A Look At The 4 Easy Pointers To Learning The Salsa Dance

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ScatnStyle:  Salsa Dancing

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

ScatnStyle:  Salsa Dance

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!

This post was generously provided by Emma William.

Emma William is a professional dancer in Canada. She is part of a group of salsa dancers in Toronto and has been performed various stage shows. Her expertise in a number of dance forms has made her one of the most sought-after dancers in Canada.


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  • Anne August 26, 2013, 5:40 am

    Learning dance is always exciting for everyone not only for beginners but all age all have the opportunity to strengthen their bodies and minds as they grow to love the art of dance.

  • James Robinson December 1, 2013, 3:48 am

    My wife loves dancing salsa. She’s a beast at it. I’m so proud.

  • Sophia February 2, 2016, 10:11 pm

    I’ve been learning salsa dance for 3 months. At first, I found it really difficult especially when I had to bend my arms at an angle of 90 degrees. But now it seems easier cuz I get acquainted with it. Thanks for useful information.

  • viki debbarma June 20, 2016, 5:30 am

    My wife is a good classical dancer….!

  • Music Woman June 29, 2016, 1:52 am

    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.

  • Del Dominguez December 9, 2016, 10:07 am

    Great overview of the dance! I loved when you mentioned the hips movement and can attest to the fact that guys can easily do it too (with good technique)! I can also confirm that women appreciate the effort. =D

  • karaokemachineguides March 2, 2017, 3:31 am

    great overview of salsa dance .My wife often do salsa with me . i love to do salsa with her . with this article i got some more useful tips . thanks for the post

  • Dance 45 May 29, 2017, 8:15 pm

    I need to learn how to dance salsa urgently xD

  • Ik January 9, 2018, 2:29 pm

    Nice work and usefully post do more posts

  • Brazil Beauty January 31, 2018, 1:36 am

    Wow Glad to see this post. This is a cool, amazing and very informative post. I like the way you make awesome posts and no doubt you have great sense of style. This post is close to my heart. Thanks for sharing this impressive and strong article.

    • Deborah E February 10, 2018, 12:35 am

      Thank you for your kind words!

  • Grace May 6, 2018, 5:17 am

    My Husband loves Salsa, Thank you so much for this great information

  • Dr Ahmed Sengo February 2, 2020, 7:41 am

    I’m very excited sometimes when I watch her shows


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