History Of The Salsa

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The Salsa Around the world there are different dances that represent different styles and cultures. The well known dance called the Salsa, was originated in the 1970s in the Caribbean but the name was originated from New York. In the following paragraphs I will discuss the dance itself, where it is originated from, the movements of the dance, the rhythm of the dance, the venue at which it is performed and the different styles of the Salsa. The word Salsa was created by New York but the dance itself was originated in the Caribbean. The dane known as the Salsa contains a variety of different music which come from many different countries that have the Hispanic influence. This dance has a combination of many movements from the Mambo, Cha-Cha-Cha, …show more content…

The two steps that are repeated in this dance style are the forward/backward steps and the cross body lead. In most Salsa styles, they dance on the counts one and three but in the L.A style, they dance on the count one. The next popular style is the Cuban Style, this style is also commonly known as the Casino style. This dance is danced on either the down beat which is beats of 1,3,5,7 or on the upbeats which are 2,4,6,8. The most popular step in this dance is called the Cuba Step. The Cuba Step is when the leader of the couple does backward steps on 2-3 and forward steps on 5-6-7. The other partner does the same exact thing as the leader does. Another popular thing done in this style is the leader and his partner will often circle around one another. A final popular step used in this style is the cross body step. This is when couples circle around each other and change partners and they continue doing moves at the same time when a caller says to do it. The last interesting syle is the New York style. This style mainly focuses on body isolation and body movements and is danced on only the beat of two. On the beat of two the couples hear the conga drum pattern and they are suppose to reflect on the music. They often think that this is a time to reflect on the where the music was originated from. This style focuses more on the partners separating and doing

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  • Explains the los anglas style of salsa, which consists of the forward/backward steps and the cross body lead. the cuban style is also known as the casino style.
  • Explains that there are two traditional movements of the salsa, the cadence and claves, as well as different venues for salsa dancing.
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