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Copy of History of Salsa Dance and Music

Salsa is not easily defined. What is Salsa? A sauce, a recipe, a dance? Who invented Salsa?
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A look at the origin of Salsa History of Salsa Dance and Music Salsa is not easily defined. What is Salsa? A sauce, a recipe, a dance? Who invented Salsa?
The history of the Latin popular music known worldwide as Salsa began centuries ago in the islands of the Spanish Caribbean, in a context of slavery and colonialism.
We must give credit to Cuba for the origin and ancestry of creation. It is here where Contra-Danze (Country Dance) of England/France, later called Danzón, begins to mix itself with Rhumbas of African origin (Guaguanco, Colombia, Yambú) and Son of the Cuban people, which was a mixture of the Spanish troubadour (sonero) and the African This syncretism also occurred in other countries like the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Puerto Rico and Venezuela, among others. Shortly after, a similar movement in New York occurred.
New York created the term Salsa, but did not create the dance. Salsa Style Salsa dancing originated in Cuba and is generally performed with partners, with some solo and group styles gaining in popularity. Salsa continues to evolve, and different styles are associated with specific geographic areas. Characteristics that set each region apart include diversified foot patterns, turns and figures, and the attitude in which the dance is performed. Los Angeles Style New York Style Cuban Style Rueda de Casino Cali Salsa Style Rhythm Every Salsa composition involves complex African percussion based around the Clave Rhythm  (which has four types), but this one is the more common (and easy) Instruments The most important instrumentation in Salsa is the percussion (claves, cowbells, timbales and conga) Other core instruments are the trumpets, trombones, and bass guitar. Additional melodic instruments are commonly used as accompaniment, such as the guitar, the piano, and many others, depending on the performing artists
Basic Movements There are a few basic Salsa steps. But first, here's a couple of quick and important rules:
Don't be a hunchback
Your hands have no thumbs
Let's get a little closer
Man: take your left hand and hold the girl's right hand. Take your right hand and hold the girl's waist at the back.

Woman: right hand palm on left man’s hand. Left hand on the man’s back.
There are 8 beats to every measure of Salsa music: 1.2.3.4.5.6.7.8.
For your basic salsa step, you will move on beats 1, 2, 3, pause on 4, and 5, 6, 7, pause on 8.
Simple, right?
Men’s Basic Salsa Steps Women's Basic Salsa Steps And that is Thank you
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