Advanced Beginner Partnerwork Lesson 7 – Callbacks

Advanced Beginner Partnerwork Lesson 7 –Callbacks

The concept behind a Callback is instead of letting the follower complete their traveling turn, leaders redirect her into walking back along the slot returning her back to the starting point. There are many moves that involve direction changes such as the Copa. It’s important that a follower not over commit into a turn so that she can effectively follow re-directions. Practicing Callbacks will help you improve in this area.

TIP: Followers make sure you move along the slot for this move

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How to Do a Walkaround in Salsa On2

Advanced Beginner Partnerwork Lesson 5 – Walkaround

The Walkaround will be the first move we teach you where two partners do not move along a line. Instead, it is exactly as the name suggests; the two partners walk around in a circle.

TIP: Leaders, the footwork for a Walkaround is the same as the footwork for a Basket.

TIP. Remember to end a Walkaround in the same direction as when you started.

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Learn The Basket/Butterfly for Salsa On2

Advanced Beginner Partnerwork Lesson 3 – Basket/Butterfly

The Basket/Butterfly is a move where the leader moves around the girl. The two dancers are briefly trading places with one another. The footwork for the followers is essentially a modified basic step with a cross over On2.

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How to Do The Copa in Salsa On2

Advanced Beginner Partnerwork Lesson 2 – Copa

Strike a pose for the Copa! Think of this move as a quick direction change. The leader brings the follower towards him into a pose on the 1 and then quickly directs the follower away from him for the rest of the bar (A bar is a measure of music and consists of 8 counts.). The Copa is a move that happens suddenly but not with out warning. Remember leaders to always prepare the follower for the Copa with an open break on the 5 – 6 – 7.

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How to Prep and Perform Multiple Spins ON2

Advanced Beginner Partnerwork Lesson 1 – Spinning

The first move that I’d like to introduce for level 2 is multiple spins. Being able to follow/lead double spins is a central part of social dancing. In this tutorial we will show you the proper technique for practicing multiple spins and how to properly prepare for a spin.

TIP: It’s not just the followers who should know how to spin. It’s also impressive to see a leader who is able spin.

TIP: Being able to spin well makes you a lighter follower.

TIP: Try and set up a schedule to practice spins. Just like going to the gym on a regular basis will help you get in shape, having a consistent practice schedule is the key to building up your spinning ability.

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Now for the Final Project – Create Your Own Combos!

Lets get creative! Come up with one or two combos of your own using the 8 basics. Upload a video of yourself and share it with us. We would love to see what you come up with!

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Eight Basics of Salsa Combo 4

SALSA ON2 – Partnerwork Basics – Lesson 15 Beginner Combo 4

Lets learn our next combo using only the 8 basic moves from the beginner level. This will help you better understand the options that exist for leading and following the basics.

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Eight Basics of Salsa Combo 3

SALSA ON2 – Partnerwork Basics – Lesson 14 Beginner Combo 3

Lets learn our next combo using only the 8 basic moves from the beginner level. This will help you better understand the options that exist for leading and following the basics.

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Eight Basics of Salsa Combo 2

SALSA ON2 – Partnerwork Basics – Lesson 13 Beginner Combo 2

We will need a lot of practice in order to master our 8 basics. You’ve learned your first combo already, let’s learn another!

Think of each move in your 8 basics like a Lego piece that can be combined with any other Lego piece. There’s a lot that you can do with just these 8 moves. Mathematically, the number of possible permutations for just 8 items would be 40,320. That’s a lot of different arrangements! For followers, this means it’s important to learn to understand the signals and improve reaction time rather than learning the routines. Following is not the same as memorizing choreography. On the dance floor, these moves could come in any order.

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Salsa Basics Assemble!

SALSA ON2 – Partnerwork Basics Lesson 12 – Beginner Combo PT4

This is the last part of our beginner combo. We will now apply everything that we’ve learned before from lessons 1 through 11 and put it all together. This combination now includes all eight of the basic steps from Beginner level 1:

1. Basic Step
2. Cross body Lead
3. Traveling Left Turn
4. Stationary Single Right Turn
5. Catwalk & Left Turn
6. Open Break
7. Broken Left Turn
8. Traveling Right Turn

There are many different ways we can combine the 8 basic steps above. To master our 8 basics, we’ll need to learn how to combine the moves in different ways which we will demonstrate in the next few lessons.

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