Salsa Tips

How to Find the Beat in Salsa Music (4 Week Free Course)

Welcome to Finding the Beat, a 4-week course designed to help you overcome the number one challenge ALL new salsa dancers face: finding the beat in salsa music and dancing on time.

By the end of this course you will be able to…

  • Better 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

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Improve Your Salsa Turn Technique 10 Times Over With This Easy Drill

Raise your hand if you can’t wait for your next mediocre dance!

*No hands move* – that’s what we thought.

As Salsa dancers we turn hundreds of times per night (some nut jobs probably hit the 4 digits), but despite this staggering amount of repetition, SO many of us are losing our balance and limiting ourselves from experiencing incredible dances. That’s insane!

Simply put, if you’re off balance, you’re missing out big time. It’s time to end this madness and unlock your ability to turn better. Sound good?

This quick tip on salsa turn technique is going to change the way you practice your turns and it’s the perfect test to find out if you’re slacking off! Read more

Think Twice Before Coaching Your Salsa Partner

You’re in the middle of a social dance, things aren’t going quite right and you’ve got this growing urge to tell your partner what they’re doing wrong.

Stop. Right. There.

If you’re not qualified to teach, don’t do it.

When a dance feels like it’s falling apart, coaching your salsa partner might seem like a great idea, but it ain’t. Here’s why: Read more

8 Benefits of Proper Salsa Posture + How To Kick Those Hunchy Habits

Maintaining your posture in Salsa is one of the golden rules of leading or following.

Most people are unaware of the issues bad body posture causes, which is why few spend the time to correct it.

In this post, you’ll find out why proper posture is so critical to becoming a successful Salsa dancer and how you can fix your bad habits so you can start reaping the benefits that will take your Salsa to the next level. Read more

How To Stay Grounded In Your Salsa Basic

New to salsa? Get started with our Free Guide: How To Dance Salsa For Beginners.

Polishing Up Your Front & Back Basic Step

Once you learn how to maintain perpetual motion in your basic step, it’s time to work on staying grounded. This will help you keep your rhythm and timing while making every movement you make much smoother. Like any dance, having these fundamentals down, is crucial in order for you to execute the trickier stuff later on.
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How To Improve Your Salsa Basic Step On1 & On2

New to salsa? Get started with our Free Course: How To Dance Salsa For Beginners.

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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He’s Dancing Off Time – What Do I Do?


This Salsa tip came about from one of the most common questions we hear follows ask.

Some guys are on beat, some guys are 50-50, some guys struggle as they get used to Salsa music and there are others who are off in their own world dancing to an ‘amazing’ rhythm that no one else can hear.

As always, you’ll have to approach each partner a little differently, but the ultimate question still remains – do I follow him and dance off beat, or stay on time? Here’s some advice for both the leads and the follows.
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How To Ask For a Salsa Dance

First, Let’s Lay Some Ground Rules

Before you go approaching anyone to ask for a dance, there are a few important things you need to be mindful of:

  1. Look clean
  2. Smell clean
  3. Smile
  4. Don’t look desperate (even if you are!)

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Dancing is a Conversation, Not a Fight

Social Dancing: An Imperfect Conversation

Social Dancing is a conversation. Not a perfect presentation. Like any conversation, social dancing is prone to its fair share of misunderstandings. At some point, it’s inevitable that a lead will initiate a move and the follow won’t respond as expected, so let’s talk about how each partner can respond in a situation like this.
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