top of page

Queen of Salsa

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, which occurs in October, I bring

to your attention a special Latin singer who brought relevance to salsa dancing.

In musical/dance history, certain styles and reflections in music can affect dance. There was a recording artist of Cuban-American descent named Celia Cruz (1925 -2003) who became one of the most popular artists of the 20th century. Her unique style of singing greatly influenced salsa and other dances we love to dance like mambo, samba and cha-cha.

When Celia Cruz would sing, she made people want to get up and dance.

Cruz was a highly stylized singer with Latin flair that quickly gained her fame in the 1950’s. Her title as “Queen of Salsa” came due to her continuous devotion to Latin music in the United States.

She relocated to the United States from Cuba after Fidel Castro came into power. Cruz leaves her mark on musical history with her 37 studio albums. She won two Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards. She was no stranger to film either. She made appearances as an actress in movies and telenovelas.

Celia Cruz’s career lasted more than 60 years. She will be forever celebrated for helping popularize salsa music in the United States as well as helping Afro-Latino Americans embrace their own heritage.


**We have received contributions from individuals who would like to have a dear relative or friend who passed on remembered that loved to dance or was a dance aficionado. We call these memorial contributions. Perhaps you would like to have someone memorialized in this manner. Make a donation and give us their name. We will soon put on our website a yellow brick road to add their name to a brick as a memorial to that person. This contribution will assist future generations of dancers and help keep young people more positive and healthy.

Thought Of The Week:

Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the comfort of thought - John F. Kennedy

171 views0 comments




Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website

bottom of page