The history of Salsa has many roots but the style that gave rise to and shaped it more than any other is Son dancing. The history of Salsa dancing stems from this Son style of dancing and also an Afro-Cuban Rumba style. In fact it was way back in the 1940s when Salsa really took off with influences by Son, Danzon, Guaguanco, Mambo dancing and Afro-Cuban folklore dancing. That is a hefty combination of cultural roots in this dance! Modern styles of salsa are usually associated with the cultures and areas in where the dance was developed.
Dancing the Salsa is like connecting all of the cultures of the past into a truly beautiful dance. When a professional dance group does the Salsa it represents all of the influences to the dance up until now. Dancing truly is an art form giving life to the culture that surrounds it. Have you been fortunate enough to see the history of Salsa dancing before your eyes in a beautiful dance?
Son Dancing was a main component to where salsa is today and Son began around the 1880s with the Changuia music form. The Changuia music comes to us from roots with African music and culture and was passed on with decendants of African slaves in the 1880s. Later in the 1920s, Son music and dance became extremely popular and several musicians took on the task of developing Son Montuno further. This influenced popular Latino music and played a large part in forming the history of Salsa dancing.
These exciting changes coined the term Salsa in the 60s as the dance and music circulated more and more. Add in even more cultural influences to the mix such as Puerto Rican Boba, bebop, Cuban Son Montuno and more increasing the variety of the Salsa dance components. More music styles of Salsa included Dominican merengue, Cuban Yoruba ritual music, Afro-American jazz, rhythm and blues. The main source of this being Cuban son montuno. What an exciting history salsa dancing has!