Salsa: the Dance and the Sauce!
The word Salsa can be defined into two main things, Latin America dance and a hot tomato based sauce. First, let’s talk about the dance. The word “salsa” does mean “sauce” in Spanish, it is believed Salsa was being associated to the dance because like a good bowl of salsa, it contains a lot of heat and great elements. The dance movement first started in Cuba in the 1800’s, with many forms such as Cha Cha Cha and Mambo, it travels through the Caribbean Islands which then take it further to the Latino communities in New York in the 1970s. The dance forms vary from two people standing in front of each other while focusing on the hip movement or two people circling intimately close to each other and one person leading their dance partner by confidently moving their hand on the other person’s hip or the small of their back. Like many things in life, Salsa can be learnt and mastered but if you know that you are a person with two left feet it may be a bit of a challenge.