Salsa

Arguably the most well known partner dance, usually what people think of when they are talking about dancing.  Think Dirty Dancing!

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In many styles of Salsa dancing, as a dancer changes weight by stepping, the upper body remains level and nearly unaffected by the weight changes.

Caught in the middle are the hips which end up moving quite a bit – famously known as the “Cuban hip movement.”

Salsa movements originate from the Cuban Son dancing of the 1920s. Today’s Salsa dancing is a rich blend of Latin-American and Western influences. Other dance styles that have influenced today’s Salsa include Western and Ballroom dancing. Salsa traces a 90-year history in which there are numerous evolutionary paths, sometimes split due to political and social influences.

There are a few basic steps of Salsa. The most common is the three weight changes (or steps) in each four-beat measure. The beat on which one does not step might contain a tap or kick, or weight transfer may simply continue with the actual step not occurring until the next beat. The option chosen depends upon individual choice and upon the specific style being danced. One of the steps is called a “break,” which involves a change in direction.

If you are interested in taking up Salsa we recommend our partners at Salsa Dance Leeds. They provide the perfect environment to start up dancing, with a mixture of fun and technique you’ll be showing off to your friends in no time!

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