Salsa

Salsa

“Salsa” is a favoured name for a type of Latin music which, for the most part, has its roots in Cuban culture and is enhanced by jazz textures. Salsa dancing is very popular, and we have lots of students coming to Arthur Murray for salsa dance lessons. The word, Salsa, means sauce denoting a “hot” flavour and is best distinguished from other Latin music styles by defining it as the New York sound developed by Puerto Rican musicians in New York. The structure of the Salsa, as you’ll learn at our Salsa lessons in Etobicoke, is largely associated with mambo dance type patterns and has a particular feeling that is associated mainly with the Clave and the Montuno.

Students of our Etobicoke Salsa lessons get to experience the unique blending of traditional Latin sounds and dance steps of the Mambo and the Cha Cha with the freedom and turning actions of Swing and Hustle. Our Etobicoke Salsa lessons offer you the true nightclub dance that fits onto small crowded floors, a real must for Latin social dancing.

Salsa History

Salsa is the Spanish word for “sauce” denoting a spicy or hot flavour. As a dance it can be danced to a variety of different rhythms. Generically salsa music encompasses many Afro-Latin rhythms driven by the clave (two wooden sticks struck together). Today’s Salsa is the result of many years of rhythmical evolution due to economic, social and political change. Salsa is the national music and dance of Puerto Rico. Many of the Salsa dance patterns are closely related to those of the Mambo.

Characteristics

Salsa is characterized by the traditional Latin sounds of salsa music, combined with dance steps also seen in the Mambo and Cha Cha. Salsa also blends the turns and freedom of the Swing and Hustle. This blending of traditional Latin sounds and dance steps of the Mambo and the Cha Cha with the freedom and turning actions of Swing and Hustle. Our Etobicoke Salsa lessons offer you the true nightclub dance that fits onto small crowded floors, a real must for Latin social dancing.

Danced to four beats using only three steps, each step being a beat long, the remaining beat is used as a tag to the last step or perhaps an adorning (tap, kick or pause) movement called a highlight. Steps can be traveling or on the spot. Salsa lessons are an experience you never forget!

Music

Salsa is danced to variety of music. In 1933 Cuban songwriter Ignacio Piñiero wrote the song Echale Salsita (throw on some sauce) after tasting food which lacked the Cuban spices. But it wasn’t until 1962 when Jimmy Sabater’s tune Salsa y Bembé suggested the dancers liven it up or spice it up by adding a little “salsa” (sauce) to their movement when they danced.

Salsa music artists include:

  • Albita
  • Marc Anthony
  • Celia Cruz
  • West End Mambo
  • Tito Puente
  • The Latin Explosion

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Don’t wait another day to learn how to dance. Contact us at Arthur Murray for more information about Salsa Lessons in Etobicoke today. Our Etobicoke salsa lessons will change your life!

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