has an addictive quality inherent in this rhythm which
fuels the desire to become part of it and express it
physically, this varied music enveloped by the umbrella
and its fundamental, most visible instrument... DANCE... Dance
gives life to the music in many visible forms. Salsa
resulted from centuries of dance evolution, brought
about by economic, social and political changes.
It originated in the ports of Cuba during the colonisation
of the Spaniards, who imported slaves from Africa.
Bringing with them their culture, the Africans introduced
their rhythmic dance styles to the Caribbean, giving
birth to Afro-Latin dance hybrids like Cha Cha, Mambo
Salsa has risen to the status of a world dance. People
from all cultures are relating to it, there are in fact
more Salsa clubs in major cities like Los Angeles, New
York or London than in its historical homes like Cuba
and Puerto Rico.
Simply hot - Its seduction lies in its simplicity.
Unlike some dances, Salsa does not intimidate with technicality.
Although there are basic dance routines to follow, at the
end of the day, Salsa is all about having fun and a good
Salsa appeals to many people because you are not constrained
by too many parameters, you are free to vary the basic
steps and improvise your own moves.
Salsa is something for you to enjoy, It allows you to do
almost anything - you just need to know the basic steps,
which are relatively easy, and follow the music.
Step into a Salsa club and you will notice that it usually
does not take complicated moves to wow the crowd. A
stylish head turn, a sensual hip wave or a flirty wink
usually does the trick.
Another advantage of doing Salsa is that you are not confined
to one dance partner. You require a fixed partner for
most ballroom dances because the steps are choreographed.
But for Salsa, you can dance with anybody because the
leader is an on the fly choreographer when he relates
to the music!
To get the most out of Salsa, the key is to 'let go'. While
newbies usually begin with feelings of inadequacy when
they step onto the dance floor, many have come to enjoy
the dance by overcoming their inhibitions.
You become less self-conscious once you are familiar with
the steps, many students are in fact surprised that
they are able to loosen up and dance in front of a
The shedding of inhibition extends to their fashion sense
as well. Its not uncommon to see students - mostly
professionals - have become "more daring" in
their choice of outfits since taking up Salsa. When
the men first start, they normally come in strait-laced
pants and shirt, but after a while, you notice them
dressing up and wearing more colourful and flashy clothes."As
for the ladies, they start wearing less and less!"
If you are bored with the predictable movie-then-dinner
routine, you may want to consider adding some sizzle to
your relationship by taking up Salsa together with your
partner. Salsa is a 'partner-dance', and it is about making
your partner look good, so you learn how to please your
Salsa provides a means to connect with others. So if you
want to widen your social circle or expand your business
network, Salsa might just be for you.
Swinging hips and an eclectic mix of happy people dominate
the extremely social and convivial atmosphere in Salsa
clubs. Everyone is having an enjoyable time and contacts
are naturally made faster than anywhere else.
"Visit any Salsa club in the world, and you are likely
to be received with open arms, people who do Salsa share
very strong bonds, probably because the dance brings out
the warmth and passion in you.Doing Salsa is very conducive
for making friends. The Salsa community is a very congenial
one, Everyone knows everyone after a while!
So take the first step and spice up your life with Salsa