Salsa Articles

Adding New Moves into Your Salsa Social Dancing

In a recent video I talked about How to Break Down Complex Salsa Patterns into the individual moves that make them, so you can understand what you see.

Being able to name all the moves you see is the key. It allows you to learn things faster, remember patterns easier and take inspiration from your favorite dancers.

Today I want to go one step further and show you how to take all those cool moves you see and add them into your social dancing.

For inspiration we’re going to use the same two salsa combinations we looked at in the previous video (Bouncy Hands and Triple Trouble) and I’m going to show you which two moves I want to add into my social dancing.

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How to Break Down Salsa Patterns (and Steal Moves)

Do you want to be able to watch anyone dance and understand exactly what you see, so you can learn combos faster, remember things better and more easily take inspiration from your favorite dancers?

That’s exactly what I’m going to explain in this video, with examples, and stick around because later in the video I’ve got a fun challenge for you.

This is a part two of a video I did recently on How to Remember Salsa Moves and in that video I mentioned that beginner leads should spend less time focusing on patterns and spend more time focusing on individual moves.

Now I want to show you why this approach works and how, with practice, eventually you’ll be able to walk into any class in the world and pick up whatever combo they’re teaching within 15 minutes.

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How to Remember Salsa Moves (the MISTAKE that holds you back)

(Note: we use salsa as the example, but these techniques apply to any partner dance!)

 

We hear it all the time: “I can’t remember any of the moves I learned!”

Why is it that SO many leads dancing salsa, bachata and [insert dance here] struggle to remember moves?

Let’s dive in…

One of our salsa students recently reached out in our Facebook group asking:

I’m looking for tips on how to remember salsa moves. I have a partner I practice with and I try to run through the moves by myself at other times, but come social dancing all that practice seems to vanish and I can only remember a small amount.

 

The Problem

So as a lead how can you more easily remember salsa moves?

Firstly, this is such a common problem so don’t feel bad if you experience it. We’ve all gone through it, myself included.

Not being able to remember moves or forgetting problems is just a symptom.

The actual problem you’re experiencing is a lack of vocabulary and understanding of how everything connects.

Trying to memorize patterns from class isn’t the answer, but unfortunately it’s what most leads do and what most teachers teach.

 

The Solutions

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7 Salsa Inside Turn Variations You Should Know

(Dancing on 1 with @johaceta 💃🏽 – not sure what dancing on 1 means? click here)

Ever feel like you’re seeing hundreds of different salsa turns and you have no idea how to make sense of them all?

Well, you can relax.

There are only a small handful of truly unique turns and the rest are variations.

Similar to our recent post 7 Salsa Moves for Beginners (The Building Blocks for Everything), this video and post will show you how the majority of moves in salsa are just variations of a few fundamentals.

Let’s take a look at the salsa inside turn as an example so you can see the move in it’s basic form and then a bunch of it’s variations.

By the end of the video you’re going to have 7 different inside turn variations you can add to your social dancing.

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How to Find the Beat in Salsa Music (Free Video Course)

(See full course outline below)

Finding the Beat (FTB) is a free youtube course that has helped thousands of beginner salsa dancers get past the #1 problem they face: how to find the beat in salsa music.

If it helps you, please pass it on to your friends!

Although designed for salsa dancers because salsa music is the most complex, these lessons will help you find the beat in ANY type of music.

I’ve broken down the process into 4 logical steps:

  1. Counting non-salsa music (easy music)
  2. Moving to non-salsa music
  3. Counting salsa music (more complex)
  4. Moving to salsa music

By the end of this course you’ll be able to…

  • Understand the structure of music
  • Count music
  • Hear the beat in salsa music
  • Find the 1 in salsa music
  • Stay on time while dancing salsa with much higher success

Here’s the Finding the Beat youtube playlist and you can find the entire course outline below.

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