What is salsa?
Salsa means “sauce” in Spanish. Different ingredients mixed together into a complete tasty goodness.
This also happens with the music and the dance style that belongs with it.
It is a collective term for different kinds of dances such as Son, Danzon, Guaguanco, Cha cha, Mambo and so on.

Salsa likely originated on Cuba, where the music of African slaves mixed with the Spanish rhytms.
After this Salsa spread itself and through the seventies the popularities of Latin music increased, and the collective term was accepted in general.
Several styles originated, from which three main streams existed.
The Cuban Salsa, the New York style and the Los Angeles Styling.
Salsa is still in motion and more and more new initiatives and developments arise.

Salsa dancing in Haarlem at the Station of Haarlem
Meanwhile Salsa Haarlem has gained a  special salsa dance occasion since 2004; the previous second- class waiting room on platform 3a of the NS station of Haarlem.
A pleasant and unique meeting place for salsa lovers from and outside the country.
See Agenda page.

Way of life
For a lot of people salsa has become a “way of life”, where holidays and personal life are combined with salsa dance possibilities, as well as in and outside the country.
After all in The Netherlands the number of places to go out where people can dance to salsa is still growing.
This way people are able to dance somewhere else each night in Amsterdam for instance.
Also abroad the possibilities are growing and not just in Latin American countries, but for instance also in Sweden, Canada, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Haarlem Salsa Festival – the first salsa festival of Europe
Next to that Haarlem is the cradle of European Salsa festivals of which the first edition took place in 1998.
Every year in October Salsamotion, Haarlem’s biggest and best known Salsa school, organises the International Haarlem Salsa Dance Festival where national as well as international teachers are invited to have a workshop.
This Salsa Festival weekend is in the sign of music, dance, a lot of fun and meetings of salsa dancers from the whole world.

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