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OPEN HOUSE + FREE SOCIAL: Free Salsa Bachata Zumba Lessons 6-10pm

Posted on January 3rd, 2014 by by Dany J

Scarlet Mambo OPEN HOUSE Salsa Bachata Zumba

Scarlet Mambo OPEN HOUSE Salsa Bachata ZumbaScarlet Mambo OPEN HOUSE


We invite you to come and dance at the SCARLET MAMBO studio! Everyone is invited, new students, former students, new comers; everyone is welcomed! So please tell a friend that this is their chance to try out our classes for free! There will be raffles for dance lessons giveaways, and more!

Start the new year with us! New Years Resolutions do not have to be tough… join the party in 2014! Dance, party, get fit, have fun, enjoy the music and lights! Live life!!!

FRIDAY, JANUARY 10th, 2014

Scarlet Mambo Latin Dance Studio

FREE, yes FREE!!
Salsa Bachata Zumba Dance Lessons

6pm-8pm ZUMBA Time w/ Going Wild Zumba
8pm-10pm SALSA BACHATA Lessons w/ Scarlet Mambo

Followed by:
10pm – 2am

Salsa – Mambo – Cha Cha – Bachata




Posted on December 30th, 2013 by by Dany J

Next Beginners SALSA Cycle (Level 1)

Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 4:00pm &
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 7:30pm

Next Beginners BACHATA Cycle (Level 1)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 7:30pm

We are very excited to announce the new cycle of classes at the Scarlet Mambo Latin Dance Studio.

If you are looking to learn how to dance in a friendly, structured and consistent format, then these classes are for you. This is your chance to finally get on the dance floor with confidence, style and flair.

Learn to Dance Salsa - Scarlet Mambo SalsaOn2 Bachata

Salsa Thursdays at PERLE makes it to the Newspaper

Posted on April 1st, 2011 by by Dany J

Salsa Thursdays in PERLE, NJ on the Star Ledger: Newspaper ArticleOur weekly party, “Salsa Thursday at PERLÉ Nightclub w/ Dany J” made it to the Star Ledger Newspaper in an article on Friday, March 25th, 2011. The article is below, but you can also see this article in the Star Ledger’s website.

Salsa Celebration

by Tiffany N. Garlic

Women in high strappy sandals and men in dress shirts all groove to the same rhythm of blasting trumpets and soul-shaking drums. Even the most timid pull their hands out of their pockets and break away from the bar to attempt some sultry steps.

Perlé is bringing the New York salsa scene to downtown New Brunswick.

Every Thursday, the small Paterson Street nightclub trades in its Top 40 playlist for the pulsating beat of salsa. Started in 2009 as a response to the growing interest in Latin dancing and music, the salsa-themed dance night attracts enthusiasts of all skill levels.

A beginner’s class kicks off the festivities at 9 p.m., when instructors from the Highland Park-based Scarlet Mambo Latin Dance Studio, which promotes the weekly event, teach basic steps and turns.

“The nightclub is the perfect place for people to be exposed to Latin music and dance,” said Dany Joshua, artistic director for Scarlet Mambo. “There are classes around here, but this is a place where they can learn and be social.”

The hour-long class shows dancers how to transition from move to move and add their own flavor.

“Do a different pose every time, make it your own,” Joshua urged a group of about 30 people earlier this month.

Later, as the lights go down and the music turns up, the floor is not empty for long. Dancers show off fierce footwork, dizzying turns and hip rolls that would give professionals a run for their money. The sophisticated crowd ranges from mid-20s to early-50s, all displaying fascinating styles of Latin movement and rhythm.

Though you may feel more comfortable bringing a partner along, don’t be afraid to go solo, since it’s not uncommon for a stranger to ask someone to dance. The low-pressure environment is ideal for dancers of all levels to watch, improve their skills and soak up the culture.

There’s enough seating to perch on after you’ve built up a sweat from the fast-paced choreography. But pay attention as you make your way across the floor, in order to avoid collisions — it’s easy to get tangled up in twirling couples.

Rose-colored lighting adds a warm and exotic vibe to the crimson and chocolate-brown space, which shimmers with pearl white furniture. The main room serves as the dance floor while the secondary bar often hosts bands and provides a more intimate lounge atmosphere for conversation.

Melanie Thompson, 31, of Highland Park said she has been coming to the salsa night for about three weeks and couldn’t think of a better place to learn and socialize.

“It’s all about moving and feeling good and knowing your own vitality,” she said. “Plus, technically, everyone’s learning here, so there’s not as much pressure.”

Richard Reque, 43, of Plainfield, said it was hard to find a place to salsa without trekking to New York, but the salsa night ensured a full dance card each week.

“It’s very friendly,” he said. “We share the desire to dance and show off the steps that we’ve learned and really have a good time.”

Jorge Palomino, 28, of Milltown came to the salsa night for the first time and said it was exciting to see salsa in motion outside of class.

“I like that you can see beginners and professionals dancing together,” Palomino said. “It’s cool to actually show off what I’m learning and pick up steps from everyone else.”

Salsa Thursdays at Perlé Night Club & Lounge
Where: 13 Paterson St., New Brunswick
How much: $10 cover charge with free dinner buffet from 7 to 10 p.m. and a free salsa lesson from 9 to 10 p.m. (texting SALSANJ to 46786 can get the cover reduced to $5 or lower). Call (732) 391-1110 or visit

Use It or Lose It: Dancing Makes You Smarter

Posted on March 30th, 2011 by by Dany J

by Richard Powers

Dancing Makes you SmarterFor centuries, dance manuals and other writings have lauded the health benefits of dancing, usually as physical exercise. More recently we’ve seen research on further health benefits of dancing, such as stress reduction and increased serotonin level, with its sense of well-being.

Then most recently we’ve heard of another benefit: Frequent dancing apparently makes us smarter. A major study added to the growing evidence that stimulating one’s mind can ward off Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia, much as physical exercise can keep the body fit. Dancing also increases cognitive acuity at all ages.

You may have heard about the New England Journal of Medicine report on the effects of recreational activities on mental acuity in aging. Here it is in a nutshell.

The 21-year study of senior citizens, 75 and older, was led by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, funded by the National Institute on Aging, and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Their method for objectively measuring mental acuity in aging was to monitor rates of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.

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The study wanted to see if any physical or cognitive recreational activities influenced mental acuity. They discovered that some activities had a significant beneficial effect. Other activities had none.

They studied cognitive activities such as reading books, writing for pleasure, doing crossword puzzles, playing cards and playing musical instruments. And they studied physical activities like playing tennis or golf, swimming, bicycling, dancing, walking for exercise and doing housework.

One of the surprises of the study was that almost none of the physical activities appeared to offer any protection against dementia. There can be cardiovascular benefits of course, but the focus of this study was the mind. There was one important exception: the only physical activity to offer protection against dementia was frequent dancing.

Reading – 35% reduced risk of dementia

Bicycling and swimming – 0%

Doing crossword puzzles at least four days a week – 47%

Playing golf – 0%

Dancing frequently – 76%.


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Press Release: Latin Dancing Inspires New Jersey Fashion Designer

Posted on August 13th, 2010 by by Dany J


Fashion Show: Latin Dancing Inspires
New Jersey Fashion Designer

Perlé Nightclub hosts fashion show with
New Jersey’s professional dancers-turned-models.

Press Release – 2010.08.02 – Salsa Glam (PDF)

New Brunswick, NJ (August 2, 2010) – As the Latin beats of Salsa music play in the background and beautiful Salsa dancers in three-inch strappy heels move to the rhythm of the Latin percussion, New Jersey Fashion designer Elena Vasilevsky is preparing to unveil her newest fashion collection to the public at “SALSA GLAM”, her fashion show at PERLÉ Nightclub on August 19, 2010. Salsa dancing, the newest sensation throughout the U.S. and the world, has inspired Ms. Vasilevsky (Elena V) to create a special line of clothing aimed to showcase female Salsa dancers.

Salsa dancing is an exploding sensation in cities all over the U.S. and around the world with thousands of female dancers looking for trendy outfits to express their passion for Salsa. “My designs express my soul and my passion for dancing. Fragile femininity, mixed with high voltage passion drives me to design collections that radiate sensuality mixed with confidence”, says Ms. Vasilevsky. It is no secret that Salsa has grown from an underground club dance to a fully-mature art form with professional dancers teaching and traveling around the world. But Ms. Vasilevsky aims to energize regular, everyday women with sensuality to help them realize their dazzling potential on the dance floor.

“Any garment will look good on a professional fashion model. My creations reveal personalities and allow women to refine their own unique beauty, highlighting individuality regardless of perfect proportions. My goal is to discover and celebrate the diversity and beauty of every woman through my designs”, expresses Ms. Vasilevsky. Her fashion show at PERLÉ Nightclub will feature New Jersey’s professional salsa dancers, instructors and performers as models of her “Rhythm Collection”, which is inspired from the energy of Salsa dancers, as well as legendary icons like Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe.

For this event, Ms. Vasilevsky has collaborated with Mr. Dany Joshua to host the fashion show at PERLÉ Nightclub. They have attracted some of the most talented dancers from New Jersey. Mr. Dany Joshua promotes Salsa dancing in New Brunswick, New Jersey, at PERLÉ Nightclub every Thursday night, “Salsa Thursdays at PERLÉ with Dany J” is the title of this regular event.

Ms. Vasilevsky, originally from the Ukraine, is a graduate from Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
Mr. Dany Joshua is Salsa dance instructor, Salsa disc jockey and Salsa promoter dedicated to the promotion of Salsa music and Salsa dancing. Dany Joshua is a dance instructor at Rutgers University.

August 19, 2010 – 8:30pm
13 Paterson Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Questions – 732-391-1120
Online –

Please contact Gaby DiMarco at
732-391-1120, or by email at
Information in this release is current as of August 2, 2010.
For up-to-the-minute information on Salsa events,
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Press Release – 2010.08.02 – Salsa Glam (PDF)