The most popular style of Salsa is what is known as Puerto Rican or New York Style Salsa which both are descendants from Cuban Style Salsa. During the 1940s and 50s, Cuban musicians had a huge influence on the New York music scene. But once Fidel Castro came to power and diplomatic relations fell apart between Cuba and the US, Cuban musicians could no longer travel to the United States and Cuban recording artists received no air play time. So the Puerto Rican musicians took on The Big Apple single handed. The high concentration of Puerto Ricans in New York, means that the New York salsa dance style is strongly Puerto Rican influenced. But, there is also a strong Latin Hustle influence in New York salsa dancing. This seems to be a byproduct of the disco era and when salsa started to move into the Manhattan based clubs in the late 80's, many ex-Hustle dancers brought their disco moves into their salsa. Other styles of Salsa include, Columbian Salsa, Cuban Salsa, Salsa on 2, and Salsa Rueda.
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