Cuba wouldn’t be Cuba, without salsa, the sexy Latin music style that originated in Havana in the 19th century. A fusion of Latin American and African Caribbean music genres and dance styles including the French Danzón, African rhumba, Cuban Son and Spanish Flamenco guitar, Cuba became a hot spot for US jazz musicians after American soldiers discovered it during the wartime forties. Today the salsa is an infectious mix of tango, mambo, flamenco and other Latin dance styles and Cuba, Puerta Rico and the US all have their own versions.
In Cuba, a popular dance known as Casino was marketed abroad as Cuban-style salsa or Salsa Cubana to distinguish it from other salsa styles when the name was popularized in the 1970s. Dancing Casino is an expression of popular social culture; Many Cubans consider casino a part of their social and cultural activities centering on their popular music.
Historically, Casino traces its origin as a partner dance from many other dances.