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Salsa Dance Style


One of the most popular dance styles in the world, the Salsa is a fast paced, high energy Latin dance that comprises impressive looking – but relatively easy to master – dance moves. Known for its happy and light-hearted personality, this dance is fun, flirty and sexy, with fast footwork and intoxicating spins.

With dedicated Salsa dance night clubs all over Australia, learning to Salsa is a popular choice for those who want to impress on a night out, and once you learn the dance you will be working the dance floor in no time. We have classes available for every skill level from absolute beginners, right through to experienced dancers. No dance partner necessary!

History of Salsa

Although originating in Cuba, the Salsa dance style is an accumulation of many Latin and Afro-Caribbean dances and continues to evolve today, with different styles appearing across the world. The two biggest influences on the original Salsa dance style came from the traditional Cuban Son and the Afro-Caribbean Rumba.

The term “Salsa” first emerged in the 1950’s in New York where the dance was heavily influenced by the Puerto Rican community. The term “Salsa” was originally used as a blanket term for all Latin style dances and later, as the names of dances like the Rumba, Merengue and Cha Cha became more commonplace, the word became a descriptor for the exciting, fun and vibrant dance style that we recognise today.

The Salsa is typically a partnered dance and is well-known for its ability to be improvised. The Salsa is a popular social dance throughout Australia, North, South and Central Americas, The Caribbean and Europe, with dedicated Salsa clubs appearing in almost every metropolitan city across the world.

Salsa Music

Salsa music primarily features intriguing and movement inspiring percussion, based around what’s known as the Clave Rhythm. While the BPM (beats per minute) of music suitable for salsa dancing varies, most dancing is done to music in the 160-220 BPM range.

Salsa bands are known for being dynamic and vibrant and usually incorporate an impressive amount of instruments including piano, bongos, guitar, congas, timbales, bass, cowbell and maracas – just to name a few!

Here are our Top songs to dance the Salsa to:

  1. Viva Santana – Tito Puente
  2. Nadie Es Eterno – Tito Rojas
  3. Los Campeones de la Salsa – Willy Chirino
  4. La Rebelion – Joe Arroyo
  5. Ven y Baila Mi Son – Henry Fiol
  6. Quimbara – Celia Cruz

How to get Started Learning The Salsa

At Arthur Murray we offer a range of different options for people interested in learning more about this fun and passionate dance style.

Whether you’re an experienced dancer, an absolute beginner, partnered or single, we can create a lesson plan that suits your personal circumstances and experience level.

We would love to have you in our studio to try out Salsa with a free lesson if you have not been in our studios before. During your free lesson we will assess your skill level, strengths and weaknesses and then, based on our findings, we’ll create a lesson plan just for you which we can incorporate into private or group classes.

Contact us today to claim your free dance lesson and start learning to Salsa!