About This Dance

Salsa is not easily defined. What is Salsa? A sauce, a recipe, a dance? Who invented salsa? The Cubans, Puerto Ricans? Salsa is a distillation of many Latin and Afro-Caribbean dances. Each played a large part in its evolution. 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 are quite different form those of Mambo. Mambo moves generally forward and backward, whereas, Salsa has more of a side to side feel.

Example Songs for the Salsa

Carnaval - Dance Mania
Bailando - Frank Ruiz
Samba Luku Samba - Ricardo Lemvo
Lejos De Ti (Far From You) - Gloria Estefan
Livin' La Vida Loca - Ricky Martin
Detalles - Oscar D'Leon
El Que Siembra Su Maiz - Celia Cruz
Johnny's Mambo - Chuco & Sarita
Tequila - The Ventures
La Bamba - Ritchie Valens
Autumn - Dance Mania
Nuevo Dia (New Day) - Gloria Estefan
Micaela - Sonora Carruseles
Te Adoro - Salsa Kings


Note: These videos are meant to be reminders for people who have taken our classes. We do not present them as instructional. Many excellent instructional videos may be found on Dance Vision International’s website.