So I was going through YouTube, and this Salsa video caught my eye. The couple is smooth, the music is fun, and they’re having a great time dancing together. One of the first things I noticed was that these dancers are not overdoing any of their movements – they are good solid dancers. This is how the Salsa should be – fun, sexy, and flowing.
In my opinion, the coolest thing about Salsa, or dancing in general, is that you can dance it anywhere, anytime as long as you have some music and a partner. In the video, the dancers embody what we teach at Arthur Murray – a love for music and dance. They perfectly mix classic Salsa vibes with other movements that we teach, while injecting a bunch of personal style along the way. It doesn’t matter if they are in a dance studio or on the street – they’re still going to dance the salsa with the same amount of passion.
As far as dance history goes, Salsa is a relatively young dance; it has only been a “named” dance since originating in New York in the mid 1970’s. Just because Salsa is young does not mean the stylistic roots of the dance don’t run deep. Salsa stems from earlier Cuban dance forms like Son, Son Montuno, Cha Cha Cha, and Mambo. These movements started to blend together over time, evolving alongside different styles and tempos of music and years later, we’re left with one hot, spicy dance!
I remember living close to LA in the early 90’s as a dance instructor, Salsa was just getting some shine as a fun dance. It was exciting to see people popping in to the studio ready to learn this new dance everybody was curious about. Interestingly, I would go out dancing at Salsa clubs and at the time, I was the only “white” girl there…people were pleasantly surprised that I could dance.
Throughout the late 90’s and 2000’s, Salsa’s popularity continued to grow and the dance became even more mainstream. We saw people of all different ages and backgrounds interested in learning the dance – Salsa had officially cemented itself in the mainstream Latin dance consciousness. The cool thing about Salsa is like any club dance, there are many different stylistic varieties depending on where you live. There’s a whole network of regional styles and movements…there’s Colombian Salsa – Cali Style, Cuban Salsa – Casino Style, Miami Salsa – Miami Casino Style, and even Los Angeles Style (LA style) Salsa.
The two dancers above display a great blend of the Salsa movements: forward and back movement, back breaks, chasses, styled turns the change position and pace, and definitely lots of playful loops and spins. The best part is all of their actions come together to appear smooth, rhythmic, and natural – at times you don’t even notice there’s two different people dancing. They key lesson to take away is demonstrated by the harmony that exists between both partners in the video…they just make each step, turn, and glide appear effortless. Watching great dancing like this both wows onlookers and ultimately puts a big smile on my own face!
Whether it’s street dancing, club dancing, or professional Ballroom dance competitions, dancing brings great joy to peoples’ lives. Watch the video above and tell me you can’t feel the passion and happiness this couple exudes as they dance the Salsa. At the end of the day, the greatest joy is getting out on the dance floor and experiencing the Salsa for yourself.
Live, Love, Dance, and Enjoy!
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