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The Sensuality of Salsa

What is salsa dance?

Salsa has its roots in multiple countries and cultures: Cuban, Latin, African, Caribbean—and you! Despite the fact that there are basic steps to follow, salsa dance is a creative and unique form of self-expression. The way you turn, move your hips and body, and interpret the rhythm of the music is entirely up to you and your personality. There are eight beats to every measure of salsa music. A basic salsa step will have you moving on beats 1, 2, and 3, pause on 4, and moving again on 5, 6, and 7. Pause on 8. Yes, salsa can get complicated—but it doesn’t have to be.

Health benefits of salsa

  • total body workout: abdominals, arms, legs, glutes
  • muscle toning
  • improved balance
  • cardio workout
  • brain challenge
  • stress release

Salsa can engage the whole body—but individual style varies from person to person. Some people may incorporate shoulder shimmying, hip movements, or African abdominal contractions—but those aren’t necessary. Salsa music is generally fast and upbeat, which makes the dance surprisingly aerobic. In one hour of salsa dancing, a 150 lb (68 kg) woman will burn just under 400 calories. Salsa not only burns calories, but also relieves stress and stimulates brain cells in ways traditional exercise can’t. Dancing requires the coordination of brain and body, which strengthens neural pathways and improves cognitive health.

Types of salsa

  • total body workout: abdominals, arms, legs, glutes
  • muscle toning
  • improved balance
  • cardio workout
  • brain challenge
  • stress release

There are many different styles of salsa: New York Mambo (On 2 Salsa), LA Style, Columbian, Cuban, Miami, Casino Rueda, Puerto Rican Style, and more. Regardless of the style, salsa is traditionally danced in beats of eight. Though the patterns are dictated by the leader, you can stylize and inject your musical interpretation within that framework. You can add arm and hip movements to create your own style and accent the music, always remembering that salsa is a lightly flirtatious, playfully seductive dance.

Added on March 17th, 2015 Source: alive

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