There are so many stories. I like this one: Mambo came from Cuba. Salsa on the other hand evolved out of Mambo and Cha Cha. Los Borenquens enjoyed Mambo, but it was too slow and unexciting. Cha Cha came along from Puerto Rico and was the rage, but it to fell to routine. In an effort to dance effortlessly and have fun without the restrictions of Mambo and Cha Cha, the Puerto Ricans developed Salsa which is a combination of Mambo and Cha Cha. 

Salsa is similar to Mambo in that both have a patter of 6 steps danced over 8 counts of music. The dances share many of the same moves. In Salsa, turns have become an important fearture, so the overall look and feel are quite different from those of Mambo. Mambo moves generally foward and back, whereass Salsa has more of a side-to-side feel. At 1st Danz we teach a forward break on the 2 count sometime called the clave rhythm.


  • Salsa Basic (Step-Step & Hold / Step-Step & Hold)

  • BulletBasic in Closed Position

  • BulletTurning Basic in Closed Position

  • BulletCucarachas

  • BulletFollowers Right Side Turn from Closed Position

  • BulletTriple Turn (She/He/She Turns)

  • BulletPromenade Break

  • BulletCross Body Lead in Closed Position

  • BulletCross Body Lead to Single Hand Open Position

  • BulletCross Over Breaks

  • BulletLeader & Followers Free Pivot Turn Exit from Cross Over Breaks

Argentine Tango
Cha Cha
East Coast Swing
Nightclub 2-Step
West Coast Swing
Ballet for Ballroom
Jazz for Ballroom
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