Salsa dancing is an upbeat, fun, and energetic dance! It is famous for its flashy turn patterns, fast spins, quick footwork, beautiful styling, and sexy body movements. Salsa music was popularized in New York in the 1970’s and originated in Cuba, containing Afro-Cuban rhythms.
Salsa Song Example: Valio La Pena by Marc Anthony
New York Style Salsa, or Mambo, is danced in a slot where the male lead steps backward and the lady steps forward on the second beat of the music (On 2). Dancing Salsa On 2 is more in sync with the Clave instrument rhythm, also known as the “heartbeat of salsa.” This style emphasizes musicality, body movement, styling, and footwork shines.
Examples of Mambo Dancing:Eddie Torres & Shani TalmorSanto Rico Dance Company