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Salsa dancing is a Latin dance which originated in the 1960s in New York City. The dancing is a combination of Cuban dances that were popular in the nightclubs of Havana in by the 1950s (casino, mambo and pachanga), as well as American jazz dances falling to the Puerto Ricans living in New York (Nuyoricans) in the 1960s and 1970s. The name "Salsa" to a blend of different influences, rhythms and styles of Latin music in New York City, especially in el Barrio, Spanish Harlem, and the Bronx. Salsa means sauce which represented son, guaguanco, son montuno, Jazz elements, Latin Jazz, Cuban influences.

In "The Fuzzy Boots Corollary", Howard takes the guys to his Salsa dancing lesson to meet women.

In "The Dead Hooker Juxtaposition", Sheldon asks his new upstairs neighbor if she was into Salsa dancing among other noisy pursuits.

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