Salsa Salsa is a popular form of social dance that originated in New York City in the mid 1970's. Salsa has strong influences from Latin America, particularly Puerto Rico and Cuba. Salsa dance is a combination of different dance styles, just like the sauce, "salsa", which is a delicious mixture of various ingredients. Salsa is normally a lead & follow (freestyle) partner dance, although there are other recognized forms. Today Salsa is a very modern dance that is influenced by other up to date styles of dancing. It is considered the king of Latin dances and is being danced throughout the world.