With our new series, we’re bringing you everything you need to know about the rhythms you love to dance your heart out to in class. First up is salsa!
Where it’s from
Salsa came to be in New York City in the 1960s, thanks to thriving Puerto Rican and Cuban communities. Its roots are in Puerto Rican bomba and plena sounds as well as the Cuban mambo and cha cha cha.
True salsa junkies listen to classic artists like Celia Cruz, Eddie Palmieri, Oscar D’Leon, and anyone who was part of the Fania All-Stars. Today’s stars include Marc Anthony and Victor Manuelle.
Why we love it
Salsa music is perfect for either partner dancing or solo acts. Its one-of-a-kind sound comes from unique instruments like the conga (a tall drum), the guiro (which makes a scraping sound), and LOTS of cowbell!
Ready to brush up on your salsa moves? Let Beto Perez show you how it’s done!