Salsa, meaning sauce in Spanish, is a varied and diverse as its namesake. It is considered a true dance of the people: changing and adapting across different cultures and landscapes.
Salsa is from Cuba. It originated from the Cuban Son and Afro-Cuban music. In the 1950’s, salsa gained tremendous popularity largely due to New York City’s influx of Puerto Ricans and their distinctive influence. The foundation of Salsa music is the clave, and all instruments in a Salsa orchestra feed off of that rhythm.
People continually argue about the difference between Mambo and Salsa. Some say they are the same thing. Some say Salsa is something you eat! Some think Salsa is a generic label for all different types of Latin music. As to whether to move the body or feet on the first or second beat, that is a whole subject all on its own.