As Salsa music began to emerge from New York City in the 1960s, Mambo dancing was already extremely popular. The term, “Salsa,” was eventually coined there in the mid-‘70s, but the dance itself actually originated in the Caribbean. Its moves evolved from parts of the Mambo, Son, Cha Cha, Bomba, and Plena. Nearly every country throughout Latin American and the Caribbean now has its own Salsa style.
When to Dance the Salsa
Performed in either an open or closed position, the Salsa is a sexy partner dance that works at nightclubs or special events. The key to salsa dancing is having easy-to-hear tempos. While some music may be purely instrumental, artists like Marc Anthony and Gloria Estefan have some excellent salsa tunes.
- In 1988, Salsa, the movie, was released as a knock-off to Dirty Dancing. It starred Robbie Rosa from Menudo.
- Celia Cruz may forever be known as the “Queen of Salsa.” She won three Grammys and four Latin Grammys for her salsa singing.
- Even the United States has different salsa styles. The Los Angeles version is very flashy, while the New York version is controlled and precise.