The salsa dance is a sensual, energetic style that brings passion, energy, and joy to the dance floor. Salsa has become one of the most popular dance styles, danced around the world. Salsa’s popularity comes from its simplicity to learn, and fun social environment. Salsa is very effective at burning calories while improving your coordination and increasing your flexibility.  It’s also a great way to socialize and meet people.  Salsa is said to be the greatest invention for letting your body move, allowing you to express yourself.

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What is Salsa?

Salsa is a fusion dance style that began in New York City in the 1960s. Salsa has evolved into many variations, but Salsa on 2 or Salsa Casino is most seen today. This form of Salsa is danced to Salsa music, which includes Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cha-Cha-Cha and Reggaeton.

Salsas steps are simple and easy to learn.  There are many ways to do salsa turn patterns so they can be mastered with ease. Learning how to lead and follow helps you read your partner for future improvement in styling abilities.  Salsatudes offers private lessons (one on one) or group classes (with others).

Salsa Styles

There are many various types of Salsa dancing, each with its own history. Styles are adaptable and open to change. The style is characterized by timing, basic steps, turns, body movement and movements, and attitude.

Although there are numerous variants, here are the three most common Salsa dance types:

Colombian Style Salsa

The footwork in Colombian Salsa is quite different from that of other styles, with rapid fast steps and skipping movements. The footwork in this style is difficult and accurate, making it ideal for winning global championship medals.

Cuban “Casino” Style Salsa

The Cuban Son dance was the origin of the Casino style. It grew in popularity in the late 1950s, owing to the influence of the Cuban Embargo, and is distinct from other Salsa dance styles. The Casino, in contrast to the Cuban Son, is danced on the downbeat break of 1 or 3 rather than on a delay.

Los Angeles Style Salsa

The L.A. style of salsa is simple to learn. It is influenced by the Mambo, Swing, Argentine Tango, and Latin Ballroom dancing styles. The L.A. Salsa has a wide range of characteristics, including sensuality, flamboyance, athleticism, and musicality. Today’s salsa performances, especially the L.A. style, feature a lot of lifts and stunts.

Benefits of Salsa Dancing:

  • It’s a great cardio workout that strengthens and tones your legs, glutes, and core
  • Our dance classes and social dances are a great way to meet new people and make new friends
  • Dancing as been shown to reduce stress, improve your brain health, and even lower your cholesterol
  • Many people get a confidence boost from dance lessons

Here are some Fred Astaire students demonstrating a basic Salsa sequence:

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