Lesson 2: The Back Basic, Cumbia Basic & Open Position

This lesson is part of the Ultimate Guide to Salsa Dancing For Beginners. It’s been pulled directly from our salsa program so you can get a feel for what it’s like to learn online with Patrick & Scarlet. Like what you see? Sign up for our full salsa program here, or view our curriculums: On1 and On2.

Welcome to lesson 2! After this next set of salsa basic steps, you’ll have a solid idea of how to begin moving in different directions, while keeping time with Salsa music.


Moving from the Closed to Open Position and introducing your Back Salsa Basic

Transitioning from the closed to open hold should be a smooth natural motion and it gives you more space to do your Back Salsa Basic. The Back Basic is danced not only in basic partnering, but also frequently used while doing more advanced partner work. It also closely resembles the Cumbia basic, which we’ll show you next.

Cumbia Basic

The Cumbia Basic is similar to the Back Basic, but it adds a slight rotation. The Cumbia Basic comes from a dance called Cumbia, which is a separate dance from salsa, but we often make use of this basic step in salsa because the rotational aspect of it comes in handy!

The Cumbia Basic is also a must-know for dancing with Latinos. If you’re heading to Latin America, you’ll see this step being thoroughly enjoyed by the locals.

Nicely done. Keep on going!