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This post presents information about Salsa dancing and showcases seven videos of that dancing.
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INFORMATION ABOUT SALSA DANCING
"Salsa is a popular form of social dance that originated in New York with strong influences from Latin America, particularly Cuba and Puerto Rico. The movements of salsa have its origins in Cuban Son, Cha cha cha, Mambo and other dance forms, and the dance, along with the salsa music, originated in the mid-1970s in New York.
Salsa dancing originated in New York in the mid-1970s. It evolved from earlier dance forms such as "Cha cha cha" and Mambo which were popular in New York, and incorporated elements of Swing dancing and Hustle, as well as elements of Afro-Cuban and Afro-Caribbean dances such as Guaguanco and Pachanga.
There is some controversy surrounding the origins of the word salsa. Some claim that it was based on a cry shouted by musicians while they were playing their music. Other believe that the term was created by record labels to better market their music, who chose the word "salsa" because of its spicy and hot connotations. Still others believe the term came about because salsa dancing and music is a mixture of different styles, just like salsa or "sauce" in Latin American countries is a mixture of different ingredients...
Every salsa composition involves complex Afro-Cuban percussion based around the Clave Rhythm (which has four types)...
The Different Styles
Salsa's roots are based on different genres such as Puerto Rican rhythms, Cuban Son, specifically to the beat of Son Montuno in the 1920s. However, as it is a popular music, it is open to improvisation and thus it is continuously evolving. New modern salsa styles are associated and named to the original geographic areas that developed them. There are often devotees of each of these styles outside of their home territory. Characteristics that may identify a style include: timing, basic steps, foot patterns, body rolls and movements, turns and figures, attitude, dance influences and the way that partners hold each other.
Incorporating other dance styling techniques into salsa dancing has become very common, for both men and women: shimmies, leg work, arm work, body movement, spins, body isolations, shoulder shimmies, rolls, even hand styling, acrobatics and lifts.
Latin American styles originate from Puerto Rico, Cuba and surrounding Caribbean islands including the Dominican Republic, and then expanding to Venezuela, Colombia, and the rest of Latin America; also heavily influence "Miami" style which is a fusion of Cuban style and North American version. The styles include "Casino", Miami-Style, Cali-style and Venezuelan Style.
North American styles have different characteristics: Los Angeles style breaks on the first beat "On 1" while New York style breaks on the second beat "On 2". Both have different origins and evolutionary path, as the New York Salsa is heavily influenced by Jazz instruments in its early growth stage."...
These videos are presented in chronological order with the oldest dated video given first.
Example #1: Sexy Salsa Smooth
Erick Berninzon, Uploaded on Aug 30, 2009
This video is of Ana and me, Erick Berninzon, dancing at the San Francisco Carnaval in 2009. The band that is playing live in the background is our best local band called Avance. The song is called "Baila que baila." We are not professional dancers but we both love to dance and its our passion. Im Peruvian and she is Mexican and we are dancing what I call street style salsa. Its a mix of Cuban style salsa with some LA style and NY style as well
Example #2: best salsa dancers in the world!
NYC Salsa Classes Uploaded on Jan 10, 2010
Best salsa dancers in the world! Just my own personal top ten countdown of who I think are the best dancers in the salsa scene. Don't agree? Tell us who you think are the best in the comments.
Example #3: 6 degrees Salsa Competition-professional semifinals March 23-2010.mp4
Erick Perdomo, Uploaded on Mar 26, 2010
Example #4: Kuba - Salsa life
Reiseumdiewelt, Uploaded on Aug 14, 2010
Wochenende in Kuba 1999, Tanz auf der Dorfstraße
[Google translate from German to English – Weekend in Cuba in 1999, dancing on the village street”
Example #5: Salsa House En Cuba - Descarga En Callejón De Hamel
SalsaHouseTV, Published on Apr 3, 2012
Jam-session in Callejón de Hamel, Havana, December 2011.
Music: Elio Revé y su Charangón, Agua pa' Yemayá
Example #6: Social ''Salsa New York style on2''
Esteban Zamora Published on Oct 4, 2012
Example #7: The World Games 2013 | DanceSport | Salsa Final
DanceSportTotal, Published on Aug 11, 2013
The Final of the Salsa event of The World Games 2013 in Cali, COL, held at the Cali bullring in front of 18,000 spectators on 28 July. Recorded by Dr Helmut Roland.
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