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Why Learn Salsa?
It's great exercise.
Basic Step in Salsa
There are a few variations of the basic step in salsa:
* Forward and Back Salsa
Here's a break down of the leader's steps in the forward and back basic. The follower does the natural opposite.
* Forward with left foot.
A beat, on the other hand is a strong musical accent that you would tend to snap your fingers with, clap to, or tap your foot to. A musical pulse, though, is generally too fast for that. You'd soon get tired trying to tap your foot to a musical pulse. For accuracy and teaching purposes, salsa instructors have fallen into the habit of accounting musical pulses in groups of 8. They don't count like that for very long, though, because it's too tiring to count each pulse!
Here's what happens from a leader's perspective on each count.:
1. Step forward with left foot (changing weight to left
Cuban Hip Motion. Cuban hip motion is a sexy hip motion caused by properly shifting weight and bending and straightening of legs while dancing. it takes a while to learn, but once you get it, you look great on the dance floor.
Here's a tip to get you started: When you first bring your left foot together with your right foot (count 3), your right hip will initially be out to the right. As you press your left foot into the floor and straighten your left leg (count 4), your left hip will move smoothly out to the left.
Learn More. There is a very good lesson on Cuban Hip motion at a Latin dance school online. You can try out the school and see if like it. If you don't like it you can get a refund. Click the following click to learn more about this salsa online dance school.
Technical Note:: the video referenced at the bottom of this article shows the basic steps in salsa using a count of quick quick slow. The first quick quick slow is equivalent to 1-2-3 (4), if you break on count 1 (as is often done in California salsa). I put the "4" in parentheses, here, to show that there is no step on count 4. From the leader's perspective, breaking on 1 means to step forward on count 1. Some salseros -- especially those in New York --prefer to "break on 2." They count: (1) 2,3,4 (5) 6, 7 8. Breaking on 2 gives salsa a very exciting, syncopated feel.
To learn more about syncopation, see my article at:
Salsa: Salsa Basic Step
Below is salsa video that will introduce you to the ballroom quick, quick, slow terminology. (Salsa is quite popular in ballrooms as well as in nightclubs.) I like this video because it is very clear and easy to follow. A weakness of the video is that it doesn't show the count to salsa music. Those that are used to the nightclub salsa pulse count of 1-2-3 - 5-6-7 - don't like this video, perhaps because it's not how they learned.