Salsa

History

salsacoupleSalsa is not easily defined. No one really knows who even “invented” Salsa. Was it the Cubans or the Puerto Ricans? Salsa is a term which encompasses many Latin and Afro-Caribbean dances; and each played a large part in its evolution.

This blending of rhythms and music from several cultures also occurred to smaller degrees and with different variations in other countries like the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Puerto Rico, and Central America. New York created the term “Salsa”, but it did not create the dance. The term became popular as a nickname to refer to a variety of different music from several countries of Hispanic influence.

Dance Characteristics

The “basic” step generally consists of 6 steps done in a “quick-quick slow; quick-quick slow” rhythm.

Depending on location, the Salsa “basic” varies. Three common basics are:

Cumbia (side, close, side) (3 steps to the right; and 3 steps to the left)

Rock-step, side; Rock-step side

Forward and backward

The footwork is generally “Ball Flat” throughout the dance. Ball Flat is a term indicating that the ball of the foot is the first part of the foot to come in contact with the floor and will receive the pressure from the weight change before the rest of the foot. The weight is then transferred to the Flat of the foot as the weight change is completed.

Though Salsa music ranges in speed, it is generally a lively, quicker-paced dance than its Latin counterparts of Cha Cha, Rumba, Bolero.

While Cuban Motion is still used in Salsa, it is not as pronounced as in slower dances.

Generally speaking, Salsa dancers “break” on count 1 of the measure. However, like its cousin, the Mambo, breaking on count 2 is also acceptable

Salsa is one of the most popular dance in latin night clubs.

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