Dancing salsa is a wonderful challenge and a never ending ceiling for progression.
Salsa originated in the 1900’s in Cuba, where rhythms from the two main existing styles of music in the region (Cuban Son and Afro-Cuban rumba) were combined to create a new dance. This new rhythm was combined with American jazz and taken to New York by Cuban musicians.
Over time there has been many different evolution’s of Salsa Dancing depending on region and beat. For instance in upstate NY most dancers dance on 1, meaning they dance on the 1st beat of the 8 beat count. And in New York City, Salsa starts on beat 2. (dancing on 2)
Salsa Dance has many different categories of dancing, like Salsa Reuda, where it is a group dance where all partners dance in a circle, doing the same moves simultaneously and continuously changing partners. There is Salsa Bachata on a 4 beat count, Cha-Cha and Merengue