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Everyone has heard of it and this trend is becoming more and more popular! I'm talking about Salsa dancing. It is of course a typical feature of Latin American culture, but at the same time it is also an intense sport! It is one of the few trends that has not gone away again after a while and is practiced all over the world.

Salsa is actually a collective name for various Latin American dances and forms of expression such as Son, Mambo, Cha-cha-cha and many more.... Each country has developed its own way of dancing salsa over time.

This dance is done in pairs, starting with 8 counts, divided into 2x4 counts. Every 4th beat is a rest beat. As you keep repeating this pattern, a rhythm develops in which a step is performed on each beat. The more you practice this, the easier it becomes and eventually you don't have to count anymore because then it goes by itself!

The music on which salsa is danced is also called salsa! Salsa music is a mix of many different styles of music. Nice detail: ´salsa´ means ´sauce´ or ´mixture´ in Spanish; it is a whole, a ´music sauce´ made by mixing all kinds of rhythms.

Salsa once originated in Cuba but today it is danced throughout Latin America and Spain! Young and old practice this sport. If you would like to take a salsa course or workshop, the best place to do it is in Latin America.

The best places for a salsa course are:

  • Argentina, Córdoba and Mendoza
  • Chile, Santiago de Chile
  • Cuba, Havana
  • Guatamala, Antigua

But you can take salsa lessons not only in Latin America! Also in Spain you can learn to dance salsa! In Málaga, for example, you can also find salsa courses and salsa workshops. During a salsa course you will be totally immersed in Latin American culture. You will learn to salsa dance and of course in South America and Spain you will find many salsa bars where you can put everything you have learned into practice! In these bars there is always a fun, relaxed and especially lively atmosphere!

It is of course great fun to take a salsa course in one of these countries! Through such a course you will also learn a lot about Latin American culture. You can also combine a salsa course with a Spanish course, giving you the best of both worlds! You learn to speak Spanish and dance salsa at the same time!

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