Like Mambo, only Spicier!
Used by Permission and adapted from the Dance Vision International Dance Association - American Style Rhythm Bronze Manual (MarB04). www.dancevision.com
Salsa originated from Mambo, which came from the Cuban dance Son, whose influences were African rhythms and Spanish music. Mambo, created by Cuban musicians in the 1940's, became an instant hit and traveled the globe for the next 20 years.
Salsa has been a fusion of the musical cultures of Cuba, Puerto Rico, African American with Latin rhythms and jazz. You will find the New York/Puerto Rican versions different from the West Coast styles. It continues to be a very popular club dance as it evolves, integrating Hip Hop and World music.
Salsa is a syncopated, sexy dance characterized by strong Cuban Motion, body isolation, and intricate turning combination's. The dancer can choose to break on 1, 2, or 6.
Time Signature: 4/4
Ball flat throughout except:
Movement should reflect the character of the music --whether staccato and striking or romantic and sensual. Use strong rib action with Cuban Motion. Create connection with foward poise. Maintain the same height throughout and avoid tilting shoulders from side-to-side. Use compression and tension from the center of the body. Take small steps. Use the free arm in a natural relaxed motion to complement the music and body movement.
Some of My Favorite Salsa Songs:
1. "Shhh!" by The Kumbia Kings
Bronze Syllabus Figures:
Introduction to the Basic Steps:
Forward & Back Basic (or the Progressive Basic)
Note: Many figures begin with a Cross Body Lead but they may be danced without this entrance.
1a. Basic with Lady's Right Turn
Variations for Social Dancing:
Mambo and Salsa figures are fully interchangeable.