Anyone who has listened to salsa music already knows that it is one of the best types of music to dance to. During this dance, you should have a strong feel of romance, yet creating the energy that will help you climax to an epic dance. The sassy mixture of romance and energy is the perfect remedy for the dance, commonly done by two dancers facing each other on the dance floor. In most cases, it is brought out perfectly in the Spanish dialect, and has a lot of similarity to the Brazilian, Afro-Cuban and Cuban rumba dance, which is yet another common style of dance.
The Beginner’s Class
The body movement of any type of dance is directed by the beat pattern of the song. Usually, salsa follows a 4-beat motion, quite common in many other genre of music. The body movement is meant to incorporate the hand, waist and the legs, with a few twists and turns that will create a good mix between partners. Salsa is projected exceptionally well with men and women who have the advantage of shaking their waistline in a rhythmic manner, though this does not mean that you cannot dance to salsa if this is not your strength. Just follow the dynamics given below.
The Two Kinds of Dance Positions
One of the first steps in understanding this dance is knowing the two kinds that we have. The closed position (more romantic) has the lead dancer taking his partner’s right and holding it in his left, while the he places his right hand over her left shoulder. Movement is limited in this position, though this closeness gives this type the passionate feel of salsa.
The other easier going type is the open position, the lead’s hands hold the partner’s hands while her hands face downwards. The lead is usually the man. In this position, a lot of free movement is allowed, giving room for a more energized, exciting salsa dance.
A Few Rules to Follow
- Have the right posture. Your spine is always expected to be straight. Your shoulders too should not lean forward. Have them straightened back.
- You ought to look up at all times. If possible, have your eyes locking. It give the perfect feel of the dance
- Move your hips to the beat. The ladies are better placed to have this work out for them. Keep your hips loose and sway them to the beat.
- Your arms are to be bent at an angle of 90 degrees all the time apart from specific periods when turns and twists are made.
The Lead’s Movement
The lead has the mandate to make the dance epic or boring. He does so by giving his follower claves. These are small but gentle pushes that make the follower know that she is supposed to turn in some kind of direction. It also allows her to know when to pause, when to dip and when to make certain moves.
The Follower’s Movement
The follower has an easier job. As the subheading tells it, all that she has to do is follow the lead. However, she must be sensitive enough to gauge the kind of clave given, interpret it and make the move in split seconds. It should not be too hard if you practise consistently!