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I first got into the Salsa groove about 26 years ago and went on to teach with Andre & Chariffi at
Manchester's Copacabana Nightclub. Since then I have run my own classes in the Bolton, Runcorn, St
Helen's, Warrington and Wigan areas. I am also a Qualified Zumba Fitness Instructor, Qualified
Booiaka Fitness Instructor and Qualified Exercise to Music Instructor.
Telephone Sue on 07715 853975
Salsa Roots
From the 17th to the 20th Century, the Americans and the Caribbean Islands were colonised with an immense
blending of race, language, religion and music. The Latin music we hear today mostly originates from the rhythms of
the African slaves brought to the new world.

In the 1920's the most popular music and dance for Cubans was Son, which influenced by African and Spanish
rhythms, became Cuba's national music.

Various musicians developed the Son ( montuno or mambo ) which brought about Mambo in the 1940's that
influenced popular Latin music in the years to follow. American big band Jazz stimulated the emergence of the big
Latin bands, expanding the mambo section of the Son, creating its own style.

Salsa emerged in the 1960's in New York arising from a large influx of Caribbean immigrants, mainly Puerto Ricans
and Cubans creating a blend of rhythms to produce its own distinctive sound.

Longing for its Caribbean roots, they continued to make Afro - Caribbean music but somehow adapted it to the
metropolitan life style. They mixed sounds from Son Montuno, Mambo, Cha Cha Cha, Guaguanco Guaracha,
Aquilnaldos, Bomba, Plena and North American Jazz.

At first confined to the audience of Latin American communities, Salsa grew in stature gaining mainstream acceptance
after release of the Jerry Masuccis film Salsa ( 1973 )  that featured a Fania All Star concert in New York.

The authentic Salsa is a very spontaneous and intricate music and the dancing is spicy, sexy and lively. It can be quite
slow or very fast and the rhythm can change within the same song.

During the 70's, thanks to many outstanding performers from Cuba, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Panama, Salsa music
spread to the entire world becoming extremely popular amongst people of all walks of life. Nowadays, there are clubs
and musicians playing Salsa music all over the world.