Level 1 Partnerwork Basics

INTRODUCTION

The essence of social dancing is a conversation between two people. Approach learning it the same way as you would learning to speak a new language. The steps that the dance is comprised of are it’s vocabulary...

STEP 1 – BASIC STEP

The Basic Step is going to be the first move you learn. You do not need a partner for this step. Imagine your in a tiny nightclub packed with a lot of people. You only have enough room to take a couple small steps back and...

STEP 2 – CROSS BODY

The next fundamental step is the Cross Body lead. Think of this as a continuation of your basic step. Leaders are essentially moving out of the way in order to allow the follower to cross to the other side...

STEP 3 – TRAVELING LEFT TURN

In this lesson we break down how to perform the Traveling Left Turn; more commonly known as a inside turn. We call this a inside turn because the followers are turning in towards their partners...

STEP 4 – BASIC RIGHT TURN

You do not need a partner to learn this step. Salsa is a dance that involves a lot of turns. Practice this move on your own until you no longer need to think about the steps....

COMBO 1 PART I

In this lesson we show you how to put together the steps you’ve already learned from Lessons 1 through 4 into a simple turn combination. This combination includes the following steps: Basic Step – Cross Body Lead...

STEP 5 – CATWALK & GUYS LEFT

Ladies will walk forward for 3 counts and do a 180 turn on the 5th count. We call this move a catwalk because girls are suppose to strut their stuff like the are a runaway model. Guys footwork for the Catwalk will...

BEGINNER COMBO CONT'D

Now apply everything that you’ve learned before from lessons 1 through 6 and put it all together! This combination now includes the following steps: Basic Step – Cross Body Lead – Right Turn – Catwalk – Left Turn...

STEP 6 - OPEN BREAK

Now we will begin to add open breaks into our repertoire. This step indicates to the follower that you are about to initiate a turn. A simple analogy comes from driving. It is proper etiquette to first flip on your turn signals...

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