Salsa emerged as a fusion of influences from Cuba, Puerto Rico, and other Latin American countries. The dance emerged as a popular dance among Latino immigrants in New York in the 1950s.
Salsa is a vibrant and energetic dance. The dance relies on the music’s rhythm to set the pace and convey the mood. Though often danced with a partner, individuals can also dance the salsa. The dance is popular at Latino family gatherings and celebrations.
Salsa dancing involves a very basic two-step motion: the leader rocks forward and back and the follower corresponds with a mirror-image movement. When the leader moves his left foot forward, the follower moves her right foot back. The leader must constantly have the couple’s intended direction in mind and give clear signals to his partner about the next movement. Following the beat and the feel of the music, the couple moves in synch.