The history of Salsa dance is tied to controversy and speculation. Although there are still a few people who disagree that Salsa’s music and dance originate mainly from Cuban Son, most agree that the Salsa as we know it today is a variation of old dances. The Latin community in New York used to have a very active form of dance and music in the 1950s, but with little success with the mainstream ‘Anglo’. And in the 1970s, when the term “Salsa” was accepted, the linguistic and cultural gap was reduced, removing barriers to the recognition and popularity of music and dance. Latin America.
Innovations in the Mambo dance in the 1950s gradually shaped the so-called salsa today. It is still debated whether the Salsa dance originated in Cuba or Puerto Rico. Cuban influences were limited since the Fidel Castro Revolution led to an embargo on trade between the two countries. New York’s Latino community is predominantly Puerto-Rican. Meanwhile, Salsa is one of the main dances of both countries and is popular all over the world.