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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Change of Place – Beginner Salsa Step

The change of place is a nice introductory Salsa step that gets you moving around your partner. If it looks familiar, that’s because it closely resembles the Enchufa step from Cuban Salsa. The stepping stones leading up to this move are your Salsa basics. If you haven’t already learned them, go back and check out the demonstration here. The more comfortable you are with your Salsa basics the easier it will be to pick this move up.

Later on, in our experienced beginner lessons, you will learn a partner work move called “Ochos”. Before you get there, make sure you have already mastered this step.

Demo of the Change of Place

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Back Basic, Cumbia Basic and the Open Position

Once you’ve learned the Front-Back Basic and the Side Basic in the closed position, it’s time to learn a few more of the Salsa basic steps while exploring the open position. After learning this next set of basic steps, you’ll have a solid idea of how to begin moving in different directions, while keeping time with Salsa music.

Demo of the Back Basic & Cumbia Basic

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Salsa Side Basic, Front-Back Basic and the Closed Position

Welcome to our introduction of the Salsa basic steps. These basics are some of the first beginner steps you will learn in any class. They make up the foundation of Salsa with their ‘quick quick slow’ rhythm and they are perfect for teaching you how to begin connecting with your partner. To start off, Patrick and Scarlet will demonstrate these steps in the classic Closed Position. It’s an exciting beginning! Check out the demo below to see how they look.

Demo of the Salsa Basic Steps

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The Cross Body Lead – Beginner Salsa Step

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Cross Body Lead

The Cross Body Lead is one of the most important beginner Salsa steps you’ll learn and you’re going to be using this move A LOT. Having a smooth Cross Body Lead is an absolute game-changer. Taking the time to perfect this step is well worth your time. Once you master it, you’ll feel huge results – we promise. If there is any move to perfect when you’re first starting out, it would be this one.
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Five Turn Pattern (Basic Right Turns) – Beginner Salsa Steps

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Five Turn Pattern

Not to be underestimated, the basic turn sets up a dancer’s ability to learn multiple turns. That said, a single turn executed with good technique will lead to an easy transition to learning multiple turns well. However, poor single turn technique will lead to a mediocre double turn at best.
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