People tend to underestimate the power of dancing and all the benefits that come with it. Dancing is not just a sport, it is a way of enjoying life, a way to release all the pain, the problems or the negative thoughts you meet in life.
For dancers, it is mainly a life per se, not only a passion.
Through all types of dance, there is salsa. You know, that “afro-latino” dance you always saw on tv or on the streets and you`ve been fascinated by it ever since.
Salsa emanates such a powerful and distinct energy which can only come from its origins. The popular dance is originally from Carribean and its movement is also found in Son Cubano, Cha-cha or Puerto Rican bomba.
Where was it seen for the first time?
Only three words. Mid 70s. New York. Ok, maybe more than three words for this unique dance.
The benefits of SALSA
- It increases your health.
- It develops your mental condition.
- It helps you to maintain fit.
- It increases muscular strength, endurance, and motor fitness.
- It improves balance and spatial awareness.
- It helps you create better social skills.
- It improves your self-confidence and self-esteem.
Types of SALSA
Few may know that Salsa itself has many styles
Here are just some of them
– very popular in the Caribbean, Haiti, Puerto Rico and Cuba. It kind of involves the same dancing as most versions of salsa, but has a little bit of twisting added to it. The different thing that gives it its own identity is that some of the songs are in African language and there are certain African instruments that give it different rhythms.
Colombian / Cali style
– Cali is well known as the “capital of Salsa”
– The elements of Cali-Style Salsa were strongly influenced by dances to Caribbean rhythms such as Pachanga or Boogaloo.
– California has the most salsa schools and salsa teams in the world.
– Many of competitions of salsa are held in Colombia.
Cuban style / Casino
– Casino is popular in a lot of places around the world including Europe, Latin America, North America, and even in some countries in the Middle East such as Israel.
– Dancing Casino is an expression of popular social culture and Cubans consider casino as part of social and cultural activities based on their popular music.
– This style of salsa was developed by immigrants coming from Cuba
– The main difference between the Miami style and any other New York-eze style are the back breaking steps performed backward diagonally instead of moving forwards and backward as seen in general.
Rueda de Casino
– It was developed in Havana, Cuba.
– It consists in a few pairs of dancers form a circle (“Rueda” in Spanish is “wheel”), with dance moves called out by one person. Many of the moves involve rapidly changing partners.
– This style became very popular over the years mainly because there are more than two people involved in the dance and it is very fun.
Los Angeles style
– Well, this style is somehow more unique than the rest because guess what, you can dance it alone. Yes, that`s right, it is a one person dance.
– It has various elements of North American and stage dances.
– It is influenced by the Latin Hustle, Swing, Argentine Tango and Latin Ballroom dancing styles.
New York style
– Last but not least, the New York style is one of the most popular Salsa styles in the world.
– Unlike other styles of salsa, it is danced on the second beat of the music and the “leader” follows the follower.
– The clave and the conga are the instruments on which this dance style is based on.
– Many also refer to this style as “Mambo style”, which similarly breaks on the second and sixth beats of every eight-beat phrase.
– The New York style is typically danced more “tight” than the LA style, as New York style dancers stay in their “space” and generally take up less space on the dance floor.
Things you should keep in your heart (and yes, ok, in mind too)
Salsa is not danced with the body, but with the soul. Every move and every wave depend on your inner energy and positivity.
No matter what style you choose to dance or how hard you think it is, the important aspect is to keep your heart in everything you do and to make it yours!
Written by: janice.qurt