SALSA is a form of “COUPLE DANCING” or else “PARTNER DANCING”. It is one of the renowned forms of dancing for Partner Dancing. People who teach salsa dance form are known as “SALSERO”. It is popular throughout Latin America as well as in North America, Europe, Australia, and some countries in Asia and the Middle East. It is fast becoming a global phenomenon.
The roots of salsa originated in Eastern Cuba (Santiago de Cuba, Guantanamo) from the Cuban Son (about 1900’s) and Afro-Cuban dance (like Afro-Cuban rumba).With its sociable nature, Salsa has become highly popular, all around the world. Today, you can easily find Salsa clubs wherever you go anywhere in the world.
When anyone think about partner dancing what strikes to your brain? It’s just nothing but “SALSA”. Even children know about this dance form, and they do the basic steps of SALSA (laughs).
The basic step is:
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 isolations, shoulder shimmies, rolls, even hand styling, acrobatics and lift. Isolation is much important in this dance form.
The glossary of dance terminology defines it simply as – the independent movement of one part of body with the other part. This means that you isolate one part of your body, which moves, while the rest of your body remains completely still.
The arms are used by the “lead” dancer 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, to name a few examples. In the closed position, the leader puts the right hand on the follower’s back, while the follower puts the left hand on the leader’s shoulder.
Coming to types — it is categorized into 3 types:
Generally ,while discussing about dance school. This dance form is with two people, the one who teach the steps is leader(trainer) and the other is follower, who learns the steps from leader(trainee). 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.
- Crossbody (Modern style or L.A.):
L.A. style is ranked as 1. It is highly influenced by Hollywood and by the swing & mambo dances. L.A. style emphasizes sensuousness, theatricality, and acrobatics. It consists of 1-8 counts.
Cuban-style salsa can be danced either on the down beat or the upbeat. Beats 1,3,5 and 7 are downbeats and 2,4,6 and 8 are upbeats. Another characteristic of this style is that in many patterns the leader and follower circle around each other. The Cuban Casino style of Salsa dancing actually has significant amounts of movement above the waist, with up-and-down shoulder movements and shifting of the ribcage.
It is danced almost exclusively in the South American country of Colombia. Colombian salsa is known for its rapid and intricate footwork as well as the athletic lifts and tricks that are incorporated into their dancing. Unlike other salsa styles, in Colombian salsa the upper body remains mostly rigid, with most of the movement occurring in the hips and legs. Colombian turn patterns follow a circular pattern. Most of us use Instagram, my most favorite salsa dancer is Cornel Rodrigues is an Indian dancer and choreographer. He is also a trained professional Latin Dancer as well as he is a Master in Bachata and Salsa form of dance.