Fun to watch but even more fun to dance!
The origins of the name salsa is surrounded by controversy. Some believe that the term was created by record labels to better market their music. They chose the word “salsa” because of its spicy and hot connotations. Others believe the term came about because the dance and the music is a mixture of different styles, just like salsa or “sauce” in Spanish is a delicious blend of different ingredients. Some claim that it was based on a cry shouted by musicians while they were playing their music.
The style made popular in New York in the mid-1970s is the style we tend to dance today. It evolved from earlier dance forms such as son, son montuno, Cuban cha cha cha and Cuban mambo which were popular in Cuba and other parts of Latin America at the time. Salsa, like most music genres has gone through a lot of changes over the years and incorporated elements of swing and hustle, as well as elements of some traditional Afro-Cuban and Afro-Caribbean dances.
If you’re interested in learning, check out our learn to dance the Salsa page.