Beginner Steps

Inside Shoulder Turn: Changing The Inside Turn Lead

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Elements of the Inside Shoulder Turn

The shoulder turn is a variation of the cross-body lead with an Inside turn. The stronger your cross-body lead technique is, the easier the inside turn will be. The stronger your inside turn technique is, the easier this shoulder turn variation will be. The basics are in everything and that is why your basics are everything. If you need to, there is no shame in going back and brushing up on the basic elements – we highly encourage it.
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How To Do The Suave – Beginner Salsa Move

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What is the Suave?

In all honesty, this move is a cross-body lead in disguise. The more you understand your cross-body lead, the better. The only difference with the Suave is that the fellas complete a full left turn. The footwork for the follow is the exact same as any other cross body lead.
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How To Do The Reverse Cross Body Lead (Right Side Pass)

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How is the Reverse Cross Body Different From The Regular Cross Body?

The Reverse Cross Body Lead, also known as the “Right Side Pass,” is executed from the opposite side of your partner compared to the regular cross body lead. Understanding how to do this basic element well will set you up to be able to do 360 degree back spot turns and more, so brush-up on this move first.
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Cascading Ochos: Adding Some Spice To Your Basic Ochos

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In this variation of Ochos the lead lifts his right hand over his head as he turns through the last half of his Cumbia Basic. The footwork and the lead/follow technique remain the same as the Basic Ochos, so if you haven’t already, be sure to learn your Change of Place technique and review those basic Ochos.
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Continuous Shoulder Catches

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Who says you always need to hold hands? In this variation of shoulder catches, the leads let go of the follow completely and use both hands to send her back and forth by her shoulders. Down low, your feet will remain the same by doing the cumbia basic. Overall, this is a great introductory step to help you get comfortable with letting go of your partner.
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