Salsa is usually a partner dance, although there are recognized solo steps and some forms are danced in groups of couples, with frequent exchanges of partner. Improvisation and social dancing are important elements of Salsa but it appears as a performance dance too.
Salsa dance takes strength and stamina, making it a viable form of exercise. However, unlike traditional workouts-like running on a treadmill or lifting weights-salsa has a social aspect. Salsa has been proven to increase endurance and stamina, boost weight loss, help the body release toxins, and even help to lower heart rate.
Calorie Burning: Salsa is good exercise because of its fast tempo, with dancers burning 200 to 400 calories in a half-hour session. It's estimated that dance burns between 5 and 10 calories per minute, depending on speed/intensity etc. Imagine what will happen when you start dancing all night. An hour dancing zooms by so fast, that you'll be left wanting more.
Keeps Young and improves Charm - Dancing is fantastic at keeping us young. Not only does it benefit our hearts and cardiovascular system, it also increases lung capacity. It's physically demanding, but also great fun and keeps us smiling and happy. It retards the ageing process by keeping us mentally, emotionally and physically healthy.
Strong healthy bones and well lubricated joints - Dancing strengthens not just our muscles, but our bones too. It can also aid in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis (loss of bone mass). It also keeps our joints lubricated aiding in the prevention of arthritis.
Flexibility, agility and co-ordination - Most people become less flexible, less agile and less co-ordinated as they grow older. Not only can dance drastically slow this process down, it can actually reverse it. You will find over time, that repeatedly performing certain dance movements has the effect of making you much more flexible and agile and makes you become a lot more co-ordinated and all the time you'll be having tons of fun and making new friends.
More confidence and self-esteem - When you regularly attend a dance class, you meet a lot of people and have to get quite close, quite fast! Although this can feel a little intimidating at first, you'll soon become comfortable with it and find your confidence levels rising and your self-esteem growing. You'll also find that you're making a whole new circle of friends which will also help. The more classes and partys you attend, the faster the whole process will happen!