Dancing and fun are synonymous. Social dancing, especially cool Latin styles, is a great way to celebrate and have a good time with family and friends. In fact, Salsa dancing, which originated in Cuba in the early 1900s, is a way to celebrate life in Latino cultures. (And, having a bit of rhythm to show off at a party is a great thing, too!)
There are tons of little known facts about Salsa dancing. They are all reasons for you to learn more….
- In 1909, Cuban radio stations played recordings of “casino” style music, named after a famous Cuban social club El Casino Deportivo where the dance began. The music and dance would later be named “Salsa.”
- In fact, a small music studio, Fania Records, started playing music that suited the tastes of Latin New Yorkers in the 1960s. They called the music “Salsa.”
- During the dance, there are solo dance moves. These are known as “shines” because the move looks like a male dancer shining his shoes.
- There are many types of Salsa dances. However, most of the styles performed on TV shows like “Dancing with the Stars” are based on the LA Style.
Those are historical facts. Here are some reasons why you should take up Salsa.
It’s great exercise! Salsa dance is more entertaining than boring gym activities or jogging. Plus, it helps to increase stamina and endurance. And, by the way, salsa dancing burns more calories than other activities including bike riding and swimming (per hour).
Mind, body and soul connection — that’s how dancers describe salsa. Latin dances, as all ballroom dance styles, help to boost self-image and confidence.
You’ll meet new friends and have fun! Do you need a better reason? You can bring a partner or pair up with a new friend (or instructor.) At Arthur Murray, our dance lessons are fun for individuals of all ages. All you need is a great attitude and a youthful spirit!
What are you waiting for? Take a chance and learn to salsa dance! Contact Arthur Murray today to reserve your first lesson — it’s FREE!