Learn to Salsa at Karen Hardy Dance Studios

The Salsa is danced to up-tempo Latin music but it is not easily defined. Who invented Salsa? The Cubans? Puerto Ricans?

Salsa is a distillation of many Latin and Afro-Caribbean dances. Each played a large part in Salsa’s evolution. To understand the dance we must return to Cuba and the origins of the Rumba. Salsa is similar to Mambo in that both have a pattern of six steps danced over eight counts of music. The dances share many of the same moves.

In Salsa, turns have become an important feature, so the overall look and feel is quite different from Mambo steps. Mambo moves generally forward and backward whereas Salsa has more of a side to side feel. Today, like its sister, Mambo is a dance just about everyone wants to at least have one go at. Whether at a wedding or the local Salsa bar it is one of the most crazed dances of the 21st century. Those who went along for a night of fun at a local Salsa bar now find themselves regularly attending. This in turn has led to many young couples sourcing a dance studio in their area to enjoy further dances alike.

Basic Rhythm: Quick-Quick-Slow

Illustration showing Salsa dance steps

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Our Ballroom Dances:

Social FoxtrotWaltzTangoViennese WaltzFoxtrotQuickstep

Our Latin & Rhythm Dances:

Cha Cha ChaSambaRumbaPaso DobleJiveMamboSalsaArgentine TangoRock ‘n’ Roll


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