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Transcript of Salsa
What is Salsa?
Salsa is a popular type of dance that originated from New York that has strong influences from Latin America but mostly from Cuba and Puerto Rico.
We aren't talking about this Salsa
We are talking about this type of Salsa!
Salsa Originated from...
Pair of Claves
Salsa dance socials are
mostly held in night clubs,
bars, ballrooms, restaurants,
and outside, especially if
it is a part of an outdoor festival.
Salsa's roots are based on different genres like Puerto Rican rhythms, Cuban Son, etc. However, it is very popular music, so it is open to improvisation and thus it is continuously changing.
In many styles of salsa dancing, as a dancer changes weight by stepping, but the upper body remains straight and unaffected by the weight changes. Weight shifts cause the hips to move, and arm and shoulder movements are also added.
French people from Haiti originally brought a dance called Danzon to
Cuba. This dancing technique was soon combined with African and other Caribbean dances, such as rumbas and another form of dance called the Son, which came from Cuba. The Son has its roots in African drum patterns, as well as Spanish dancing. Around the time of World War II, the dance became popular in Mexico City and New York. It was in New York where the term “Salsa” was created.
Some Common Salsa steps
• Inside Turn: follower turns counterclockwise (to her left)
• Leader Turn: lead turns right, often the partners separate
• Spot Turn: either, or often both, partners turn 360° counterclockwise remaining in the same spot
• Cross Body Lead: follower is led to opposite side of lead, exists in other Latin dances such as Cha-cha-cha
• Cross Body Lead: couple in embrace essentially rotates 180° counterclockwise as a whole, swapping positions
There is some controversy surrounding the origins of the word salsa. Some believe that the term was created by record labels to better market their music, who chose the word "salsa" because of its spicy and flavourful taste like the dance form. Still others believe salsa dancing is a mixture of different styles, just like salsa or "sauce" in Latin American countries is a mixture of different ingredients.
The term "Salsa"
Some salsa based movies are:
Dance With Me
Shall We Dance
Take the Lead
Famous Salsa Dancers
Josie Neglia &
Mike Ramos & Freddie Rios