Salsa is without a doubt the most popular Latin-American dance in the world. Part of its success is in the music, named after the sauce – hot, spicy and full of Latin flavour: you feel like dancing when you hear it.
Though there is an old discussion who invented Salsa – Cubans or Puerto Ricans, we can say Salsa is a melting pot of many Latin and Afro-Caribbean dances. That is quite true, but still Mambo was the main influence – even the basic of Salsa is called Mambo step.
At this point several distinct styles of Salsa coexist – LA, NY, Columbian and Cuban Salsa, the latter can be referred as Miami, Casino and Rueda. They are all can be danced to the same music, but differ not just in the logistics, but even in timing.
If you go to a Salsa club let’s say in Toronto, you will for sure see all kinds of Salsa represented.
The other reason why Salsa is popular is because it is a social dance based on almost total improvisation – the follower has no idea what the leader would do next. That makes Salsa very exciting with lots of room for creativity, flirtation & fun.