Advanced Salsa Steps

If you are reading this, then I assume that you already know the beginners salsa steps. How did you like it? Are you ready for advanced salsa steps to propel you to dancing diva superstardom?

Before you start dancing, you will do well if you warm up 10-15 minutes prior to the start of your training. Stretch your muscles and rotate your joints. This will ensure that your body is sufficiently warm and flexible when you start dancing. People who don’t take enough time warming up and cooling down suffer from post-workout soreness and even injuries.

The basic salsa steps are the forward and backward steps. The man traditionally leads the woman, and the woman follows the claves of the man. Claves are subtle tugs and pushes where the lead directs his partner to the next step or a change in direction. The follower should not decide where she would go before being led, this is called “back leading”. Back leading will mess up the over-all effect of the dance and if you are in competition, judges will notice and deduct points for this.

Now, there are several common advanced salsa steps that are incorporated into the dance. Sideway basic is also called the drop side. This is exactly like the forward backward basic salsa step, except you go from side to side instead of forward and backward. Side and cross step is like the sideway basic, but instead of directly bringing your feet to the left or right, you cross one foot over the other. Cuban open step is also like the basic step but instead of stepping straight back, you step back diagonally.

Turns are also a staple in salsa steps. The under-arm turn is also called the arch turn or the outside turn. This is done when the lead turns his partner in a clockwise manner. The inside turn is the opposite of the under-arm or outside turn. The spot turn is the move when a dancer, single or both partners, take a full turn without moving from their spot.

Extension is simply when both partners pull in the opposite direction, thus creating arm tension as they remain holding hands. Cross body lead is when the couple exchanges places in a counter clockwise direction. The reverse cross body lead is done the opposite direction, which is clockwise. The basket is what you call the extension wherein the lead is positioned behind the follower and he holds her arms that is wrapped around her shoulders. The man breaks backwards while the woman breaks forward.

Reading the advanced salsa steps is a little complicated. If you are like me, it’s hard to picture it with just words. You need to see it being done in front of your eyes, preferably with music. You can find a fantastic ballroom dance DVD in this site that will help you understand better and learn the steps quickly. If you are serious about dancing, this is an investment that you should consider making. You won’t regret it.


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