I have been dancing salsa for about 10 years now.
Since I live in California, quite a few people dance here and I tried it one time. At first I didn’t get it immediately.
Then not too long after that, I was studying German in Heidelberg and they had different activities you could do outside of class for the program. One of the people working in the program named Voytek from Poland was teaching salsa. That sounded like fun, so I checked it out.
It turned out he was serious about wanting to teach us and wanted us to perform for all the other students at the end of the four week program. So I learned some foundations that summer and then improved more later on.
This drawing is similar to a photo I saw of dancers in SF.