How To Improve Your Salsa Basic Step On1 & On2

How To Improve Your Salsa Basic Step On1 & On2

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Perpetual Motion In Your Basic Step

Your forward and back salsa basic should always be in continuous motion. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the easiest way to learn it, so it’s common for instructors to teach newcomers the Salsa basic using a ‘quick quick stop’ rhythm. The ‘quick quick stop’ rhythm happens when you take the first two steps of your basic and finish your 1, 2, 3 count with your feet together. This ‘quick quick stop’ method isn’t wrong, but it will limit your ability to execute more advanced steps due to the lack of fluidity in your movement.
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The Famous Bachata Dip (Full Lesson)

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to dip in bachata this is your lesson.

The famous dip is the simplest of all bachata dips and you can use it in any dance.

We’re going to break down the technique step by step and tell you exactly what to do and what to avoid.

The lesson is broken into parts so you can skip around easily:

  • Demo
  • Lead’s technique
  • Follow’s technique
  • Dip from the bachata basic (lead’s part)
  • Dip from a free spin (lead’s part)
  • Dip from a bachata basic (follow’s part)
  • Dip from a free spin (follow’s part)
  • Practice to counts
  • Practice to music

By the end you’ll know:

  • How to support your partner in the dip- for the lead’s
  • How to support yourself in the dip- for the follow’s
  • Dip technique
  • Three ways to enter the famous dip

This is the most used dip on the dance floor for any dance in the world. Master it here for bachata and take this technique with you forever to improve your social dancing to any music!


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FULL Intermediate Salsa Lesson: “Around the World” (Salsa On1)

The full salsa on2 lesson is here.

Here’s a full intermediate online salsa class directly from our online Salsa Course with Patrick and Scarlet.

Keep in mind, before we teach patterns we ALWAYS teach you the individual moves that make them, so you understand each part of the whole. That’s the key to truly understanding salsa.

We broke the lesson into various parts. Just scrub the timeline to select where you want to start:

  • Demo
  • Section 1 (Lead’s Part)
  • Section 2 (Lead’s Part)
  • Section 1 & 2 (Follow’s Part)
  • Tips and Common Mistakes

In this salsa pattern we’re going to talk about and combine the following concepts:

  • Line of dance and rails
  • Right turns
  • Change of place

With just a few simple moves you’re able to create this fun salsa combo you can use for social dancing, perfect for intermediate salsa dancers.



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Biggest Challenges Learning to Dance Bachata (Survey Analysis)

We’re always doing research to continuously improve our online Bachata Course and Salsa Course and this post summarizes the results of our survey: Biggest Challenges in Learning Bachata.

The goal was to identify where most students struggle and then develop online lessons to help students overcome those challenges.


We emailed our list and posted on social channels to get as much participation as possible. Participation was voluntary and sample was not random.

We used a few simple quantifiable questions to identify the participants and the rest of the questions were open responses.

I did my best to summarize the open ended responses in an organized and meaningful way while maintaining, as best as possible, the original spirit of the response.

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Bachata Footwork: FREE Intermediate Lesson

Enjoy this full lesson of bachata footwork taught by our instructors Harold and Regan.

It’s taken directly from the Musicality module of their Bachata Course with the goal of practicing various concepts and rhythms learned in the module.

The lesson is broken into various parts, so just scrub the video timeline to select the part you’d like to view:

  • Demo
  • Explanation Part 1
  • Explanation Part 2
  • Practice to counts
  • Practice to music

In this bachata footwork lesson we use the following concepts:

  • whole notes (4 beats)
  • half notes (2 beats)
  • quarter notes (1 beat)
  • syncopated steps (&s or half beats)
  • 1&234 rhythm
  • Bass beat rhythm

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