Salsa may be the most popular dance in Jacksonville! It can be danced in various clubs and restaurants almost any night of the week!
Salsa will teach you to have good Control (balance while moving), is great exercise because of it’s speed, and is good for meeting people because of it’s popularity. Salsa tends to attract a younger crowd. The more advanced levels have challenging spins and turns that are fast-paced and fun!
Cuba served as a mixing bowl for dances coming from various parts of the Caribbean and Latin America, and that each of those dances had roots in other places and cultures as well so that what eventually evolved into today’s salsa can claim roots in African drumming and dance, French and English country dancing, Spanish flamenco, and the spirit and individual style of the Cuban, Haitian, Dominican and other peoples dancing it. There were similar mixing bowls of rhythm and sound in other countries, but the Cuban style is the one that gained the most attention, notoriety, and popularity. The name salsa came along later in New York City in the 1930s. It began as a nickname for danceable Hispanic music, and it didn’t matter what the specific dance was. Salsa didn’t become broadly known until the 1960s and 1970s. Today Salsa is one of the most popular dances in the world!