7 most popular forms of Salsa dance

Boys and girls, It’s time to learn salsa dance steps.

Salsa dance is a “rage” in any social setting. first originated in the Caribbean region. Salsa is a Latin American dance form which comprises several styles depending on the country of origin. Check out the 7 most popular styles of this form of dance mainly originating from the American continent.

Salsa Dancers in action

1. Colombian Salsa dance – Colombia:

‘Colombian Salsa’ has been developed from the music style “Cumbia”. This dance style is extremely popular in the Latin and South American countries, and originates (originated)from Colombia. Furthermore, this style is essentially characterized by a “circular style of open/side breaks” and is accompanied by a “foot tap”. In addition, the feet in this dance style basically move “back or side to center” instead of going “forward and backward” like seen in the Mambo. Salsa dance (dancing)also involves a couple dancing in close proximity to one another.

2. Cuban Salsa dance – Cuba: 

Cuban Salsa -Cuba would be best described as “Afro-Cuban”. It is the basic style of Salsa originating from Cuba. It involves prominent use of  “hip movements” as well as “body isolation”. Furthermore, the dancers in this style basically move in a “circle” as opposed to a “straight line”. The footwork used in this form of dance is extremely “simplistic”, while the use of “arms” involves a certain degree of ‘complexity’. In addition, this dance is considered to be “male dominated” since it is the man who tends to be more “flashy” and impose himself on his partner. In this form of dance, it is also observed that the performers show a tendency to skip from one beat to another according to the music being played.

3. Miami Salsa dance – United States of America:

Miami Salsa is Inspired by the “Cuban style”, known for being “technically” far more advanced than any of the other forms. Since it involves the use of a complex technique, this dance style requires the dancers to be more “flexible” in their movement. In addition, most of the movements involved in this dance style are “circular” rather than “linear”. Furthermore, a foot tap as well as open breaks are some of the basic steps used in this dance style.

4. Casino Reuda Salsa dance – Cuba

Casino Reuda Salsa , a “Central American dance style’ literal translation is “Salsa Wheel”. Apparently, this form of dance was developed in the capital city of Havana by a group known as “Guaracheros de Regla”. In this style of dancing couples dance around a circle, in which one dancer (nominated as the Caller) demonstrates the moves that need to be performed by the rest of the groups. Furthermore, it also involves a move in which partners are “swapped”  making it an extremely attractive style of dancing.

5. LA Salsa – United States of America:

LA Salsa originated from Los Angeles in the United States of America, . It basically involves the use of many “flashy” moves such as “dips, flips, drops, and tricks”. Furthermore, this dancing style also involves the use of moves that have been developed using “cross body lead variations”. In addition, since this style is usually performed on the 1st beat it looks extremely “powerful and fast”. It is also known for its complicated yet rapid and flashy footwork.

6. New York Salsa dance – United States of America: 

New York Salsa is also commonly referred to as’ Mambo’. It was developed by Eddie Torres during the 1960’s. In addition, this style of dance involves “linear movement” and “turn patterns” that has been developed from cross-body lead variations. Furthermore, it also comprises of a number of “multiple spins” and a complex set of footwork. It also includes a few “Afro-Cuban” body movements, and is also renowned for being “elegant.”

7. Puerto Rican Salsa dance – Puerto Rico:

Puerto Rican Salsa is performed mainly to the “Clave” musical rhythm. Originating from Puerto Rico this Salsa dance style comprises of some “rapid and complicated” footwork. In addition, “shoulder shimmies” play a major role while perform this dance. Furthermore, this dance is said to have been developed by Felipe Polanco. It also involves the dancer using a “sliding forward and backward movement”.

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