Salsa is a partner-dance with origins in Cuban Son and Afro-Cuban dance. Due to Salsa's popularity as a social dance it has spread throughout America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.
There are many different styles of Salsa dance, which are usually named after the geographic region of their origin:
Los Angeles style, also known as Cross Body Style or On1, places strong emphasis on sensuousness, theatricality and musicality with a basic step characterised by its back and forth motion. Its basic rhythm can be described as quick-quick-slow, quick-quick-slow, and is counted 1 2 3, 5 6 7, where beats 4 and 8 are pauses and the others are transfers of weight. This is the style taught by Salsa Sensation, although sometimes guest instructors teach other styles.
New York Style
Like L.A. style salsa, N.Y. style is danced in a line but is danced on the second beat of the music and is often referred to as On2.
Also known as Colombian Salsa, this rapid style has a diagonal backwards break instead of travelling along a line. Involving less spins and histrionics than L.A. or N.Y. styles, it uses intricate and precise steps and skipping motions.
Although the basic step is similar to L.A. style, it is characterised by a foot tap on beats 4 and 8 and a circular motion instead of dancing along a line.
Rueda de Casino
Taking its name from the Spanish word for 'wheel' and using the same basic step as Cuban style, the pairs of dancers form a circle and swap partners continuously. Each move is called out by a leader.
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