STEP OUT ft. Dr. Jose G. Valdes DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC

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Welcome to Episode 118 of the Salsa Kings LIVE podcast

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Welcome to Episode 118, “STEP OUT,”, in today’s episode, we have a special guest, Dr. Jose Valdes, a psychiatrist with a unique perspective on salsa and mental health. We dive deep into the nitty gritty of mental health and its relationship with dancing as an art form.

Key Points:

  1. Cuban Roots: Dr. Jose Valdes shares his journey from Cuba to Miami, shaping his unique perspective on salsa and mental health.
  1. Salsa Discovery: Introduced to salsa through quinceañeras, Jose’s passion for dance ignited.
  1. Salsa Education: Progressing from a beginner to an advanced instructor at Salsa Kings.
  1. Holistic Approach: Jose emphasizes a holistic approach to mental health, considering symptoms and daily life.
  1. Social Media Impact: Excessive social media usage negatively affects mental health; awareness and conscious use are essential.
  1. Delayed Response: Jose advocates not immediately responding to messages to improve focus and reduce stress.
  1. Dancing Benefits: Discover the link between dancing and reduced dementia risk, along with numerous brain benefits.
  1. Prescribing Activities: Jose’s innovative approach involves prescribing joy-inducing activities, often featuring music, as a form of mental health treatment.


  • “Salsa is not just a dance; it’s a connection to your soul.”
  • “In the world of mental health, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach.”
  • “Social media can be a double-edged sword; it’s about using it consciously.”
  • “Dancing is not just a physical exercise; it’s a mental workout and a social experience.”
  • “Activities like dancing can be effective in treating mental health conditions.”

Closing Thoughts:

In today’s episode of “STEP OUT,” we’ve explored the fascinating connection between salsa, mental health, and the power of dance. Dr. Jose Valdes reminds us that our mental well-being is deeply intertwined with our daily choices and activities. Whether you’re a salsa enthusiast or not, the lessons learned here can apply to anyone seeking a healthier, more balanced life. So, take a step out of your comfort zone, embrace the joy of dance, and nurture your mental health.

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