What is Salsa?
Salsa is a spanish term some the musicians shouted while they were playing their latin music same way to generate excitement.
Salsa music and salsa dancing originated in Cuba and before from the United States of America U.S.A regions of the city of New York (cuban immigrants) and Puerto Rico and Cuban folk dances and different styles of dance.
The New York movements of the Salsa dance style and salsa rhythm are a combination of other styles like Afro-Cuban dances Son, cha-cha-cha, Mambo, Rumba, bomba, and the Danzón.
The dance, along with salsa music (Latin Music), saw major development in the mid-1970s in the city of New York thanks to famous musicians like Fania All Stars, Tito Puente.
Different regions of Latin America (North, Center and South America) and the United States have distinct salsa styles of their own (Latin dancing), such as Cuban (Rueda de Cacino), Puerto Rican, Cali Colombia, L.A. (Los Angeles Style), Cali style salsa, Miami Style Casino, and New York-style (created by Eddie Torres - the mambo king in the city of New York) and other salsa styles.
Salsa dance socials are commonly held in night clubs, bars, ballrooms, restaurants, dance halls, and outside, especially when part of an outdoor festival with live music like afro cuban band.
Salsa dancers in many dance styles of dance like salsa New York style, the salsa dancer in the basic step shift their weight by stepping, the upper body remains level and nearly unaffected by the body weight changes.
A dance style In the basic steps, the weight shifts cause the hips to move. Arm and shoulder movements are also incorporated like in other styles of dance.
Some common moves in famous salsa styles of partnered dance like salsa on1 style, New York style, Rueda de Casino style, Miami style, and other styles are basic steps, cross body lead open position, and closed position, very popular in North, Center and South America.
Salsa generally uses music ranging from about 150 bpm (beats per minute) to around 250 bpm, although most dancing is done to music somewhere between 160–220 bpm.
The basic of Salsa New York style dance rhythm consists of taking three steps for every four beats of music.
A measure in salsa music is the number of beats per minute. Most salsa songs are around 120-130 beats per minute.
If you want to see famous dancers performing routines of some dance style of salsa on1 style, New York style, Miami style, cali style salsa or other main styles check youtube videos where you will see dancers using some of the steps described in this blog.
Modern salsa music in places like New York is a fusion of deferents styles of music like Caribbean music, mambo music, jazz music, swing music, hip hop music and others music styles.
Today you can find a fusion of salsa music, dancers and styles classes from west to middle east in every single continent in nightclubs around the world.