When the People Dance: Salsa, Power, and Performance in New York City
A fusion of mambo steps with street styles, salsa dancing emerged in the nightclubs of New York City in the 1960s where at first it wasn’t formally taught but absorbed. Salsa has since grown from a local movement played out in the city’s streets and clubs into a global phenomenon that has irrevocably shaped the rhythms and culture of New York City. Join leading scholars to examine salsa today as both a cultural and commercial production, and delve into the inseparable links that exist between music and dance. Musical performance by OLA FRESCA, exhibition viewing, and reception to follow.