How to dance salsa cubana

6 Basic Cuban Salsa Steps You Need To Know

Among the different styles of salsa, the Cuban, which is also called "casino", is the most danced and for which more people usually start dancing salsa.

With the exception of a few dance figures, most of the Cuban salsa figures are performed in pairs and together with the music they do a very fun, energetic and social dance that we at go&dance openly recommend.

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Is Cuban salsa a choreography or an improvisation?

Although the figures that are being learnt can concatenate and achieve a salsa song that is totally choreographed, the truth is that cuban salsa is danced spontaneously and freely. When the appropriate fluency is reached, the figures or part of them will be made, taking elements separately, in an improvised way, following the rhythm of the music.

The grip is very important. Depending on the figure to be made, there are different types of grip. In general, most of the time the dance is with the couple open, by grasping a hand.

Today we want to show you some of the basic Cuban salsa steps to start dancing this beautiful and fun dance.

6 key moves you need to know to dance Cuban Salsa

Step 1. The basic step of Cuban salsa

The Cuban basic step has a rhythm of three steps followed by a pause, fast-fast and slow. The basic step is done by taking one foot back, stepping on the floor with the other foot and returning to the first position. Then, after a pause cam, the operation is repeated again with the other foot.

The step back should not be exaggerated, but only serve to make the hip movement more agile.

Step 2. Dile que no.

One of the most important steps of Cuban Casino style salsa, used continuously after the completion of each figure. It starts in the grip position and ends with one hand held.

Its name,"dile que no" (tell him no), comes from the fact that the man marks a forward and a lateral in beats 1,2 and 3, while the woman in beat 5, instead of stepping back makes a figure fake and finally a change of position in the shape of a crescent.

As we can see, this step consists of the woman moving away from her dancing partner by means of her rotation (saying no). The movement ends when the man pulls the woman towards himself and the two of them are placed close together again, but on the opposite side to the one they had in the beginning.


Step 3.


The enchufla is characterized by a change of position in the dance and because it moves from dancing to arm free to grip, with half a turn of the boy and half a turn of the girl.

In the case of the man, in the first measure he marks with his left foot, walks with his right foot, and in beat 3 he walks again with his left foot and starts a half turn to the right. In the second measure, it will mark the beats 5,6,7 being front and with full grip with the girl. When walking in time 2 she pushes the girl to a change of position, raising her left arm so that the girl passes under her arm.

The girl in the first measure marks with her right foot and walks with her left foot, advances in beat 3 with her right foot and starts a half turn to the left.


Step 4. The cubanito

The cubanito or cubanito is one of the initiation steps in salsa. In short, it is a small game between the couple, between fakes and feints, which ends with an openbreak and a no to say no, to finish the figure.

In its visual aspect, the boy follows the girl's movements by placing himself behind her, then moving to the front position and repeating the steps again. The figure will end with a plug, the openbreak and tell him no.

Step 5. 70 en la salsa

At the beginning of the figure, in beats 1,2 and 3 the spin is prepared. The boy raises his left arm in beat 3 and the girl will turn in beat 3 to her right. In beats 5-6-7 the girl turns completely to her right with three steps forward, describing a small circle.

Meanwhile, the boy in these steps can stay in place by marking the base step, or better yet, move around the girl on her left. Finally, we will undo the figure as if it were a plug.

Step 6. Croqueta complicada

The croqueta complicada is one of the most visual figures when it comes to salsa dancing. Starting from a enchufla and changing hands, the girl will make a complete turn in one direction or another, before ending up in an openbreak and saying no to her.




As you can see, these are some of the main dance steps of Cuban salsa. If you have not danced and you are a beginner, you must know that salsa dancing is a very entertaining activity to have fun with as a couple, strengthening relationships, and with many healthy advantages.

So at go&dance we encourage you to sign up for salsa classes to have fun in a social and fun way.

You may also be interested in: 4 basic bachata steps for dancing to any song

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The Different Styles of Salsa Dancing

If you’re new to salsa dancing, you may not be aware that there are actually a few different types of salsa dancing that are danced around the world.

The music that they are danced to is usually the same (although there are a few exceptions) but that the styles are different enough that if you only know one style of salsa, you may have trouble dancing with someone dancing another style.

This can get pretty confusing, so we’ve put together this guide to teach you about the different styles of salsa dancing that are out there. By the end of the article you’ll learn what the different styles of salsa look like, maybe discover some new styles, and find the style of salsa that’s right for you!

How many types of salsa dance are there

There are 6 different styles of salsa danced around the world. Salsa dancing originated in New York, but has evolved into different forms in different countries. You can learn more about the different styles of salsa below.

The different styles of salsa dancing:

  • New York Style Salsa (Salsa On 2)
  • LA Style Salsa (Salsa On 1)
  • Cuban Style Salsa (Salsa Cubana)
  • Salsa Rueda (Rueda de Casino)
  • Colombian Salsa (Salsa Caleña)
  • Salsa Choke

New York Style Salsa (Salsa On 2)

Salsa music as we know it today originated in New York, and New York-style salsa is the style of salsa that originated there. New York-style salsa is sometimes called “linear salsa” or “linea” by dancers of other styles because it is danced in a line (or “in the slot”) similar to Hustle or West Coast Swing, from which it was influenced.

New York-style salsa is often referred to as “Salsa On 2” or “On2 Salsa” because the break step in New York style happens on the second beat of the music. On2 salsa was popularized by Eddie Torres, and on2 dancers argue that their style is more musical because it more closely aligns with the tumbao & clave, two common musical patterns found in salsa music.

Salsa On2 has grown in popularity in recent years, and is a popular way of dancing for advanced dancers and at international dance festivals. Because of its similarity to LA Style Salsa, most On2 dancers can also dance On1, although they may prefer the former.

LA Style Salsa (Salsa On 1)

LA-style salsa is probably the most popular form of salsa dancing in the world. It is the style of salsa that is taught most broadly, and most dancers of other styles of salsa dancing will have at least some familiarity with it. If you want to learn the most broadly applicable form of salsa, LA-style salsa is a good choice.

LA-style salsa, like its name suggests, orginated in Los Angeles, California, and was popularized by the Vazquez brothers. LA-style salsa is danced in a line, similar to New York style salsa, but dancers break on the first beat of the music (on 1) rather than on 2. Many newer dancers find this timing more intuitive.

Cuban Style Salsa (Salsa Cubana)

Cuban-style salsa or Salsa Cubana is a type of salsa that originated in Cuba. Cuba-style salsa, unlike New York or LA-style, is danced in a circular motion similar to East Coast Swing, rather than in a line. The turn patterns in Cuban salsa typically are in a constant circular motion, with lots of hand tricks and movements.

Salsa Cubana is often danced to a genre of music known as “timba”, which is a form of salsa music that is popular in Cuba. Cuban dancers also often incorporate Afro movements into their dancing, although this is increasingly a popular trend in New York and LA-style salsa as well.

Salsa Rueda (Rueda de Casino)

Salsa rueda, also known as Rueda de Casino is another type of salsa that originated in Cuba. “Rueda” in Spanish means “wheel”, and in salsa rueda a group of couples dance together in a giant circle, rather than as individuals.

In salsa rueda, there is one leader who calls out what move to do, and all the couples in the circle execute the move simultaneously. The moves are similar to those of Cuban-style salsa, and a salsa rueda dance involves a coordinated dance of synchronized movement, partner switches, and intricate turn patterns.

Colombian Salsa (Salsa Caleña)

Colombian salsa, also known as Salsa Caleña (named after Cali, Colombia, where the dance originated) is one of the rarest forms of salsa. Outside of Colombia there are very few cities in the world where Colombian salsa is danced regularly.

Inside Colombia, however, is another matter entirely. Cali, Colombia calls itself “La Capital Mundial de Salsa” or the “world capital of salsa”, and it has valid claims to that title. The city by some estimates has over 200 salsa academies, more than any other city in the world. Every year the city hosts a massive festival called the Feria de Cali, with thousands of dancers, and the city is host to a number of massive salsa dance competitions.

Salsa Caleña is similar to Cumbia, another dance which originated in Colombia, and like Cuban salsa is danced in a circle. Colombian salsa is characterized by extremely fast footwork and quick knee movements, as well as acrobatics and lifts at the performance and competition level.

Salsa Choke

Salsa choke (pronounced “cho-que”) is another style of salsa that originates from Colombia. Unlike other styles of salsa, salsa choke is danced individually, but in a group, where one dancer leads a step and the others in the group follow.

Salsa choke is danced specifically to salsa choke music, which is a type of music that sounds a little like a cross between salsa music and reggaeton.

Hopefully that overview of the different styles of salsa dance gives you a better idea of the different salsa variations that are out there! If you still have any questions, leave it in the comments and we’ll do our best to answer it.

What is "salsa" and what is it eaten with?

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Author Viktor Radzyun, founder and permanent observer of the site www., winner (together with Natalia Mikhalchuk) of the salsa competition at the 1st International Salsa Congress in St. Petersburg.

It is rather difficult to define salsa in one word: try to describe the music and dance in a nutshell. Although the Latin Americans themselves tried to do this already in the name itself: the fact is that “salsa” [salsa] in Spanish is “sauce”, a thing that embodies every mixture for the Latins (it’s good that the name was not invented here: in Russia salsa would certainly be called a vinaigrette).

It all started in the late 60's in New York's Harlem, an area that we associate in our minds with Negro music and jazz. However, it was this area of ​​New York and the Hispanics who inhabited it (mainly Cubans and Puerto Ricans) played a huge role in the development and spread of modern Latin music, in particular, the phenomenon that is now known as salsa. Latin Americans, who had just moved to the States, preferred their native music. However, their children, who were already born in New York, were “cramped” within the framework of traditional Latin American culture: they grew up listening to both Latin American music and North American jazz. One of the results of this mixture was mambo, which quickly became fashionable in the 50s. Salsa was born a little later, as a single style, it developed in the 80s. But if the fashion for mambo has passed, then salsa continues to be popular all over the world to this day.

First experience

So, back to my first salsa experience. Imagine: Petersburg, mid-October, rain, slush, dark and gray. We go to the Mom's Club, which is known to me as the "nest" of ravers. Behind the iron door of the club there is a dark corridor of brown bricks and a staircase upstairs, the ceiling is painted black. The impression, to put it mildly, is gloomy…

We go upstairs: loud music is playing, surprisingly joyful and bright, there are a lot of people, and they don't look like ravers at all. Young people, whose average age is 25, dance in pairs, and not “for the public”, as in ballroom dancing - somewhat pretentious and theatrical, but on the contrary - naturally, as if playing, clearly enjoying it all. At the same time, the girls, as expected, look feminine, and the guys look courageous. Everyone is surprisingly friendly, immediately there are people who are ready - here and now - to teach me how to dance. And yet the main thing is naturalness: both in clothes (forget about ballroom costumes), and in relationships between people.

... Many years have passed since then, I studied salsa and danced it in my native St. Petersburg, then moved to Moscow for work, traveled to Belarus and Ukraine, Finland, Sweden, Latvia - and met people everywhere, just like me "sick" salsa, always ready to support and help in difficult times.

The secret of her success

So, what is the secret of salsa's popularity? In thinking about this topic, I found several explanations for this.

  1. The first reason is surprisingly banal: people have nothing to do with themselves in their free time. Anticipating objections, I will explain my thought. Someone after work goes to the gym, someone - to the theater, someone - just meets with friends. Salsa, to some extent, combines all these things together: it is both a physical development and a spiritual one; after all, salsa is just great company. Going to a Latin disco, you can be sure that, unlike a regular disco, you won't get screwed by dancing with someone else's girl; the girls, in turn, are guaranteed from annoying harassment of excessively ardent admirers. Here, in passing, it is worth mentioning that dancing salsa on a drunken head is very difficult: this dance requires good coordination of movements and a clear head. Therefore, there are usually no drunks at salsa discos.
  2. The second reason is the availability of salsa. This is its fundamental difference from ballroom dancing. We all love to watch these performances, while realizing that we will never dance like that ourselves. Therefore, it is better not to try. Salsa, on the other hand, is a dance for everyone, and everyone can master it (although, of course, if you want to dance well, you will have to sweat, especially at first).
  3. The third reason I would call people's inclination to dance. As you know, folk dances occupy a large place in the culture of every nation. However, at some stage in the development of society, these dances die out as outdated, unable to meet the needs of people. The phenomenon of Latin American culture is that it is quite young, but its development takes place in modern conditions. It organically absorbs both archaic songs and dances of Indians, Africans, old Spanish music, as well as jazz, rock, reggae and even rap. Salsa is often called a "social" dance, but I would define it as a modern folk dance, which I think captures the essence more accurately.
  4. From the nationality of salsa, a direct path to its naturalness. Salsa is very organic, its movements do not tolerate pretentiousness and excessive sensuality, characteristic of stage dances. At a disco, such a dance would look just ridiculous.
  5. Despite the seeming simplicity of salsa, it is primarily a pair dance. Salsa "alone" does not exist (although there are solo elements in this dance). The “roles” in the couple are clearly established: the partner always leads, determining the movement of the couple; partner - "led", following him. In salsa, the main features inherent in each of the sexes are especially clearly manifested: a man must be decisive, strong, smart; a woman - insightful, graceful and feminine, sometimes wayward.
  6. Salsa is beautiful and varied. This applies equally to the dance itself and to the music. Salsa music can be recklessly cheerful, or it can be melancholy, almost sad. Salsa is constantly evolving, absorbing new musical and dance trends. To date, it has developed three main dance styles: Cuban (we often call it "casino"), New York and Los Angeles.
  7. And finally, the last one. People involved in salsa are very friendly and tolerant, always happy to help others and, because of this, successful in everyday life. Why is it so? Firstly, thanks to the pairing of salsa, we begin to feel each other better, learn to interact. In addition, in salsa there is no “binding” to a couple, as in sports ballroom dancing. Everyone dances with everyone, and this makes you constantly adapt to different people, find a common language with them, be self-confident, without, however, humiliating others. Secondly, and this has long been noted, people who are interested in a foreign culture (in this case, Latin American) have a great outlook and receptivity to everything new.

After all that has been said, is it any wonder that salsa is so popular all over the world?

Salsa on Russian soil

Of course, Latin American students (primarily Cubans) brought salsa to Russia, who studied at many institutes and universities of the Soviet Union. It all started with dances in hostels that Hispanics arranged for themselves. It took time for salsa to “take root” in foreign soil, and it was time for the students to return home. Some of them still remained in the USSR, while striving to settle in the capital cities. Therefore, it is not surprising that Moscow became the first center of salsa in our country, and Cuban became the main dance style.

By the mid-1990s, several permanent Latin American discos already existed in Moscow, where they danced not only salsa, but also merengue and cumbia. Around the same time, the famous club "Fiesta Latina" was opened in St. Petersburg, which became a milestone in terms of "marketing" of salsa. The fact is that in the "Fiesta" there were two dance halls, the larger of which was given to ordinary dances, and the smaller one to Latin American. Thus, the club operated at a profit, while attracting new people to Latin American dances. Further, the process developed like an avalanche: both in Moscow and in the northern capital, Latin American discos and salsa schools began to grow like mushrooms: "latina" became fashionable. If earlier the visitors of such discos were mainly Latin Americans and their girlfriends, now most of the dancers are Russian guys and girls, and they dance at a very high level. This change was also reflected in the rules of salsa competitions: earlier they were held separately for non- and Latin Americans, but the last competition according to this scheme was held in 2000, at subsequent competitions Russian dancers competed with Latin American dancers on an equal footing.

Having achieved popularity in the capitals, salsa moved on. In 2001, the dance club "Bugalu" was opened in Rostov-on-Don, which became a real "third front" of salsa in Russia. Its creators, the Vanyushins, managed to prove that salsa is not only the lot of the capitals, having created one of the most successful and respected salsa schools in Russia and the CIS. Around the same time, the Irkutsk dance club "La Palma" introduced salsa lessons into its program. In the summer of the same year, the first International Salsa Congress (which has become annual) was held in St. Petersburg, organized by the St. Petersburg studios "Salsa Viva" and "Sierra Maestra", in which the most famous Moscow salsa schools took part: "Arriba Dos", "Own School", as well as teachers and guests from Sweden, Finland, Poland, Ukraine and other countries.

In 2002, the famous annual festivals "Third Front" were launched in Rostov-on-Don, and in the summer of 2004 the school "Salsa Cubana" was opened in Krasnodar, the name of which, by the way, can be translated from Spanish as "Cuban Salsa" , and as "Kuban salsa". What is this, no matter how evidence that salsa came to Russia “for a long time and seriously” and successfully took root on Russian soil?

Siberian Salsa

Recently, a salsa school was opened in Novosibirsk, headed by Alex Dean. Alexander, an energetic Siberian, worked in Moscow for several years, and devoted all his free time to salsa, studying at the popular Moscow school "Arriba Dos" under the guidance of Olga Nosova, famous in Russian salsa circles.

From November 2003 to April 2004, while in Novosibirsk, Alexander managed to organize salsa classes for beginners in the Siberian capital in a relatively short time, which are very popular. Sasha is not only a great enthusiast of Latin American music and dances, but also, what is important, an experienced organizer. Having managed to create successful salsa courses in Novosibirsk literally from scratch, Alexander did not stop there and agreed to jointly hold permanent Latin American discos in one of the best clubs in the city - Rock City.

Sasha devoted his new trip to the capital to preparations for the opening of a full-fledged and serious salsa school in Novosibirsk. The search for materials, the creation of teaching methods, the development of the concept of the school required considerable effort and time, because Alexander wants to present salsa to his fellow countrymen in its full beauty and attractiveness. He perceives salsa not just as a dance, one of many, but as a way of thinking, a lifestyle, a social phenomenon that can make us all better and kinder.

Alex Dean's large-scale plans for the development of the salsa movement in Novosibirsk are captivating and captivating, but you should not consider them just some kind of “castles in the air”. In the future, Alex assumes, in addition to conducting dance classes, tours of groups playing Latin American music in Novosibirsk. He also does not rule out the possibility of holding a festival of Latin American music, culture and dance in Siberia. And, knowing Alexander, I'm ready to fly to Novosibirsk.

And, knowing Alexander, I'm ready to fly to Novosibirsk.


Salsa [salsa] is music that has its origins in the Afro-Cuban tradition.

In the early 1930s, Mario Bauza, a Cuban musician who came to New York with an orchestra led by Don Azpiazu, settled in Harlem (unlike the other orchestra members who returned to Cuba). He was later joined by Machito and Chano Pozo, with whom he began playing bebop (a jazz style very popular at the time) in New York. Influenced by the innovations brought to American jazz by Cuban musicians (this concerns, first of all, the complex rhythm of the clave [clave], a new "hybrid" style of bebop has developed called cubop [cubop].

Interestingly, around the same time, there was a large influx of Cuban musicians to Mexico (such as Beny More, Perez Prado, Humberto Cane and many others) due to opening there huge prospects brought about by the rise of the Mexican film industry. Mario Bause in New York and Perez Prado in Mexico City and is credited with creating the mambo style, which finally took shape in the late 1940s.

The fifties were the years of the mambo, cha-cha-cha and rumba rhythm craze. Latin American dance bands were extremely popular; Latin music was everywhere, including music for Hollywood films and American television programs. Latin American dance studios are ubiquitous, teaching Americans the sultry Latin rhythms.

However, due to the huge influence of the "British expansion" of the 60s (The Beatles, Rolling Stones, etc.), the popularity of Latin music has declined significantly. At this time, through the efforts of Pete Rodriguez [Pete Rodriguez], Joe Cuba [Joe Cuba] and others, a new popular style of Latin music was born, known as boogaloo [boogaloo].

In the seventies there was a new surge in the popularity of Latin American music. A huge role in the development of Latin music at this stage in the United States and Puerto Rico was played by the record company "Fanya" [The Fania Records] and the musicians "promoted" by it. New York and Puerto Rican ensembles at the time were playing Latin music in a hard style, with a heavy "drive", which the zealots of the purity of salsa consider as the only real salsa music (or at least the best part of it). This style of salsa is called "salsa caliente" [salsa caliente] or "salsa gorda" [salsa gorda].

The 1980s brought to the world a new style - "salsa romantica" [salsa romantica], which replaced the style of "salsa caliente". This style can be characterized by a more moderate tempo and much less harshness of the music. In the lyrics, there is a departure from the previously usual display of difficult everyday reality in the direction of sentimental love lyrics. This style is still very popular, mostly among women, who buy significantly more records than men, and thus keep this, in general, a commercial style of salsa wither.

Despite the prejudice among connoisseurs towards romantic salsa, it cannot be denied that it has kept salsa from dying and spoiling. This change in mainstream salsa is also reflected in the fact that most of today's salsa players are not hardened professionals who have gone through the harsh school of life: once started playing music in third-rate clubs and achieved worldwide popularity (like Willie Colon ] or Oscar de Leon [Oscar de Leon]). Today's young musicians are predominantly white performers, whose main quality is an attractive appearance (examples of this are Hiro [Giro] or "Salsa Kids" ["Salsa Kids"]).

The nineties were the time when salsa spread around the world with great speed. Perhaps, now it is already difficult to call salsa a phenomenon of only Latin American culture, since a huge number of people in all parts of the world are covered by "salsomania".
Strictly speaking, by the nineties, salsa had become a truly established musical style, within which the structure of musical works became quite homogeneous, and not sharply different from song to song, depending on the ensemble performing them. This phenomenon also has its downsides: many songs seem similar to each other; salsa connoisseurs believe that the musical themes have become somewhat weaker, "thinner". However, by the end of the decade, there was a trend of further development of salsa based on the classics of the genre. Music producers and disc jockeys deliberately give the new songs the sound of classic salsa, which is a great success with listeners. Remakes of old salsa, with a more modern form, arouse listeners' interest in original works.

So who is the creator of salsa? There is no simple answer to this question. The Cubans gave life to the musical phenomenon known today as salsa. On the other hand, more than other Latin American peoples, Puerto Ricans absorbed, developed and promoted this musical style. Colombians remain the custodians of the musical tradition of salsa, while other contemporary musicians continue their experiments within the style.

All this only means that salsa is still alive: having a rich history and traditions, it continues to develop, attracting more and more new fans.

RUEDA: What is rueda?

Today there are four recognized dance styles in salsa: Cuban salsa - casino (casino), Los Angeles style, New York style and the so-called "freestyle". Rueda stands apart - a way to dance casino "collectively". The word "rueda" in Spanish means "wheel, circle". Rueda is a dance that is danced by several couples, led by one person - the leader, while changing partners. Each dancer must know the movements (vueltas) and strictly follow the instructions of the leader.

That is, rueda has its own well-defined choreography, unlike other styles where variations are possible. It cannot be otherwise - after all, rueda is a collective dance, and the mistakes of one couple will lead to its premature and ugly end.

Interestingly, the origins of the rueda lie in the dances that were in vogue in French salons in the 18th century. Later, these dances were brought to Cuba and fell in love with the local "high society". From generation to generation, the dance has changed, as the dancers, having adopted the very principle of group dance, have changed the original movements to casino movements. Thus was born that "rueda de casino", which is now danced everywhere. In Cuba, in order to dance the rueda, the dancer must first master the figures and steps of the casino.

In the 60s and 70s of the 20th century, when the world was experiencing a "salsa boom", rueda also gained great popularity - no longer as a "salon dance", but, on the contrary, as a folk entertainment. Rueda was danced by "district teams", so to speak, barrio upon barrio. Competitions were regularly held, the winners of which were the rueds, who managed to hold out without mistakes for a longer time, while demonstrating the refinement and beauty of their movements. This tradition, of course, has survived to this day, and, of course, not only in Cuba.

Of course, each barrio invented its own movements. If a couple wanted to enter the rueda, they asked permission from the leader, and started dancing with everyone only after receiving his consent. At the same time, if the pair was from another barrio and the leader wanted to correctly "get rid" of it, he would announce some specific movement invented specifically in this rueda, and the "foreign pair", inevitably making mistakes, "dropped out of the game. "

The number of couples participating in the rueda is from two to 20-30. The role of leader is the most responsible in rueda. His task is to command (cantar) and to see that the couples do not get confused in the movements and the dance is not spoiled. However, sometimes, when there are many couples in rueda, the leader does exactly the opposite, and then a very funny and beautiful game turns out. The leader announces all sorts of complex figures, and the couples try their best to portray something similar to the desired movement. The pair that makes a mistake is out. The spirit of rivalry between couples gives rueda excitement, and its participants perform movements more clearly, which makes the dance beautiful.

To make a beautiful rueda, couples don't have to do a lot of movements or perform too long and intricate movements. A lot depends on the leader, his ability to clearly, easily pronounce commands, "decorating" them with short funny comments, for example, "dame" (otra que esta no me gusta) - "give me" (another partner, I don't like this one). Naturally, the leader should not invent moves on the fly or use moves that are unknown to most rueda participants.


Salsa de Casino dance school.

Salsa - new sets

Cuban salsa at the dance school in St. Petersburg

Latin American dances are famous for their incendiary energy and beauty. Most of them are social dances, such as the Casino salsa, also called Cuban or Cubana. It is sociality that makes them so attractive: a flirting dance will provide new acquaintances and impressions.

Kuban salsa is a pair dance, but it is not necessary to come to the dance school with your partner. On the contrary, let different people dance with you, gaining invaluable experience of interaction, honing the movements, and not adapting to one partner.


Salsa has conquered the world. So what is her secret?

  • Despite all the grace of the dancers and the external complexity of the movements, people who are not new to Cuban salsa move in an absolutely relaxed manner. Isn't that what we all crave - rest, relaxation, harmony and pleasure.
  • There is no need to memorize the order of dance sequences, because salsa is pure improvisation, a fire of feelings, a whirlwind of emotions.
  • The aesthetics of Latin dances has been sung in art - painting and cinema since its inception. The reason for this is the circular trajectory of body movements, the interlacing of hands, the active work of the hips and shoulders. The dance makes almost all the muscles of the body work, which is why it looks so dynamic, alive.
  • Frequent change of partners is also a definite plus of this dance direction. It can be difficult to find a person who is ready to share your passion for something, even if only because of the difference in schedule. When you come to a dance school, you do not have to worry about this - there are a lot of people here, and finding a partner is not difficult. What will be the reason for new acquaintances and finding friends of the same interests.

History of origin

Salsa is a relatively new direction, which appeared much later than cha-cha-cha, sleep guaracha and mambo. And therefore, we can trace how it arose.

Cuba is the birthplace of all the dance styles listed above. Salsa originated in the 1960s exactly there, but it gains special distribution and some modification thanks to emigrants from Cuba living in New York. This is how Salsa LA

appears But let's get back to Casino's salsa. She appeared in the Cuban casino Deportivo (Casino Deportivo), hence the origin of the name. Although Rueda and Cha-cha-cha are considered the progenitors of Kuban, movements from Son, Pachanga and Rumba are also used.

Salsa LA

Salsa belongs to Latin American dances, famous for its gracefulness and sexuality. But its subspecies differ from each other as much as distant relatives. The reason is a considerable run-up in time and place of occurrence.


The origin of salsa is undeniably Cuban, and its first offspring is Cuban salsa, which appeared in the 1960s. The emigration of Cubans to America did not go unnoticed by the dance industry: new types of salsa appear that have gained maximum fame - New York and Los Angeles.

The 1990s also saw the rise of hip-hop, jazz, breakdance, and since this coincided with the "birth" of LA salsa, you can feel their influence in it. Therefore, it more often than others includes movements close to acrobatic ones, and is used for competitions.


How is Salsa Los Angeles different from New York or Casino (Cuban)?

  • The biggest difference is linearity. If Casino leads his dancers in a circle, then Salsa LA is a linear salsa, partners move in a straight line. Periodically, they change places, making 180° turns.
  • In NY, the emphasis is on the weak beat of the music - deuce, and LA - "Salsa on 1", the dance begins on the first beat.
  • Salsa New York is a "feline" dance filled with grace, Salsa LA is daring, cheerful, incredibly sexy.
  • The man leads and the partner is the follower. At the same time, Los Angeles distributes attention between the participants equally, sometimes with a preponderance in favor of the gentleman, while in New York the woman catches the eye, leaving the companion in the background.

Salsa Ladies styling

Salsa Ladies styling - is a collection of choreographic movements that contribute to the discovery of femininity, the manifestation of sexuality and charm. Having worked on Ladies styling for a sufficient time, you will notice that even the gait and everyday plasticity have changed: the movements have become smooth, the clumsiness has evaporated. Bonus: not only you will notice this, but also those around you. Improvisation is part of Lady style. Let the body move as it pleases. Freedom of movement and self-expression is the basis of peace and harmony in the soul.

"Salsa Social" offers:

  • sparing prices and big discounts for couples subscriptions;
  • a system of conducting classes that helps to master Cuban dances in a limited time;
  • the choice of time frames is wide, so you can easily fit us into your even the busiest schedule;
  • once every six months, a number is staged with students, performances are held in open areas and in other crowded places;
  • studios are located at different metro stations in the center of St. Petersburg;
  • halls and locker rooms are equipped for the most convenient and effective training;
  • I would like to emphasize once again that for our teachers all the dances taught are part of their native culture, and therefore the level of education is appropriate.

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