The term 'Salsa' was coined in New York and largely referred to the resurgence of a variety of Latin American music.
The dances performed to this kind of music are often a synthesis of Mamboand Cuban Salsa. As the two share the same basic timing, many of the steps are interchangeable, however, the look and feel of the two dances can be quite different.
The history of Salsa as a dance is less clear though there are suggestions that it evolved from Afro and Caribbean dances and developed primarily in Cuba and Puerto Rico.
Cuban Salsa is the style that first became popular in Australia in the mid to late 90's and is the style taught at DanceFix.
It has a significant focus on footwork, particularly as a means for improvisation and individual expression. There are also plenty of turn patterns to keep it interesting. The complexity and free flowing circular movement makes Cuban Salsa slightly more of a challenge to learn, but a fantastic dance to do and watch.
It is a flowing spot dance suited to small dance floors and generally has a circular feel with partners constantly turning around each other.
It is characterized by very free body movements and rhythms and fancy footwork and can be danced to a variety of Latin American rhythms and music.
More recently, the LA style of Salsa has become popular. While sharing the timing and many of the turn patterns of its Cuban counterpart, it has evolved as a much more linear dance, generally moving forward and back, and with simplified footwork. This style can be much more closely associated with Ballroom Mambo.