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Salsa is a dance form with origins from the Cuba (Afro-Cuban Rumba (dance). It is generally associated with the salsa music style, although it may be danced under other types of tropical music.
In many styles of Salsa dancing, as a dancer changes weight by stepping, the upper body remains level and nearly unaffected by the weight changes. However, the hips move a great deal in a motion much similar to that of Rumba Bolero.
The arms are used by the leader, to communicate or signal the “follower,” either in “open” or “closed” position. The open position requires the two dancers to hold one or both hands, especially for moves that involve turns, putting arms behind the back, or moving around each other. In the closed position, the leader takes a regular ballroom dance hold.
In the original Latin America form, the forward/backward motion of Salsa is done in diagonal or sideways with the 3-step weight change intact.
There are many styles to Salsa, such as L. A. and New York style and then there is the Cuban style.
New modern salsa styles are associated and named to the original geographic areas that developed them. There are often devotees of each of these styles outside of their home territory.
Characteristics that may identify a style include: timing, basic steps, foot patterns, body rolls and movements, turns and figures, attitude, dance influences and the way that partners hold each other.
Incorporating other dance styling techniques into salsa dancing has become very common, for both men and women: shimmies, leg work, arm work, body movement, spins, body isolation, shoulder shimmies, rolls, even hand styling, acrobatics and lifts.
Latin American styles originate from Cuba and surrounding Caribbean islands.
We have Salsa dance lessons in Rockville, MD as well as Salsa dance lessons in Silver Spring, MD and Salsa dance lessons in Fairfax, VA through private dance instruction as well as group dance instruction.