Salsa is a popular form of social dance that originated in New York with strong influences from Latin America, particularly Cuba and Puerto Rico. The movements of salsa have its origins in Cuban Son, Cha-cha-cha, Mambo and other dance forms, and the dance, along with the salsa music
Why is Salsa so popular?
1. Calorie blasting - Dance is a GREAT form of exercise and not at all boring like running on a treadmill! It's estimated that dance burns between 5 and 10 calories per minute, depending on speed/intensity etc. Thats a whopping 300 - 600 calories per hour. Imagine what will happen when you start dancing all night. If you've put on a few extra pounds over christmas, dancing is a fantastic way to shed them again. An hour dancing zooms by so fast, that you'll be left wanting more. 2. Forever young - Dancing is fantastic at keeping us young. Not only does it benefit our hearts and cardiovascular system, it also increases lung capacity. It's physically demanding, but also great fun and keeps us smiling and happy. It retards the ageing process by keeping us mentally, emotionally and physically healthy. 3. Strong healthy bones and well lubricated joints - Dancing strengthens not just our muscles, but our bones too. It can also aid in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis (loss of bone mass). It also keeps our joints lubricated aiding in the prevention of arthritis. 4. Flexibility, agility and co-ordination - Most people become less flexible, less agile and less co-ordinated as they grow older. Not only can dance drastically slow this process down, it can actually reverse it. You will find over time, that repeatedly performing certain dance movements has the effect of making you much more flexible and agile and makes you become a lot more co-ordinated and all the time you'll be having tons of fun and making new friends. 5. More confidence and self-esteem - When you regularly attend a dance class, you meet a lot of people and have to get quite close, quite fast! Although this can feel a little intimidating at first, you'll soon become comfortable with it and find your confidence levels rising and your self-esteem growing. You'll also find that you're making a whole new circle of friends which will also help. The more classes and partys you attend, the faster the whole process will happen!
Here are some video clips of what Salsa (and last clip of Cha cha) looks like...