Salsa Dancing traces its roots in Cuba, as early as the 1930, with strong combination of Spanish and African dance cultures. Compared to other formal ballroom dances, salsa dancing became popular through the streets of Cuba, it is primarily a street-dance which can be seen through the spontaneous nature of the dance moves. The dance movements are heavily based on the beats of the Afro-Cuban Rumba and Cuban Son or music, with influences from Mambo, Danzon, Guaguanco and Afro-Cuban dances.
Son Cubano music originated in Cuba and gained worldwide popularity in the 1930s. Son combines the elements and style of Spanish canción and beats from the Spanish guitar combined with the upbeat African rhythms and percussion sounds of Bantu and Arará. The Cuban son is considered as one of the most widespread forms of Latin American music, from this energetic and sensual beat, different variations and fusion emerged, the most popular of which is salsa.
Different Styles Of Salsa Dancing
Salsa Dancing has been typically danced in pairs, but there are also other forms such as Rueda de Casino or round dancing of salsa. In Rueda de Casino, salsa is danced in a big circle where couples exchange partners. There is also the Salsa Suelta or loose salsa, it is a form of line dancing where salsa is danced without a partner. Both salsa dance forms require a cantant or a leader who calls out the salsa moves and often serves as an instructor.
Cultural Styles Of Salsa Dancing
Through Salsa Dancing, variations of the salsa dance have also emerged, taking with it the subtle cultural differences based on different regions. With its vivacious rhythm, salsa dancing is quite open to revisions and continuously evolves with the times. Differences in style can be spotted through timing of the music , footwork, body rolls, hand movements, turns, twists, figures and the way partners hold each other. The most popular styles are Salsa Casino (Cuban-style) Cali-Salsa (Colombia), New York-style, Puerto Rican-style and L.A. Style. Salsa dancing can be performed with a set routine or choreography, for competition or freestyle for more informal settings.
The important thing to remember in dancing the salsa, apart from the basic salsa steps, is enjoying yourself and giving in to the beat of the music.