Salsa

New York City

History

Salsa dancing originated in New York City in the 1970's stemming from influence from Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Caribbean Islands. It incorporates various types of traditional Latin American dances such as the Cha Cha Cha and the Mambo as well as techniques from more American styles of dancing. The dance is known for an upbeat tempo and rhythm while emphasizing movement of the hips corresponding with arm and shoulder movements. It is most often performed with a partner, but can also be danced individually or with a group. Salsa dancing's popularity has spread throughout the United States as well as Latin American countries and is most commonly found in night clubs and restaurants.
Mark Wright & Karen Hauer Salsa to 'Viva Las Vegas' - Strictly Come Dancing: 2014 - BBC One