The history of Salsa . . .

Salsa is one of the most popular latin rhythms in the world. Its roots are in the music of central and south America, but salsa as a dance was actually born in New York. Here, thousands of latinos worked during the day in low paying jobs, meeting up at night to dance and play. They came from various latin countries, primarily Puerto Rico, Cuba, Colombia and Venezuela, each with different styles of dance, to create a new form – a delicious mixture called salsa.

Types of salsa

Salsa music can be split into two different styles – the Romantic and the Rhythmic.

The music speaks about poverty, discrimination, social injustice, and critiques the consumer society, while the Romantic form of salsa sings about love.

The structure of salsa music

Salsa is based on the “Son Cubano” from Cuba and different styles of Afro-Caribbean music, but is played faster and a little more aggresively.

How to dance salsa

Salsa is a danced as a couple with a 4-4 beat. In each of the four beats only the first three are danced. On each beat one foot is placed on the ground and the weight is shifted onto the other. The fourth beat is marked by a little tap of the toe or the heel. The steps and turns are danced according to the abilities of the couple, but the real mark of salsa is the erotic swing of the hips.

Of course, there are regional variations: In Cuba the hip movements are accentuated while in Colombia salsa is identified by lots of small kicks. In Puerto Rico, in contrast, salsa is much more Light-hearted and is danced with lots of flair.

Salsa is a sensual and at the same time easygoing style of dance. Erotic movement of the hips is a central feature, with a leaning posture, while the hands continually move in circles helping the couple maintain their agility. Salsa is a play between man and woman as they separate, turn, come together again, sensually enticing and alluring.

 

 

 

 

“Salsa is not just a dance . . .  it is also a way of life!”