Salsa in Buenos Aires
Once upon a time, on a Sunday evening, I was strolling along the reserva in Puerto Madero. Just another regular night in Buenos Aires, right? Suddenly, there was music coming from a distance, and as I kept walking, it seemed to be closer and closer. And then I saw it. There were people were dancing right there on the street, as the cheerful salsa music played on.
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There is a good chance you have heard about the huge tango culture of Argentina. It’s virtually everywhere, from the streets of La Boca to the milongas of downtown. But while tango is very Argentinian, the dance of salsa is shared by all Latin American nations. Originated in New York in the 1970s with the heavy influence of its Colombian, Cuban, and Puerto Rican population, salsa spread epidemically across all of the Latin American countries, from the beaches of Brazil to the streets of Buenos Aires. The dance involves two people, one playing the role of the leader, and the other of the follower. As the pair hold hands, the leader signals with arm movements for his counterpart to follow suit. Salsa is very fast-paced and high intensity, and it is not uncommon for the dancers to be out of breath by the end of it.
In Buenos Aires, salsa is enjoyed every Sunday in Puerto Madero, right there, in sight of the high-rises of the super rich, under the night sky. The music booms from the nearby speakers, and the people invite each other to dance. And the best part is, there is no need to worry if you are a beginner. Some people, just like you, are seeing the event unfolding before their eyes for the first time, making it a perfect environment for novices to discover this integral part of Argentinian culture. Come up to anyone and ask them to dance with you just before the next song begins! Come out, grab a beer and a bondiola from the nearby food trucks to compliment your night, and have fun the way Argentinians do!
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