Sal­sa is def­i­nite­ly one of the most roman­tic dances out there. It’s a dance of seduc­tion and pas­sion, char­ac­ter­ized by very sen­su­al move­ments and a lot of hip action.

It’s also a ter­rif­ic dance for begin­ners. It’s a great choice if you want to start learn­ing Latin Amer­i­can Dances. It’s easy to learn, it’s fun, and it does­n’t involve too much tech­nique. Basi­cal­ly, it can be learnt by any­one. If you can walk, you can def­i­nite­ly learn how to dance Salsa.

In this arti­cle we’re going to take a brief tour through the his­to­ry of Sal­sa. The his­to­ry of this Latin-Amer­i­can dance is not eas­i­ly defined. We can say it’s a fusion of many Latin and Afro-Caribbean dances that has evolved sig­nif­i­cant­ly over time. Some say it orig­i­nat­ed in Cuba, oth­er say Puer­to Rico. We’ll prob­a­bly nev­er know. What we do know for sure is that it’s very pop­u­lar all around the world and still remains one of the main dances in both Cuba and Puer­to Rico.

What about the word “Sal­sa”? That’s an inter­est­ing ques­tion. The word means “sauce” in Span­ish lan­guage. In 1930s when Cuban com­pos­er Igna­cio Pine­r­io wrote the song Echale Sal­si­ta, this word became a pop­u­lar nick­name for many dances of Latin Amer­i­can ori­gins, includ­ing rhum­ba, cha cha, mam­bo, dan­zon, merengue, guaracha, and others.

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We could say that many of the above men­tioned dances were def­i­nite­ly strong influ­ences. They actu­al­ly played a big role in its evo­lu­tion. If we take a clos­er look, we’ll quick­ly dis­cov­er how sim­i­lar Sal­sa is to Mam­bo. They both have six steps danced over eight counts of music and they share many of the same moves.

Today, there are many dif­fer­ent styles of Sal­sa. Usu­al­ly, they’re named after the geo­graph­ic area in which the indi­vid­ual style was devel­oped. For exam­ple: New York Style, LA Style, Cuban Style, Colom­bian style, Puer­to Rican style, Mia­mi style, and so on. They are all Sal­sa, but they have dif­fer­ent tim­ings, step pat­terns, turns, moves, and so forth.

Regard­less of the style, Sal­sa is one of the most pop­u­lar Latin dances with well estab­lished com­mu­ni­ties all over the globe. It’s great for begin­ners and one of the eas­i­est dances to learn. This is actu­al­ly the main rea­son why it’s so popular.

Source by Marie Gel­lard