History of Salsa Dance and its regions.

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The History of Salsa Dance and it's regions

The History of Salsa Dance and it’s regions

History of Salsa Dance and its regions.

Salsa was coined in 1933 for danceable Latin Music when Cuban composer Ignacio Piñerio wrote the song Échale Salsita, although its roots began earlier than that. It is a combination of dance moves generating from the music of the Cuban Son in the 1920’s and the Afro-Cuban dance known as the Rumba. History of Salsa Dance and it’s regions, generally associated with Salsa music, although it can be expanded to many tropical style music renderings.
Dancing Salsa is generally a partner type dance, however there are also practices available to the solo dancer – with these being the Salsa Suelta line dance and the Rueda de Casino Round Dance.
Salsa dance has expanded in popularity to various regions and with it each region has become known to style specifics to that region.
  • Cali-style Salsa, or the Colombian Salsa, is based in the  Colombian City of Cali, known as the “Capital de la Salsa” (World’s Salsa Capital).
  • Cuban-style Salsa, or the Casino, popular in many regions including Europe, Latin America, North America and some Middle East countries. An expression of social and cultural activities in Cuba, with its name being derived from the Spanish term for dance halls.
  • Miami-style Casino was developed by Cuban migrants to Florida and centered on Miami, this form fused with American Culture and LA Style.
  • Rueda de Casino was developed in the 1950s in Havana, Cuba. Rueda in Spanish means wheel, and pairs of dancers form a circle with the dance moves then being called by one person and rapid swapping of partners. Consists of about 30 calls. Codified in the 1970s.
  • “Rueda de Miami” originated in the 1980s from Miami, is a formal style with many rules based on a mix, and is a hybridization of Rueda de Cuba & Los Angeles-style salsa and dance routines that reflect American culture which is not found in the traditional Cuban-style Rueda.
  • LA style has a measure of easiness and adaptability to it. It is strongly influenced by the Mambo, Swing, Argentine Tango and Latin Ballroom  dancing styles. Places strong emphasis on sensuousness, theatricality, aerobics and musicality The lifts, stunts and aerial works of today’s salsa shows are derived mostly from L.A. Style forms with origins in Latin Ballroom and Ballet lifts
  • NY style is similar to the in-line LA Style salsa but is danced on the 2nd beat of the muswi rather than the 1st. The lead is on second step and the partner on first, in direction opposition the LA Style. NY Style etiquette is strict with a lot of spins, turns and styling. NY Style Salsa has more emphasis on shines where emphasis is put on solo movements of one of the dancers—originates from Swing and New York Tap.



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