Salsa Dance History

Salsa dance history is as contradicting as the history of the music. What we do know is that the name salsa fits perfectly, because that is exactly what it is; a mixture of many different flavors.

Salsa dancing is influenced by many different dance styles such as the Cuban Son and the African Rumba.

Salsa is worldwide

Salsa is one of the dances in both Puerto Rico and Cuba and they have been of great influence of what we know as salsa dance today.

Although the musical influences come from many different parts of the world everyone seems to agree that salsa dancing was cultivated in New York. The New York Latino community consists of mostly Puerto-Rican immigrants.

Salsa; Spanish for 'sauce'

Latin music and dance experienced a major breakthrough in the late 60’s, early 70’s when Latin music was marketed as salsa. The word salsa is Spanish for 'sauce'; spice flavor or mixture of ingredients.

The word salsa was quickly adopted worldwide and contributed to the success and popularity of the dance as we know it today. You will find flavors of Mambo, Cha cha cha, Rumba, Guaracha, Changüí, and Comparsa in salsa as they are all part of the history of salsa dancing.

Salsa music suitable for dancing ranges from about 100 beats per minute (slow) to its fastest at around 140 beats per minute. Most dancing is done to music between 80-120 beats per minute.

Salsa Dancing styles

Here you will find more information on today’s salsa dancing styles. There are many different varieties depending on the preference of the dancer, cultural background and nationality. Examples of two very different styles are New York style and Rueda de Casino.

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