To the uninitiated, Salsa is most easily identified as the Latin dance that is most commonly seen danced at Latin clubs and venues in Melbourne and around the world.  Unlike its Latin American Dancesport counterpart, though it can be performed, Salsa is a Latin dance that is danced socially and is not just confined to the competition or performance dance floor.

Salsa is not easily defined, nor is its origin easy to ascertain. The question of how and where Salsa originated is one that can lead many a passionate salsa aficionado into a rather heated discussion.  It is safe to say however that the dance that we know as Salsa, as with its music, originated in Central and South America, with Cuba, Colombia and Puerto Rico generally known of as some of the first countries to introduce it.  From Latin America, of course Salsa spread to North America and the rest of the world. As it spread from nation to nation, it took on its own “flavour” as it went – hence the befitting title “Salsa” meaning sauce, in this context meaning that it is a combination and mixture of many ingredients, which explains why there are so many variations of the dance.  To this day Salsa continues to evolve.  From the more traditional styles many years ago such as Cuban and Colombian, to more recently in the 1990’s when L.A. Style Salsa was born.  Los Angeles Style Salsa (LA Style) with its more showy and flamboyant style, spread like wild fire around the world, becoming for many years the main style of Salsa featured in both performances and workshops in Salsa Congresses around the World. LA Style involves lots of Cross Body Leads for the girls, hence it’s linear rather than circular style and also involves a lot more spinning rather than turning.  It also brought lifts and trick to salsa, adding to its visual appeal.

LA Salsa is the main style taught at Melbourne Latin Dance and is the main style seen at Salsa Clubs in Melbourne and around the world.


Demonstration of Salsa