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.
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.
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.
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: