Salsa is one the most popular Latin-American Dances worldwide. It is informal dance having its roots in the Caribbean (especially Cuba), Latin America and North America. There is a strong African influence in the music and the dance. Salsa is usually a partner dance, although there are recognized solo steps and some forms are danced in groups of couples, with the frequent exchanges of partner. Improvisation and social dancing are important elements of Salsa, but it appears as a performance and competition dance too. The name " Salsa" is the Spanish word for sauce, containing a spicy flavor. Therefore it means, that Dance is hot, spicy, sexy and suggests a "mixture" of steps. Salsa is danced on a core rhythm that lasts for two measures of four beats each. The basic step typically uses three steps each measure. Music suitable for Salsa involves complex African percussion rhythms and ranges from slow at about 120 beats per minute to its fastest at around 180 beats per minute. Salsa is a slot or spot dance, it means, that partners do not need to travel over the dance floor, usually occupy a fixed area of the dance floor, rotating around each other and exchanging places.
Salsa has many styles: Cuban , Los Angeles, New York, Colombian, Puerto Rican. Salsa Shine is a Salsa Solo Dance. Salsa Rueda is a Salsa Group Dance.
Every style of Salsa has its own World organization.