Salsa is a Latin dance with origins from the Cuban Son (circa 1920s) and Afro-Cuban dance (specifically Afro-Cuban rumba). It is generally associated with the salsa music style, although it may be danced under other types of Latin music.
Salsa is normally a partner dance, although there are forms such as a line dance form “Salsa suelta”, where the dancers dance individually and a round dance form “Rueda de Casino” where multiple couples exchange partners in a circle. Salsa can be improvised or performed with a set routine.
Salsa is a popular social dance throughout Latin America as well as in North America, Europe, Australia, and some countries in Asia and the Middle East.
The passion of the salsa dancer is unparalleled; rich, overflowing, mad — and quickly becoming one of the most organized & professional street dances in the world. This is the kind of dance that is both internalized and externalized. Salsa is nothing without a least a little wow factor, but salsa is also nothing if you can’t just lose yourself in the music and dance like nobody’s watching.
The Salsa Congresses and professional dance companies continue to raise the bar in terms of technical skill, creativity and that wow factor. At the same time, salsa began and continues to simmer its own subtle variations in style and personalities in the night-clubs. The average salsero or salsera can go to any major city in the world and find a salsa club or community adding to this dance’s international appeal.