History of Salsa Dancing
Salsa emerged from a number of countries and cultures — including Puerto Rica, Africa, Cuba, the Caribbeans, and Latin America. It brought together central tenants of other dance types such as Tango, Son Monturo, Cha Cha and the Mambo. It also added the Guaguano and Pachanga to its tapestry.
Modern Salsa however only came onto its own — and emerged as one of the most popular dances in the modern era — in the early 1970s. The United States, and particularly New York, was central to this emergence.
While New York was not — and is not — the central heart of Salsa, it is known as the historical heart of the Modern salsa dance.
So why was the Salsa so successful?
For one, it was blind to class. No matter what side of town you were from, the eclectic rhythm and movement of Salsa was shared by all, and provided a new way of socialisation.
The workers and upper class could mingle and dance together with common moves, a common dress, common salsa shoes and common love for the music and its dance. It brought, and remains, the bringer of men and women into a party where the only aim is to enjoy and be enjoyed.