Welcome

The salsa dancing scene in Gainesville is very dynamic. As students come and go, the scene is constantly changing. However, it is unlikely that it will die out any time soon. There are several established places that teach salsa, and the Gainesville nightlife caters to salseros, salsa dancers.

Whether it is your first year at the University of Florida or you're a senior graduating soon, it is never too late to learn how to dance salsa. A couple of classes are all you need to at least get the basics down. However, if you want to be a truly impressive dancer, some dedication is needed. Salsa requires rhythm, but it also requires knowing steps.

Salsa dancing is a partner dance, although solo forms do exist. This makes salsa dancing a very social hobby. Participants get to interact with others both while taking classes and while going out to dance for fun. The fact that salsa is so social makes the dance very appealing to many.

Browse this site to figure out how to get involved in the salsa-dancing community in Gainesville, learn why dancing is good for you and learn a few moves. Also, hear from some of UF students who are deeply involved with the Gainesville salsa-dancing community.

Learning to dance salsa is much like learning anything else. It might not be easy at first but don't give up. Even if it takes you a while to pick up on it, the learning process can be a lot of fun. So put on your dancing shoes, get a dancing partner and get ready to salsa.

History

Salsa originated in Cuba in the 1920s. It was a mixture of Latin and Afro-Caribbean dances. The actual name "salsa" first became widely used in the 1960s when immigrants from Cuba and Puerto Rico brought it to New York.

Salsa dancing is a blend of western and Latin influences. The term "salsa" is both a genre and a dance style. This site focuses on the dance aspect of the term.

Future

At first glance, Gainesville might not seen like the kind of place that would have a lively dance scene. However, neither do places like Asia and Europe where salsa has thrived and grown. Its popularity has steadily grown since the invention of the dance not only in Latin American countries but worldwide.

Today, there are several dancing styles that are recognized today by salsa professionals that have been influenced by different cultures and other forms of dance. Just like in the rest of the world, salsa in Gainesville is not going anywhere any time soon.

Salsa dancing at a studio

Marco Molina, Salsa Caliente instructor, and a student at an L.A. salsa style class.

Social dancing

Dancers at a social dancing event at the United Training Center hosted by the Gator Salsa Club.