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SALSA Figure 08 Cross Body Lead 1

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General Informations

SALSA moves are danced in pairs and the man leads the woman during the dance (if two women dance together, the woman who dances the "male part" leads).

There are several different salsa styles but the differences between the styles aren`t overly significant. The basic steps and the basic rotation are the same in all styles. Differences exist when it comes to the moves of the leading partner. Salsa music and the corresponding salsa dance both result from a combination of Afro-Caribbean and European dance styles.

Helpful prerequisites:

  • Experience with movement and music
  • Basic salsa step is introduced
  • Merengue is a good introduction to dancing with a partner (salsa) since the basic step is not difficult (See "Short Dances"). Students are able to learn to dance different movements within a short time, which makes dancing with a partner interesting.

Tips for implementation:

  • Different forms of organisations add variety and take some pressure off the teacher as the "presenter".
  • When practising dance that requires a partner, students should change partners often so that the same students don`t always dance together. This ensures, for example, that students who are more advanced can help beginners (teamwork and coaching) and it adds some variety.
  • Lay some music during the practice phase (motivation). The sound volume can be varied.

Further steps:

  • The leading person (the man) continuously decides which elements they want to perform. Possibly starting with only 3 patterns to choose from.
  • they can create their own moves
  • Combine Salsa moves and Pasitos

Tips relating to the music: further information can be found under the heading "Tips & methods" > Music 

  • For this example, several different music pieces are suitable. A clear rhythm with between 70 - 105 beats per minute (BPM) is helpful.
  • Good, motivating music is very important. Use songs that are currently popular every now and then. Bring faster and slower music to the lesson. These add variety and motivation to lessons.