Origin of Salsa

The name Salsa is Spanish and refers to a fusion of informal dance styles having roots in the Caribbean and Latin America. The dance originated through the mixture of Mambo, Danzón, Guaguancó, Cuban Son, and other typical Cuban dance forms. Salsa is danced to Salsa music.

Salsa is usually a partner dance, although there are recognized solo steps and some forms are danced in groups of couples, with frequent exchanges of partners. Improvisation and social dancing are important elements of Salsa but it also appears as a performance dance.

Different styles of Salsa

There are three styles of Salsa, LA style, New York style and Cuban style.

LA style and New York style involve the follower traveling in a straight line while the leader steps out of the way. Cuban style involves the follower and the leader traveling in circular path around one another. The difference between LA style and New York style is in which beat of the bar is emphasised. LA style is also referred to as “On1“ because the dance emphasizes the 1st beat in the bar. New York style is also referred to as “On2“ because the dance emphasizes the 2nd beat in the bar.

Rueda de Casino or Salsa Rueda is a particular type of round dancing of Salsa. It was developed in Havana, Cuba in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Pairs of dancers form a circle, with dance moves called out by one person, a caller. Many of the moves involve the swapping of partners.

We emphasize LA style but also teach some Salsa Rueda.