Salsa, a universal and sensual dance

It’s all at once a timeless and a modern dance with no borders: whether you’re old or young, from here and there, you will vibrate on warm rhythms until the end of the night!!! No need to be a millionaire, you just have to know the dancing spots (that’s what Wedancesalsa is there for!). No need to invest in particular equipment either, but make sure you treat your toes gently as they will be severely put to the test, so slip them into flexible and light shoes.
So, to unwind after work, think salsa: it will soon become vital in your overbooked timetable! Let yourself be guided by your partner and your imagination, and shine on the dance floor!
For the rest, it’s up to you to discover: meet new friends, share and have fun!

Why does salsa unchain passions?

Salsa is listened and danced worldwide. It is THE antidote to lift your spirits with sounds that take you elsewhere.
In the evening, it’s the best way to meet people who share the same passion, and who knows… perhaps yours soon?!
In order to get familiar with the universe of the salseros, let’s look behind the scene: its history, its steps, its transcendent sounds…

A little story of salsa

What does “salsa” mean in Spanish? If its figurative sense is quite immediately enticing, (it could be translated by “charm” or “spicy”), its first meaning literally says “sauce”! It’s actually the result of a musical mixing that we offer you to discover…

And what if the origins of salsa went back to the 18th century and… in France? It’s often a forgotten fact, but salsa is a musical genre as wide as rock'n'roll or jazz, which makes it complicated to define. Let’s dive into the 60’s, after the Castrist revolution in Cuba.

At that time, many Cuban musicians exile to the United States, in particular in New York where a new musical genre emerges officially, around emigrants like Willie Colon, and especially thanks to a record company called Fania. The latter will make salsa a commercial product through many huge concerts in which tens of Latin-American stars gather. Each group or musician has their own style, but the distinction is impossible to make for an uninitiated ear.
The term salsa will thus include all these new rhythms. In fact, salsa was not born in Cuba or Puerto Rico, but it comes from there for a good part of it.

Some other Cuban types of music which influenced salsa:

  • The son, born in the 20’s and immortalized by the Buena Vista Social Club,
  • The mambo, launched in the 40’s,
  • The chacha, in the 50’s.
  • The danzon, a music created in the late 19th century in which freestyle played a great part.

Incredible but true!
This danzon comes from the contradanza, a very fashionable style of music in the 18th century among the ballroom dances in France. It was exported in Cuba via the colonists, where it also became very popular in the social balls. Even if that sounds hard to believe, there is a little French touch in such an exotic dance!

Did you know it?

It is said that in the 50’s, a radio presenter has used the term “salsa” for the first time to define all the latino rhythms that nobody knew how to categorize.
For sure, salsa is a musical rhythm which was created to dance. And as the dancers get quickly bored, it’s essential that the styles can evolve.

Famous salseros

Mykel Fonts, Henry Herrera, José Alfredo Carrion, Homero Gonzalez, Iris De Brito, among many others, contributed to the development and the teaching of the Cuban salsa throughout the world.

Small lexicon of the salsa music:

  • Spellbinding voices, leaving room to improv
  • Tumbao: it’s the rhythmic bass
  • The Claves (to pronounce clavé): two pieces of cylindrical wood, hit one against the other and marking the bass
  • More classical instruments: piano, coppers, trumpets
  • More typical instruments: congas, bongos or timbales (to pronounce timbaless), a kind of battery without the kick drum.