Putting the Basics Together – Beginner Combo Continued

SALSA ON2 – Partnerwork Basics Lesson 7 – Beginner Combo PT2

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.

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Catwalk & Guys Left – Basic Salsa On 2 Steps

SALSA ON2 – Partnerwork Basics Lesson 6 – Catwalk & Left Turn

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 be same as their Cross Body Lead. By clearing the slot, you give the girl a signal to continue walking forward. The next part of it is to bring your arm over her head on the count of 5 which signals to the girl you want her to perform a 180 turn.

The left turn footwork for the leader is similar to the their right turn footwork except your turning left instead of right this time

TIP: Stay on the balls of your feet when turning and keep your heels off the floor.

In the next video we will demonstrate how to incorporate these moves into the beginner combo.

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Putting the Basics Together – Beginner Combo 1

SALSA ON2 – Partnerwork Basics Lesson 5 – Beginner Combo PT1 

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 – Right Turn

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Basic Right Turns for Beginners – Salsa On2

SALSA ON2 – Partnerwork Basics Lesson 4 – Single Right Turn

Note: 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.

TIP: It will be difficult to do this move with shoes that grip the floor. Try to find a pair of shoes that have a flat sole that you can easily turn in. You can also practice this at home with a pair socks.

TIP: Keeps your steps in a straight line even when doing the turn

TIP: Stay on the balls of your feet when turning and keep your heels off the floor.

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How to Do the Inside Turn in Salsa On2

SALSA ON2 – Partnerwork Basics Lesson 3 – Traveling Left

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. This turn is absolutely essential to the dance of salsa.

Leaders should be very familiar with their cross body lead steps before moving onto the traveling left/inside turn. The footwork for the inside turn is the same as the cross body lead but now requires the gentleman to lift their hands and draw a counterclockwise circle in order to turn their partners

Followers should be very familiar with their cross body lead footwork before moving onto the inside turn. The first three steps are the exact same steps as the cross body lead.

How to do a inside turn broken down

TIP: Followers, make sure to spin on the balls of your feet when performing the inside turn.

TIP: Followers, notice that the inside turn always finishes on the 7 with the left foot stepping in front of the right foot.

TIP: Leaders, notice that the followers start to spin to their left on 3 which means you need to lift up your arm on the 3 in order to allow her to turn.

PRACTICE: Followers do not need a partner to learn this step. This move will require a good deal of practice. It does take some time to gain your balance when spinning.

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How to do the Cross Body Lead in Salsa

SALSA ON2 – Partnerwork Basics Lesson 2 – Cross Body Lead

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.

PRACTICE: You do not need a partner to practice the cross body lead footwork. Make sure you master these steps and combine it with your basic step. Try repeating the following sequence over and over again:

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How to Do the Basic Steps for Salsa : NY Style On2

NEW YORK SALSA ON2 – Partnerwork Basics Lesson 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 a couple of small steps forward. This is essentially what the basic step is. You take three steps back and three steps forward.

You can think of the pattern for the women’s basic like this: Forward, forward, in place – Back, back, in place.

You will always start by stepping forward with the right foot and just like walking, you never step with the same foot twice. Essentially it goes right, left, right, – left, right, left

You can think of the pattern for the men’s basic like this: Back, back, in place – Forward, forward, in place.

You will always start by stepping back with the left foot and just like walking, you never step with the same foot twice. Essentially it goes Left, right, left, – right, left, right

TIP: Stay on the balls of your feet and keep your heels off the floor.

You’ll notice in the video that we do not count the 4 and the 8. Basically we treat the 4 and the 8 as a silent pause. We do not skip them. We just don’t do anything during the 4 and the 8. The reason for this is to give the basic step a slight syncopation. The salsa basic isn’t just a step, step, step. Rather it’s a slow, quick, quick, slow, quick, quick

PRACTICE: Take at few minutes to just repeat this move. Learning a new step is like programming your body and repetition is the key to internalizing the movements. Once you’ve done it enough times your body will just start to do it automatically. Do you have to think about your steps when you walk? Nope, your body just does it.

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