By: Marisol Rosario

Salsa is listened to commonly in all Latin American countries, especially Cuba.

The origin of Salsa is not completely clear, but most know it as a spinoff of old, traditional Afro-cuban music. So Salsa is most commonly associated with Cubans and is influenced by Cuban music.

Salsa is energetic with a fast tempo that spices up the beat like the food salsa spices up your chips!

Salsa music is based around percussion, with instruments such as

bongos, maracas, congas, and claves. For the brass section, trumpets, saxophones, and trombones are played. Other instruments used in Salsa are xylophones, marimbas, bass, guitars, violins, pianos, accordions, and flutes.

The type of dancing you would do to Salsa music is Salsa dancing!!


Women wear dresses that are tight down to about their knees, and then loose the rest of the way down for easy movement. Dresses are usually red or black with sequence to make the dress pop! High heels are worn too, usually about 4 inches high.

Men wear black pants and a fitted shirt most likely with a low V neck, along with dressy shoes. The man's outfit should never take away from the woman's outfit!

Salsa music is played at clubs because the fun, exuberant beats get everyone dancing!

Characteristics of Salsa Dancing

-man leads and woman follows

-hips are always moving

-sometimes dancers break apart and dance by themselves, to then reconnect

-music has 4 beats per measure but dancers only move on 3 beats and pause for 1

Famous Salsa Artists

Salsa Today and In the Future

Salsa music today is associated with latin american countries, Puerto Rico, and also New York because that is where several Salsa musicians came to play when the music was on the rise.

The popularity of Salsa is declining, but many are counting on Marc Anthony, the "King of Salsa" to keep the music alive in the future.

Ricky Martin - Pégate