her high school years at Sandra Day O‘Connor High School. Also, during high school, she discovered her drive and passion for wanting to be a choreographer. So, joining the Smash family has allowed her to fulfill this dream. Dancing, scrap booking, baking, and being with her beloved cockatiel are just a few of the many activities she enjoys on her free time. Coming from a military family, she has had the opportunity to study, travel & experience from different states.
Ms. Amy E.
Kids Hip Hop SMASH CAPTAIN INSTRUCTOR Amy E. hiphop and popper: has been dancing her whole life. She started getting serious about it 2years ago after winning numerous competitions including, stxym(south Texas youth ministries) kapa tau(college division), district fine arts 2011 competition (awarded merit, a highest score u can have) Nations fine arts competition kapa tau(college division) awarded merit 2011. She was the fine arts director and coordinator for 4 years and worked with Hype Sacada for over a year as assistant choreographer and dancer (may '10) *Art camp in summer of '11 as the Hip Hop choreographer & Back up dancer for Jackie Carter who opened up for Pastor and gospel singer Marvin Sapp. This young super talented instructor is loved by the SMASH students as she shares her talents with them and guides them in very creative hip hop dance moves. MS. AMY TEACHES EVERY SATURDAY AT 12:10PM!
Kids Hip Hop Instructor Daphne B. dancer/singer/guitar player/choreographer is one of the youngest of the SMASH Dance family. She was first introduced to dancing when she was 7 years old being enrolled in a summer jazz class at North Vista College. From that time on, she started performing around family and friends. She then joined the Hype Group of San Antonio dancing among selected young teens to perform in an audience around Texas. Her biggest influencing factors are Brian Puspos, Ian Eastwood, Olivia “Chachi” Gonzales, Usher, Justin Bieber, and of course the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. She continues to choreograph dance routines at studios when invited but enjoys her time mostly with her regular Hip Hop dancers at SMASH! This up & coming rising star teaches her amazing hip hop moves to her SMASH students with a lot of patience and passion, the kids absolutely look up to her. MS.DAPH TEACHES EVERY MONDAY 7:30PM AT WESTCREEK SMASH PROGRAM
Mr. Albert E.
Zumba Gold Instructor
Albert started his fitness career in Chinese Kenpo Karate to help stay fit and keep active. He also graduated from Our Lady of the Lake University with a degree in Liberal Arts. During that same time, he proudly served in the Texas Army National Guard, Mechanized Infantry Unit, last position as Company Commander, Captain. Later he trained in ballroom and then discovered and fell in love with Zumba.
He is certified in Zumba Basic, Zumba Toning, Zumba Gold, and Zumba Gold/Toning. Zumba Toning combines the excitement of Zumba Basic with body-sculpting exercises and Latin infused music. The students have an opportunity to use Zumba toning sticks to benefit the muscle developing aspect. Zumba Gold modifies the moves and pacing to suit the needs of the active older participant as well as those beginners just starting their journey to a fit lifestyle. Zumba Gold Toning combines the exhilarating experience of a Zumba Fitness Party with the benefits of safe and effective strength training. All this combined with a hot Latin beat still makes it a party. ALBERT TEACHES EVERY WED.6:30PM & SATURDAY 9:30AM!
Ms. Amber C.
I LOVE ZUMBA!!! I'm a mom of 3 AMAZING & very energetic boys! Zumba is the PERFECT "me" time to de-stress from being a busy wife and mom. ZUMBA is so much FUN and it feels like you're at a fitness PARTY every class!! After having my 3 babies back-to-back, I was at my highest weight of about 180 lb. and I hated to workout! I LOVE to dance though! Zumba was a perfect fit. My youngest is now about to be 3 yrs., old and I am in the BEST shape I have ever been in! I feel GREAT!Taking and teaching ZUMBA has motivated me and pushed me past my weight loss goals. As an instructor, it is so rewarding to motivate and encourage others reach their goals too!
You can ALWAYS expect my class to be pack with positive energy and loudness! I like to keep the class at a high intensity level with modifications to fit every fitness level and still give you the availability to push yourself. I want you to TEST your LIMITS! I promise, you will "SPARKLE" (sweat) by the time class is over! If you are interested in nutrition and supplements to help boost your weight loss success, please contact me and we will work together to reach your goals! Hope to see you in a class SOON! Contact me via email or facebook to get your first class FREE!!
Ms. Wendy A.
Adult Hip Hop Instructor Wendy has been dancing since the age of six and has loved dance for as long as she can remember. She has been formally trained in Hip Hop, Jazz, Modern and Hawaiian and loves any and ALL styles of dance. She is also a certified Vegas Stiletto Fitness instructor. Wendy has taught everything from Contemporary Jazz to adult fitness classes, to coaching youth cheerleading. She has been choreographing and teaching Hip Hop in various studios for 8 years and is happy to call SMASH home. Wendy feels blessed to be able to do what she loves and share her passion for dance with others.
Mrs. Rhoda G.
Hey everyone, my name is Rhoda! From a very early age I've always had a love for fitness and sports. Growing up I played on pretty much every sports team my school offered. After high school I graduated from the Virginia Institute of health and healing as a massage therapist. After graduating from there my husband and I moved to Texas where I've worked in childcare for the past nine years. When I started coming to Smash, I knew I was looking for a career change but I didn't know Id find it here! I was able to merge my love of fitness and my knowledge of the body into becoming a kickboxing instructor. I enjoy every aspect of teaching my class but mostly I enjoy the people who come here and make me feel like part of the family. Everyone who comes here is ready to work out hard, so it makes being an instructor feel very easy. I hope to leave everyone I meet feeling better about their body and motivated to come back every week stronger. I'm thankful every day I can do a job I love and I'm grateful to Smash for providing not only that opportunity, but the positive changes it made for me as a person! "When in doubt, dance it out!"
Ms. Yessika Gamboa
Kids Dance Instructor
Yessika Gamboa, Singer, Dancer, and Actress. Yessika is the daughter of SMASH director , Lisa. Yessika has been performing since the age of 4 winning numerous pageant competitions. Trained in ballet and gymnastics at Fern Adair Conservatory, acting & singing workshops at M&A Management, Commercial workshops at Robert Feldman Productions, Kickboxing at Master Toddy’s Studio, and vocal and recording training with V&V Production, Hi-Rollers Production, and i.mar Entertainment. In addition was invited to sing for various Las Vegas Hispanic events, kidz mania, and Harrahs Hotel Cinco De Mayo Fiesta. All this before the age of 12. This multi-talented performer went on to Miami and was part of Miami’s elite singing, drama, and captain of the dance team and was named Student Of The Year for Miami’s Goodlet Park Cultural Program. Yessika was a regular performer for the big brother big sister association where she was also invited to sing for South Beach 9-11 tribute and a featured singer and dancer in the city of Hialeah, FL 4th of July celebration for the mayor. After returning as a 2006 American Idol Seattle Washington Contestant, She went on to win 1st place for her high school’s Version of the contest “Liberty Idol” in 2007. Yessika started the first SMASH dance team in 2008 and was acknowledged for her diverse routines, took her dance team to win numerous competitions, and was asked to have her dance team open for the 2008 & 2009 Salsa Congress Show at the Tropicana Hotel. Yessika was also a National Anthem singer for the Summer All Stars Basket Ball games at UNLV. Yessika speacializes in teaching Hiphop. Jazz, Musical Theater, & Creative Dance. She also choreographs Quinceaneras, Sweet 16’s, Debuts, & Wedding First dances. She is a graduate of Los Angeles Recording School broadening her career as a music engineer. Yessika currently resides in Las Vegas and is a production coordinator for the House of Blues at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. She is also the Artistic Director for Broadway Kids by SMASH at Broadway Hall Studio in Las Vegas.