History of Salsa


History of Salsa

Is difficult determine who invented Salsa - Cubans or Puerto Ricans. Salsa took birth with the mixture of Cuban and Puerto Rican music at Big Band Jazz in Latin Barrios of New York. The literal significance of word "salsa" is "sauce". In the mid-1970's, it was first used when some Latin musicians restored the classic Cuban band to demonstrate a style of music. They worked to make something better and appropriate for their modern, multicultural lifestyles.

Salsa refers to a combination of informal dance styles having origins the Caribbean (particularly in Cuba, Puerto Rico and the United States), Latin and North America; the term "Salsa" was created by New York but not the dance. The term Salsa became popular to refer to a variety of diverse music, from many countries of Hispanic influence: Rhumba, Son Montuno, Guaracha, Mambo, Cha cha cha, Danzon, Son, Guguanco, Guajira, Charanga, Cumbia, Plena, Bomba, Festejo, Merengue, and other typical Cuban dance forms. Each played a large aspect important in its evolution. Many of these have preserved their individuality and many were mixed creating "Salsa". In the music and in the dance there is a strong Afro-Caribbean influence. Today, the "Salsa" is a North American interpretation of the older styles. New York's Latino community had an energetic musical and dancing scene during the '50s but found limited success with the "Anglo" mainstream.

Mambo/Salsa is the Latin equivalent of Swing. In 1943, in Havana, Perez Prado introduced it at "La Tropicana" nightclub.

The dance was first dancing in New York's Park Ballroom, a favorite hangout of dance fans from Harlem. In 1950's, the Mambo gained popularity and was taught in dance studios, resorts, and nightclubs in New York and Miami. Salsa is a street adaptation of Mambo, Mambo has evolved into Salsa. Musically the most important difference is that Mambo music holds on the one beat and Salsa music hits on one beat. Mambo tends to be sharper in the footwork more time is spent in closed hold and the man breaks on 2. Salsa tends to be sexier, normally it has little kick like decorations, more time is spent in a two handed or distant position and the man breaks on 1. In that both have a model of six steps danced over eight counts of music--and came about when dancers started incorporation up Mambo with Hustle steps. The dances share several of the similar moves. In Salsa, turns have become an important characteristic, so the overall look and feels are quite different form those of Mambo. Mambo moves usually forward and backward, whereas, Salsa has more of a side to side feel.

Salsa dance can be strongly improvised; the dance can take any form the interpreter wishes. Salsa steps are called "Shines", an expression taken from Tap dancing. Modern Salsa has influences of Jazz, funk, reggae, hip-hop and samba.
In the 1970s, acceptance of the expression "Salsa" reduced the linguistic and cultural obstacles to mainstream adoption of Latin music and dance.

A brief history of some styles of dance:

History of Argentine Tango
Breakdance History
Cha Cha Dance History
 History of Argentine Tango
The precise origins of tango are lost in the time and an unrecorded history.
 Breakdance History
Breakdance is a street dance style, this dance has hip hop dance.
 Cha Cha Dance History
The scraping and shuffling of the feet generate a sound that sounds like "Cha Cha Cha".
Flamenco Dance History
Foxtrot Dance History
History of Jazz Dance
 Flamenco Dance History
Appeared from the expression of a pursued people, the Gypsies of Southern Spain.
 Foxtrot Dance History
This dance was the most important development in all of ballroom dancing.
 History of Jazz Dance
The Jazz dance was originated from the African American vernacular dance.
History of Polka
History of Salsa
Samba History
 History of Polka
Polka is defined as a lively couple dance of Bohemian source in duple time.
 History of Salsa
Salsa refers to a combination of informal dance styles having origins the Caribbean.
 Samba History
It was and is danced as a festival dance throughout the street festivals.
Disco & Hustle History
History of Merengue
History of Waltz
 Disco & Hustle History
In the 1970s the Hustle originated among Hispanic Communities in New York City.
 History of Merengue
The Merengue is the national dance of the Dominican Republic.
 History of Waltz
The waltz was originated in the suburbs of Vienna and in the alpine region of Austria.