Salsa! Facts

A brief history of the dance that we love : Salsa :

Salsa is a syncretic dance form with origins from Cuba, as the original meeting point of European and African cultures. Its movements originate in Cuban Son, with strong influences from Mambo, Guaguanco, and other Afro-Cuban music.

Salsa is normally a partner dance, although there are recognized solo forms, line dancing (suelta), and Rueda de Casino where groups of couples exchange partners in a circle. Salsa can be improvised or performed with a set routine.

Salsa is popular throughout Latin America, and also in the United States, Spain, Japan, Portugal, France, Italy, Germany, Israel and Eastern Europe.

Here are some interesting facts about Salsa!

Salsa movements originate from the Cuban Son dancing of the 1920s

Salsa traces a 90 year history in which there are a multiple evolutionary paths, sometimes split due to political and social influences.

Today, there are three major salsa styles, namely Cuban Salsa (Casino), New York Style ("Mambo On2"), and Los Angeles Style ("On1"). Other Salsa branches include Colombian Salsa ("Cali-Style") and Miami-Style Salsa.

Music suitable for dancing ranges from about 150 bpm (beats per minute) to around 250 bpm, although most dancing is done to music somewhere between 160–220 bpm.