Lisa Valdes Romero, Founder of SMASH, Vegas Stiletto Fitness, and NuSMASH Project is a military wife, a mother, and a grandmother. A Las Vegas native, Lisa grew up as a competing gymnast for Fern Adair Conservatory of the Arts Las Vegas where she also trained in ballet, tap, and jazz. Later as an adult, she trained in ballroom and bellydance. Her love for performing on stage grew as she danced and choreographed for performing the show band, “Suave” , managed by her father, at the Las Vegas Tropicana Hotel. During this time, Lisa also directed the dance troupe “Latin Desert Girls” and was a salsa performer for the Sin City Salseros.
Her love for teaching dance started with the opportunity given to create a dance program at a Las Vegas recreational center for at risk youth. Having the freedom to teach what she wanted, she created dance programs for pre schoolers, salsa for kids & teens, bellydance for kids & teens, basic tumbling, and jazz/hiphop for kids. She was awarded & recognized by Clark County, NV Parks & Recreation for her dedication to dance. In 2005 she started SMASH, School of Martial Arts, Salsa, & Hiphop. SMASH was recognized by Senator Reid for conserving cultural dance classes. By 2008, SMASH was changed to School of Modern Arts, Salsa, & Hiphop to focus more on dance and fitness. In 2009, Lisa met her military husband Rob at SMASH who came to try kickboxing classes. Soon after, SMASH was moved to San Antonio, TX in 2010.
In San Antonio, Lisa & Rob teamed up to teach adult SMASH dance fitness classes and still offer fun recreational dance classes for kids. Zumba, Bollywood, Bellydance, VSF, Kickboxing, BossChick, & more was added to the adult programs while also offering Creative dance, Hiphop, & Breakdancing to kids. SMASH now has 12 instructors teaching 10 different dance & fitness programs 22 times a week at our main studio SMASH in San Antonio, and also at 3 Daycares, 1 Community Center, and Lisa’s daughter, Yessika, still runs 1 jazz/hiphop program in Las Vegas. Lisa also coaches over 50 dance instructors nation wide with her Vegas Stiletto Fitness brand, empowering women through dance.
The Romeros, reside in San Antonio but travel back & forth from San Antonio to Las Vegas. In 2015, NuSMASH Project a non-profit organization was born to offer affordable low cost or no cost dance fitness classes to the communities of Las Vegas and San Antonio while helping women and children in need. Working with the communities and helping others has become an ultimate passion now for Lisa, as she now continues to grow NuSMASH Project along with SMASH & VSF.
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.