Salsa, 1-2-3

Salsa 1-2-3: Pineapple

Salsa 1-2-3: Pineapple

The Salsa is a seductive, sultry dance from our Latin American neighbors. 

The Salsa gets its backbone from a simple 1-2-3 rhythm:

Ah, 1-2-3.  Ah, 1-2-3.  Ah, rock-back-step.  Ah, rock-up-step.

This rhythm is what defines salsa.  The simple rule of "1-2-3" creates a dance that welcomes both ninos and abuelas to move their feet.

But the salsa is also seductive.  It has a hidden secret.  Above the waist, from eye-level, the game looks innocent. A couple faces each other, tightly holding hands, as the gentleman leads the woman in an innocuous, smooth courtship.  Below the waist, though, the hips move with exaggerated energy, proudly matching the strong beat of the music.  In a battle of feminitity, the curvy senoritas show off their powerful assets.  In a battle of masculinity, the men guide their partners into more elaborate turns and dips.  In a battle of dance, the rhythm defines the movement:

Ah, 1-2-3.  Ah, 1-2-3.  Ah, rock-back-step.  Ah, rock-up-step.

The recipe for a good salsa just asks for 3 necessary rhythms:

Jalapeno, Cilantro, and Lime. 

Beyond that, the ingredients can range from tomatoes to avocados, from pineapple to Black Calypso Beans.  Hear the rhythm of the 1-2-3 pulse through your arms.  Then, let your tongue and imagination go wild at the possibilities to play.

For inspiration, check out this: Black Calypso Bean Salsa