Salsa is one of the world's most famous dances. A spicy blend of Cuban and African influences, Salsa is a fantastic style for dancers just starting out, and challenging enough to keep even pros coming back for more. Advanced dancers will delight in the flourish and excitement of improvisation, while beginners will be pulling off thrilling spins and dips at the nightclub in no time. Everyone can get wrapped up in the sensation that Salsa moves create on the dance floor.
This dance is achieved with a walking Cuban hip motion, and a unique "pop". The dance is performed both in open position and in closed position depending on the setting and mood of the partners. Similar to Merengue, dips are not original to the dance and turns are done infrequently.
According to an old saying, if you can walk, you can dance Merengue. That may be true, but walking won't get your hips moving like this. The beat of the music is steady, upbeat, and easy to follow, and its enchanting pulse will have you sashaying your way across the floor all night. Merengue is easy to learn, and its steps are perfect for beginners or intermediate dancers. Don't be surprised if you hear accordion, metal scraper, or tambora drum playing when you learn this sensual shuffle, and don't be surprised when you have a great time learning the steps!
This dance is a particular type of Salsa that is danced with a group of people. Pairs of dancers form a circle, with dance moves called out by one person, a caller (or 'Líder' or 'cantante' in Spanish). Many moves have hand signs to complement the calls; these are useful in noisy venues, where spoken calls might not be easily heard. Many moves involve the swapping of partners. This is a very social dance that requires a prior basic understanding of salsa.