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ABOUT

Laura "Lolita" Johnston, manager of MJ3 Productions and DJ Giovanni Giron decided to produce one big tropical Latin event in Boise in 2007. It was a risky adventure because it had never been done before. Plus, they had to fly in a band from the west coast and hope that everything according to schedule since there was no back up band in Idaho.

It was a big success! They both went on with their lives until the General Manager, Dean Hanson of the Knitting Factory called and said they loved the event and wanted to try having a regular Salsa event at the Knitting Factory with a DJ. Shortly after that phone call, Laura "Lolita" and DJ Giovanni started producing regular Salsa events at the Knitting Factory-Boise.

Their goal is to bring to Boise the very best tropical Latin music and dance events for everyone eighteen years and older. Working together, DJ Giovanni and Laura "Lolita" have successfully presented tropical Latin music and dance events since 2007. They strive to provide an inclusive and joyful environment welcoming people from all over Idaho and the world.

DJ Giovanni has been spinning tropical Latin music for clubs, events and celebrations in the Treasure Valley for over 20 years. Laura "Lolita" Johnston has been teaching beginner lessons for Merengue, Bachata, and Salsa to all ages of people for over 17 years. Together they are Salsa Idaho!

ACCOMPLISHMENTS


Latino Fest 2015 - 2019
Laura Lolita helped the producer of Latino Fest which is a free out door modern Latino event featuring food, music and other fun activities for kids on the Basque Block in down town Boise. DJ Giovan has been the DJ for the event since it began

SHINE After Party at Chow Public Market and Eatery 2018
Invited the public to watch Shine the movie premier 10/05/18 at Edwards 21 Boise Spectrum, a movie about family, conflict and Salsa music and dance! Following the move was a Salsa After Party with lessons, social dancing, food and drink

SALSA NIGHTS @ The Knitting Factory Boise, ID 2007 - Present
Produced by Laura "Lolita" of MJ3 Productions with DJ Giovanni
Salsa nights at the Knitting Factory include beginner lessons, local performances and social dancing

SALSA IDAHO FESTIVAL @ The Knitting Factory Boise, ID 2012 - 2015
Formerly the Idaho Salsa Congress, we changed the name to match our web site and Facebook page names

IDAHO SALSA CONGRESS @ The Knitting Factory Boise, ID 2007-2011
Produced by Laura "Lolita" of MJ3 Productions
DJ Giovanni played for all dance performances, lessons and band breaks
Typical Congress Events: Family Event, Workshop Dance Classes, Live Orchestra, Professional Salsa Dancers, Local Performances, Social Dancing
The 2007 Family Event was also part of the City of Boise 100th year celebration of Julia Davis Park

LATIN DANCE INSTRUCTION @ Various locations in Boise, ID 2005 - Present
Laura "Lolita" teaches beginner lessons in Merengue, Bachata, and Salsa in all area high schools, junior high schools, private parties, and special events

FIESTA TROPICAL @ The Knitting Factory Boise, ID Boise, Idaho 2009, 2011
Created and Produced by Laura "Lolita" of MJ3 Productions
Laura "Lolita" taught beginner lessons in Merengue, Bachata, and Salsa
DJ Giovanni played for all dance performances, lessons and social dancing
Featuring in 2009 - Trey McIntyre Project, Idaho Dance Theater, DROP Dance Collective, Treasure Valley Institute for Children's Arts (TRICA), Balance Dance Company performing Latin inspired dances, followed by beginner lessons for the audience and social dancing
Featuring in 2011 - Ballet Folklorico Mexico Lindo Idaho!, DJ Saya, Tabish & Friend, Treasure Valley Zumba teahcers

GENE HARRIS JAZZ FESTIVAL@ Boise State University Boise, ID 2009 - 2010
Laura "Lolita"provided Salsa dancers to accompany, the headlining Latin Jazz orchestras during the Gene Harris Jazz Festival at Boise State University

YPO HOLIDAY PARTY @ The Linen Building Boise, ID 2010
DJ Giovanni played for this beautiful private party for the Young Presidents Organization
Laura "Lolita" of MJ3 Productions provided Salsa dance performers and taught beginner lessons

PROMENADE MUSIC FESTIVAL @ The Blues Bouquet Boise, ID 2010
Laura "Lolita" worked with the Promenade Music Festival greeted guests, taught lessons and provided dance performances
Kent Jensen, SONia and disappear played live for the Latin Night at the Blues Bouquet
DJ Giovanni played for Salsa portion of the night

BEGINNER LATIN DANCE CLASS @ Forte Pilates Studio Boise, ID 2010
Laura "Lolita" taught beginner lessons in Merengue, Bachata, and Salsa for adult students

IDAHO SHAKESPEARE GALA @ The Shakespeare Festival stage Boise, ID 2009
Laura "Lolita" provided Salsa dancers for the gala auction and dance instruction at the auctioned Latin dinner party which brought in one of the highest bids

WORLD WINTER SPECIAL OLYMPICS (Trial Run) @ Boise State University Boise, ID 2008
DJ Giovanni played for a packed house with over 1,000 athletes, family, friends, dignitaries, officials, staff, and volunteers

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION @ The Knitting Factory Boise, ID 2008
Laura "Lolita" was on the executive committee of the Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for this event
DJ Giovanni played during dinner, band breaks and social dancing
Featuring: Sonora Dinamita, a live Latin band, dinner, local entertainment and social dancing

HEMINGWAY CUBAN CELEBRATION in Sun Valley, ID 2008
DJ Giovanni played for all dance performances, lessons and band breaks
Laura "Lolita" greeted guests, taught lessons and provided dance performances by Tabish & Becca

LATIN DANCE NIGHT @ Leku Ona Boise, ID 2007
Laura "Lolita" started a Latin night and taught beginner lessons for Merengue, Bachata, and Salsa followed by open social dancing

LATIN DANCING @ The Boise Cafe Boise, ID 2002-2005
DJ Giovanni played as a club DJ, taught beginner lessons, and helped established a 2nd night of dancing taking it to full capacity with lines around the building
Laura "Lolita" helped established Latin dancing at the Boise Cafe through marketing, advertising, teaching beginner lessons, being a DJ, helping as a bar back, creating and producing events, and greeting new people.

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