Let’s Salsa!

screen-shot-2016-12-11-at-11-30-24-pmWhat is Salsa? A sauce, a recipe, a dance? Who invented salsa? The Cubans, Puerto Ricans? Salsa is not easily defined.  It’s a distillation of many Latin and Afro-Caribbean dance styles. Salsa is a popular form of social dance that originated in New York City with strong influences from Latin America, mainly Puerto Rico and Cuba. The movements of the dance have origins in Cuban Son, Cha-cha-cha, Mambo and other dance forms, and the dance, along with the salsa music, originated in the mid 70s in New York. However, salsa isn’t just a solo type of dance but a duet. Its fast-paced, fun and sexy. Many female dances tend to have a dress and heels, while the male partner wear slacks and shiny black shoes. It involves closely, hip swaying moves, and of course trust with your dance partner. One must trust their partner to lead, in this case the guy leads. However, I recently started getting into salsa again. I learned the style very young by my grandmother. In Puerto Rican culture Salsa is the go too style of dance. We like to call it the party dance. Just listening to the sounds of the latin flumes of music makes one want to dance and grab the near person to partner with. So if anyone is interested in Salsa should go to the nearest Arthur Murray studio because it teaches foundation of nit just Salsa but all related dances such as ballroom, tang, fox trot and more.

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