Dancing Through Life teaches Salsa to all dancers, hobbyists, and Latin-dance lovers of adult dancing age (or 13 years or older). Widely considered to be the most exciting Latin dance, Salsa is heard in nightclubs and bars across South Florida, Davie, and the larger Broward County area. Our Salsa classes are taught by world-class Latin dance performers and instructors. We teach our students how to look effortless, crisp, sharp and graceful on the dance floor.
Salsa dancing has made its mark on the culture of South Florida. For more information on our classes and schedule, visit our class schedule.
All You Need To Know About Salsa
Salsa embodies a heart-racing dance rhythm with its roots firmly established in Latin American culture. The fun and sexy dance step is now taking hold in cities from Miami to LA to New York. At Dancing Through Life, we offer Salsa dancing classes to teach the sultry step to people who want a taste of a spicier life. Salsa dancing is for fun. Salsa dancing is for health. Salsa dancing is for life.
What is Salsa?
Salsa is a dance that moves to the beat of a Latin-inspired rhythm that hails from Central and South America. With a variety of styles and influences, Salsa dancing is a sumptuous mix of rhythm, style, and music. The steps to the dance can seem complicated at first, but beginners quickly learn to love the simple steps that evolve into the beautiful dance.
The music that drives Salsa clubs and dancing events are upbeat, quick, and a bit more aggressive than most traditional Cuban and Afro-Caribbean beats. Throughout a night at the Salsa club, dancers move their hips to every beat of the drums. Salsa dancing is a culture, a hobby, and an exhilarating form of entertaining exercise.
Salsa is gaining popularity throughout the world. From Central and South America, all the way to Europe and even Asia, Salsa music can be heard in the streets. Individuals of all ages, shapes, and sizes enjoy getting out on the dance floor. Dancing Through Life its committed to teaching the art and fun of Salsa to residents of South Florida to bring health and fun to Miami-Dade County and beyond.
The Benefits of Salsa Dancing
The benefits of Salsa dancing are nearly endless. Here is a pretty good list of advantages that the hot, spicy step offers:
- Entertainment for individuals of all backgrounds
- A dance step that is sexy, attractive, and heart-pumping
- Cardio-centered exercise that is engaging and fun
- Introduction to a dance style that has evolved a widespread culture
- A way to interact with people that goes beyond language and culture barriers
Salsa dancing is a beautiful style that offers a little bit of everything for just about everyone. Dancing Through Life is happy to introduce all of South Florida to the culture that is Salsa.
The History of Salsa
The actual origination of Salsa dancing stems from the 1970s New York City dance seen. Salsa dancing owes its evolution from forms of the Cha Cha and the ever-popular Mambo. Salsa is really a mixture of different dance styles that stem from Afro-Cuban and Afro-Caribbean dancing as well as popular styles from New York City. As a culmination of swing dancing, the Cha-Cha and Mambo, and dances like the Guaguanco and Pachanga, Salsa is a dynamic step that draws from the best of South, Central, and North American cultures.
No one theory as to where the word “Salsa” originated is widely accepted. Because of the mix of dance styles distilled into it, many believe the word represents the complexity of the mixture of dances that came together to make it — a “Salsa” of dance styles if you will.
Others believe that the word reflects the “spiciness” and “hot” nature of the dance steps. Hips move, swivel, and beckon, making it a seductive and sully type of dance. No matter where the word comes from, Salsa dancing reflects a spicy style of dance that holds a history with roots in a variety of fun, exciting dance steps.
New York City may have been the birthplace of Salsa, but its home is truly global. Salsa dance festivals, or “Salsa congresses”, are becoming more and more popular around the world. The history of Salsa is a relatively new one, but the future looks bright.
Types of Salsa
Even in its short history, Salsa has evolved into a variety of different dance types. On the streets of NYC, Mexico City, and LA, there are clubs dedicated to individual types of Salsa. Although more types are popping up as this is being written, the following are the most popular Salsa step types: Miami, Columbian, Cuban, Rueda de Casino, LA, and New York.
Miami style Salsa dancing is a reflection of the culture in which it developed. Miami style Salsa came from the infusion of Cuban style Salsa with both LA style and wider American culture. This type of Salsa is known for a backwards breaking diagonal movement. Miami-style also is danced on the downbeat, making it unique among Salsa dance style. Miami has a unique culture, and its Salsa style is a wonderful representation of the uniqueness.
Columbian (Cali) Style
Columbian, or “Cali” Salsa, hails from the city of Cali in Columbia. This type of dance is probably the most popular style, specifically in nightclubs and festivals. The hallmark of Columbian Salsa is the quick step and skipping nature of the footwork. Cross-body leads are not used in this style, but rather focuses on intricate footwork.
Cuban (Casino) Style
The Casino style owes its name to the Spanish phrase for dance halls or “Casinos Deportivos”. Differences between Cuban and other Salsa dance steps mainly stem from parts of the language related to the dance. Since the language stems back to “Afro-Cuban” dance, all the other types of steps integrate into the dance through the use of integrated movements, gestures, and more. The actual use of the style varies from dancer to dancer.
Rueda de Casino
Developed in Havana, Cuba, Rueda de Casino features a circle of pairs of dancers where dance moves are actually spoken by an individual. Partners are switched quickly, dance steps called out on-demand, and the pace fast. Rueda de Casino is a mix of different dance styles that culminate in a fun, exciting iteration of Salsa.
Heavily influenced by Latin ballroom dancing, LA style Salsa is known for its impressive integration of aerobatics, musicality, and some serious sensuality. The style is made up of a basic forward/backward step that adds a cross-body lead. LA style Salsa is active, exciting, and stunning.
New York Style
New York style Salsa dancing, also known as Mambo Salsa, draws from a more free-style structure. Body waves, shimmying, shines, and quite a bit of freestyle are the hallmarks of New York style Salsa dance. Nailing down an exact step to relate to New York style is almost impossible since the freedom of the steps is the main component of it.
How to Dance Salsa
Learning how to dance Salsa is a rewarding, fun experience. At Dancing Through Life, we teach Salsa dancing to people of all ages, shapes, and sizes. The only way to truly learn how to Salsa dance is to grab a partner and start dancing. Our Salsa dancing classes teach through doing, learning, and gaining experience from our professional instructors.
We can teach only so much through simple text, but several elements of Salsa are pretty easy to understand. Salsa is always danced as a couple, and usually on a 4-4 beat. Through every four beats, the first three are danced to. The fourth beat in the set of beats usually sees a bit of a tap of the heel or the toe. Feet are moved and weight is shifted from one foot to the other on each of the first three beats.
Once the basics of Salsa dancing are perfected, people can walk into nearly any Salsa club with confidence. Of course, just like any other kind of dance, there is much to learn once the surface is scratched. With styles that are both regionally and globally inspired, learning to Salsa dance often becomes a lifelong passion.
Salsa dancing is great exercise, great fun, and an even better ice-breaker. Salsa is perfect for people who want a more romantic experience at the dance club, or a more erotic way to express oneself. Salsa makes hips swing, feet dance, and people fall in love.
A Life of Salsa
With nightclubs popping up throughout South Florida, learning Salsa is a great way to meet people. Davie, Weston, Pembroke Pines, Fort Lauderdale, Sunrise, and Miramar are just a few of the areas in South Florida that are seeing a Salsa revolution. Dancing Through Life offers Salsa classes that teach people how to live and love Salsa.
Be warned, once you learn to Salsa and go out for a night on the town, you might never go back. Salsa becomes a lifestyle for those who want to dance and meet fun, exciting people. Stepping into a Salsa club without any training, however, can be a daunting prospect. Come to Dancing Through Life to develop the skills you need to tear up the dance floor.
People end up loving Salsa more than the Porsche they drove in. What’s better? Salsa costs almost nothing. Dancing Through Life teaches an invaluable skill that helps get people out of the house and begin meeting people they might have otherwise never met. Salsa dancing is taking over South Florida; don’t be left behind.
Learn the sultry, exotic dance step at Dancing Through Life today. Check out our class schedule here.