Salsa consists of a group of Afro-Caribbean Latin rhythms fused with jazz and other musical genres. Salsa is usually danced in pairs, but it is possible to dance alone.
Salsa consists of a mixture of son mambo, Cuban rumba, guaguancó, yambú, guaracha and other rhythms enriched with instruments such as saxophone, trumpet or trombone. Fixed steps are learned from basic choreographies to ensure the best learning.
Its origins have always been widely debated, but it is generally said that it comes from African people living in the Caribbean who heard European music and decided to merge them with their drums.
It wasn’t until the 1970s that salsa was recognized as a musical genre, which reflects all this melting pot of rhythms and cultures and the European dances present in Cuba since the 1930s.
Nowadays, salsa is one of the most popular Latin social dances and has different styles depending on the region. While all styles share a common basic step, each style has its own way to perform the steps.
How do we know what style of salsa we’re dancing? We need to pay attention to the way in which the dancer uses the time or holds their dance partner. Some of the best-known salsa styles according to their origin are New York salsa, Los Angeles salsa, Cuban salsa, Puerto Rico, and Cali salsa (Colombia).
Salsa has many health benefits. It helps us to reduce stress and to improve our confidence and self-esteem. It makes all the muscles of our body work and helps us socialize (remember that it is usually danced in pairs). It also helps with weight loss and improves our body posture. And if all this were not enough, it makes us release endorphins, the hormones of happiness.