History of Salsa Dance

Salsa was born in Cuba, but its origins can be traced back to Danzón (dance of France and Haiti), Rumbas of African slaves, Són of the Cuban people, troubadour music of Spanish people (mostly Flamenco) and various musical instruments of Africa. Salsa is a dance that was created fairly recently with the mixture of many different styles and musical techniques that all came together in Cuba. After Cubans visited the USA, Jazz and other music began to mix with latin sounds.
As decades went on, several distinct styles of Salsa appeared. Here are some of the most popular ones:
  • Los Angeles (“L.A.”) Style
  • New York Style
  • “Casino” style (Cuba)
  • Cali style (Colombia)