Beginner Lesson: Cross Body Lead (On1)

Note: This is a sample lesson to give you a taste of Patrick and Scarlet’s teaching methodology. You can sign-up for the full salsa program here.

Although it’s a move within itself, soon you’ll be using the Cross Body Lead (CBL) to bridge all sorts of different moves together.

The CBL is more typical of the “night club style” of salsa, commonly known as LA Style (On1) or New York style (On2), as opposed to the Cuban (casino and rueda) and Colombian (salsa caleña) styles of salsa.

In short, the cross body lead is everything, so make sure you work on perfecting it over time!


First, take a look at what the Cross Body Lead looks like and store a mental picture of what you’re trying to accomplish, then progress through the footwork and partner work lessons to get all the details.

Lead’s Footwork

Alright leads, you’re up! Let’s get a feel for what your feet are doing first before we throw a partner at you. Once you know what to do with your feet, it will be much easier to focus on framing and leading your partner.

Follow’s Footwork

Now, let’s break down the footwork for the follows. We always take care of feet first, so when it comes to doing partner work you can better focus on your frame and connection.

The Lead and Follow Together

It’s time to put it all together! You’re going to be using this move A LOT. Having a smooth CBL is an absolute game-changer, so keep coming back to this lesson as you progress and take your time refining your lead and follow. You’ll feel huge results, that, we promise you.


There’s always a few places where most people tend to get stuck or struggle. That’s why we provide tips in each lesson to help you get unstuck, navigate the tricky parts, and have more success!