Dancers on Randall's Island in 1974.

View Full Caption Dancers on Randall’s Island in 1974.

Courtesy of José Yogui Rosario and Pablo E. Yglesias

EAST HARLEM— Like many other cultural phenomena, the origins of salsa can be traced back to the city’s streets.

The vibrant, high-energy dance was shaped by the city’s Latino communities as they acclimated to life in the city in the 1960s, according to the Museum of the City of New York.

With the city as the lab, the Cuban rumba, the Puerto Rican bomba, the Latin boogaloo and the Dominican palo, among others, were fused together to create a dance movement they


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