Hey guys, today I am going to tell you a little bit of the history of salsa, since it is a style that we have been incorporating a lot in our shows and enjoy dancing. Salsa is rhythmic, exotic, social, can be sexy..to conclude: Salsa is Life!!
But from the beginning…
So… Salsa is one of several Latin Dance Styles, so one would think that it was first invented in Latin America, right? But did you know that it fully developed in New York City in the 1950’s and 60’s? Interesting right? However afro-cuban rhythms, such as cha-cha, merengue and bossa nova, were brought from immigrating cubans to the United States during the time of Fidel Castro and where mixed with many other influences like jazz music.
Where the roots are
One very famous influencer was the latin jazz musician Tito Puente with his hits: “Oye como va”. In “El Barrio” a district where many cubans and puerto-ricans lived, a lot of musical groups developed that later were represented by Fania Records a very succesful Record group that made it possible for artists to tour around south america with their music. One of these artists was Celia Cruz, or “the Queen of Salsa” with her hits “Guantanamera” and “Quimbara” which is a song that we used for our show for the world championship in Blackpool! Over time different regions of Latin America and the United States have distinct salsa styles of their own, such as Cuban, Puerto Rican, Cali Colombia, L.A. and New York styles.
We love to mix Salsa with Streetdance
We are so happy that we are now able to incorporate this versatile style into our shows and to enjoy dancing it in late nights!