Salsa Lessons? In Durham/Triangle?
First of all, this one is very personal to me. In addition to being married to beautiful Puerto Rican woman, Karen Torres, I also have a beautiful half Puerto Rican son, Sebastian. So it is very much important that Salsa culture be a part of my family. The music, the movement, everything about it, is uplifting and grounding at the same time. So, absolutely, everyone should take Salsa lessons ….. with us! In addition to Salsa, we also teach mambo.
What is Salsa?
Only the most popular and therefore, most sought after Latin dance in the world. Most dances named after the style of the music they are danced to and Salsa is no different. Because of the marriage of congas, bongos, bass, piano, a horn section, and the smaller hand-held percussion instruments, makes you think of the flavors of the sauce, Salsa. Salsa itself is a great marriage of different flavors. Hence the name, Salsa. The dance should be just as flavorful and rhythmical. Most of all, you can learn this awesome dance with Salsa lessons here at Arthur Murray Durham. Click me to get started. If you enjoy Salsa, you will probably enjoy dances like Merengue and Bachata just as much as Salsa.
History of Salsa
Asking Latin dance experts about the history of Salsa is like asking which came first, the chicken or the egg. You’ll hear as many theories as there are experts in the history of this dance. While each story is slightly different, the most universally accepted concept is that contemporary Salsa evolved as the offspring from a number of similar Latin dances, like Mambo, Rumba, and Cha-Cha.
Much of Salsa’s origins can be traced back to the creation of the Rumba and Mambo in Cuba in the 1930s and 1940s. Then Cuban and Puerto Rican musicians and singers made their way to the American mainland in the 20th century. Soon, renowned Latin musicians such as Desi Arnaz, Carmen Miranda, Celia Cruz, and Tito Puente had popularized Latin music and dance and brought them into mainstream America.
Finally, Salsa came into full flower in New York in the 1960s. Fania Records, an independent label that produced some of the most innovative music of the period, needed a catchy term to attach to its artists’ unique fusion of Latin, Spanish, and African rhythms and styles, and the Salsa craze was born.
Great Salsa Dance Songs
“Coco Seco” – Tito Puente
“Cúcala” – Celia Cruz
“Déjame en Paz” – Johnny Colon
“El Cantante” – Marc Anthony
“Hacha y Machete” – Hector Lavoe
Salsa Dance in the Movies