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About Salsa
Salsa is one of the most dynamic and important musical phenomena of the 1900's. In many Hispanic communities, it remains today the most popular style of dance music. Salsa represents a mix of Latin musical genres, but its primary component is Cuban dance music. The roots of salsa originated in Eastern Cuba (Santiago de Cuba, Guantanamo) from the Cuban Son (about 1920) and Afro-Cuban dance (like Afro-Cuban rumba). There, Spanish and Afro-Cuban musical elements were combined, both in terms of rhythm and the instruments used. By mid-century, this music came to Havana where foreign influences were absorbed, particularly American jazz and popular music heard on the radio.

By the end of the l950s, many Cuban and Puerto Rican people including musicians had settled in the U.S., especially in New York. This created the environment where salsa music completed its development. "El Barrio" (Spanish Harlem) was the main place where this occurred. Many bands were formed; immigrants continued to make Afro-Caribbean music, but they adapted the sound to their new world. They were influenced especially by American jazz. Gradually in the 50s and 60s, salsa as we know it today was emerging. The most famous musicians of that time were Tito Puente, called the King of Mambo, and Celia Cruz, known as the Queen of Salsa.

Salsa is a must learn dance. It is currently very popular at social dance events, latin parties, and weddings. Come learn this exhilarating and fun dance at Aria Ballroom. No partners are necessary, we have plenty of ladies and guys that love to rotate partners. Come check us out.
Group Classes
$80 for a package of 10 classes
$12 Drop-in
$145 Unlimited Classes and Parties Package (1 Month)

Packages and lessons are valid for any of our 20+ classes during the week. For other group classes check out our calendar or group class page.