Around the time of World War II, Salsa music traveled from many Latin and Afro-Caribbean countries to Mexico City and then to New York. The term “Salsa” was created in New York, but the dance was not. New York made the nickname popular to refer to the variety of different music that came from these several countries of Hispanic influence. However the term didn’t really take off until the 1960′s.
Salsa became popular in 1974 when Fania Records released Larry Harlow’s Salsa. Larry became very popular and his album had tremendous sales. This unleashed and popularized Salsa. Salsa varies from one song to the next and from place to place. The complexity of the music and the diversity is what keeps listeners enticed and dancers on their toes. There are many varieties of Salsa including New York Style, Los Angeles Style, Casino Rueda, and many more that are danced in night clubs. Salsa looks very similar to the Mambo footwork done with a partner and patterns fused with the wraps from the Hustle.
Salsa is considered one of the hottest club dances done all over the world today.