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How To Dance Salsa

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# Beginner Guides

Salsa is a popular and energetic Latin dance that originated in Cuba and has since spread to become a staple in the international dance scene. It is characterized by its fast footwork and energetic movements, as well as its use of quick turns and hip action. Here is a breakdown of the basic steps and timing for dancing salsa.

Breakdown of Basic Steps

Leader

1. Step forward on the left foot, replacing weight back to the right foot on counts 1, 2.

2. Close left foot to right foot on count three.

3. Hold on count four.

4. Step back on the right foot, replacing weight back to left foot on counts 5, 6.

5. Close right foot to left foot on count seven.

6. Hold on count eight.

7. Begin again!

Follower

1. Step backwards on the right foot, replacing weight to left foot on counts 1, 2.

2. Close right foot to left foot on count three.

3. Hold on count four

4. Step forward on the left foot, replacing weight to right foot on counts 5, 6.

5. Close left foot to right foot on count eight.

6. Hold on count eight.

7. Begin again!

 

Timing

  1. Salsa is danced to music with a fast, energetic tempo, typically around 100-125 beats per minute.

  2. Salsa is danced to music at a 4/4 timing, and is counted in eights or in slows and quicks, where a slow represents two beats, and a quick represents one beat.

In addition to the basic steps and timing, salsa also involves the use of quick turns and hip action to add energy and flair to the dance. The man and woman can turn individually or together, using the momentum of their turns to add excitement to the dance. Traditional "Cuban Action" uses the bending and straightening of the knees to create natural, authentic hip action within the dance.

Remember, salsa is a dance that is all about energy and fun. As you practice these basic steps and timing, try to let the music guide your movements and let your body express the high-energy mood of the dance. With practice and patience, you'll be well on your way to becoming a confident and skilled salsa dancer.

Try it from Home

Discover our 4 tips on how to learn to dance from home with Dance Vision.
 

Dance to the Music

We love Salsa so much, we made a whole playlist of Salsa music!
 

 

Check out our curated Spotify playlists created with dancers like you in mind. Take our playlists with you to the studio or use it to practice from home. Who knows, you just might find your new favorite song to jam to and get inspired by!
 
Now that you’re hooked on the Salsa, check out more steps on our website and App! Let’s dance!
 
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