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Salsa history and Canada


Salsa is known as a Latin sauce. Although due to the success, heat and intensity of a derived result of the Afro-Cuban music Son such as the Guaracha, the Mambo, the Guaguanco and the Rumba blended with the Swing and Jazz influence, some leaders promoting the Latin music (Cuban and Puerto Rican) in the late 50s and early 60s came to call the derived fusion implemented by some known musicians like Tito Puente, Machito..: Salsa. Therefore, a new style outside the Son main land was already created in the city of New York. As alongside of each music style there is a Dance style, the Salsa Dance was born from the Afro-Cuban Dances and rhythms that were used to complement the above kind of old styles if it is alright to use such an adjective.

Salsa Dance

Salsa is normally a partnering Dance. It is structured and groups many set of dynamic routines that are opened to the ability and creativity level of everyone, by mean, it is not a strictly formal Dance as the classic Rumba, for instance. It procures a lot of fun leaving space to improvisation. Those from ballroom schools find a great ease at dancing it.

Salsa is a popular social dance throughout Latin America as well as in North America, Europe, Australia, some countries in Asia and elsewhere. It crosses all kind of halls and living rooms and enters the heart of everyone. It is part of the curriculum of almost all ballroom schools. It is danced by millions of people on the planet. That dance tends to group around its name other types or styles: the cha cha cha, the rumba, the mambo, the meringue and now the bachata and the zouk. It creates a big Cinergy among the curious, enthusiastic and professional dancers, very often throughout the known as local or/and international annual Salsa congresses/conventions such as Montreal Salsa Convention, Vancouver International salsa Festival and Canada Salsa Congress that unit almost all the latest mentioned styles to provide the hottest Latin atmosphere where the latest created and/or improved Salsa moves are transferred or shared through workshops during days always with the most reputated world famous dancers and Dance instructors such as Eddie Torres.

Salsa in Canada

Salsa is not a pure traditional dance and does not have any relation with the real Canadians belonging, but it is an expression of the heritage of Latin descent such as Salvadorians, Cubans, Dominicans, Colombians, etc. When it comes to evoke the Latin community traditions, Salsa is always on the map. It comes to fit its stand anyway between other Dance styles adopted by Canadians. It has started to become popular in Montreal after the arriving of the wave of Latin immigrants in 1974 and 1978. Many of the young immigrants found in it a connection to their cultural roots. It is a Latin communion. The subsequent generation, the pure Canadians and other immigrants or Canadians with diverse root provenances have been putting their skills, creativity, passion and efforts to make of Salsa something important to the Canadians citizen for instance: San Tropez Dance Company, Step Dance.. It has been in a successful growing in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa to cite these important cities. Today, tenths of thousands of people Canada-wide dance Salsa.

Salsa Evolution in Canada

Salsa has been in a kind of continuing evolution in Canada, essentially in Toronto and in Montreal since the late 80s. In almost every Latin bar now, there is at least one school offering the foundation of a Salsa Dance style and many Dance Schools mainly ballroom have been putting a bit of more emphasis on Salsa too. Very professional Salsa Dance studios are also common. Vancouver is stepping strongly to claim it position in the scene. But today, saying Salsa tells something nice to Canadians. It creates a sort of social network linking the Salsa people in a sense of sharing something marvelous.


Salsa Congresses and Festivals

Official Events 2023

  • Montreal: 14-18 May
    DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal

  • Toronto: 8-12 October
    Fairmont Royal York Hotel
    100 Front Street West, Toronto
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