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What is Salsa Dancing?

Salsa is the Spanish name for a spicy “sauce”. The dance is a flirtatious and sensuous one; more so than its ancestor, the Cuban Son. The Salsa Dance is  an amalgamation of ingredients. If you have always had a desire to learn how to dance the Salsa, chances are you are curious to find out

poleparty11Salsa is the Spanish name for a spicy “sauce”. The dance is a flirtatious and sensuous one; more so than its ancestor, the Cuban Son. The Salsa Dance is  an amalgamation of ingredients. If you have always had a desire to learn how to dance the Salsa, chances are you are curious to find out exactly what Salsa Dancing is.

 

Salsa Dancing is a marriage of casual dance styles which has its roots in Cuba and Puerto Rico, the Caribbean as well as Latin and North America; a fusion of Mambo, Guaguanc, Cuban Son and Danzn plus other dance forms in addition to styles which together make Salsa Dancing what it is today. The rhythmic Latin music plus a combination of African drum beats and Spanish guitar has morphed in the lovely Salsa rhythms which is so easily recognisable in the world of music today.

 

A bit of Salsa and Latin American Dance history:

 

During the war in Cuba in 1898, American soldiers developed a palate for Cuban rhythmic music and a little later during the years of prohibition in the States, Americans frequented Cuba where the drinking of alcohol was permitted; here the soldiers formed a passion for Latin American music.

 

During the early 1900’s there were already radio recordings that originated in Cuba and in 1932, American Radio went to Cuba to record the fabulously talented Orquesta – a group of ten female artists (all sisters), who played horns, percussion and other instruments, mutating into one of Cuba’s finest, and soon thereafter, Cuban music became part of the American music scene.

 

Some well-known names affiliated with Latin American music is Louis Armstrong, Stan Getz as well as other artists that sprinkled their music with a Latin American flavour, which evolved into Latin Jazz; of special interested is that Dizzy Gillespie hired a Cuban drummer, Chano Pozo in 1938.

 

Salsa Dancing

  • Salsa Dancing is danced with a partner, even though there are a couple of steps that are danced solo.
  • There are other steps that can be danced in groups of couples.
  • When couples dance in groups and exchange partners, this is called the Rueda de Casino.
  • Although Salsa Dancing is a social dance, it is often danced as performance dance.

 

The modernisation of the Mambo in the 1950s was influential in shaping what Salsa Dancing is today and in the 1970s, implementation of the term “Salsa” reduced the linguistic and cultural barriers to conventional adoption of Latin music and dance.