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A fundamental thing in most salsa dance styles is to:
Step quick-quick-slow over the 4 beat measure.
Usually the quick steps are on beats one and two,
The slow step is actually a quick on beat three
with a pause on beat four.
You step left-right-left-pause then right-left-right-pause.
Some exceptions are different styles such as
New York style, (starts on one and breaks on two)
Columbian style, Mambo, Power On2 styles,
begin the first three steps on beat 2.
Cuban styles, can start on any count.
These turns are used in almost all salsa dances.
Outside Turn (Underarm Turn) – similar to the
"arch turn" in swing and many other dances,
follower turns clockwise
Inside Turn – follower turns counterclockwise (to
Spot turn, either, or often both, partners turn
360° remaining in the same spot
An extension is where partners break in opposing
directions so that their arms are totally outstretched.
This can lead into a spot turn or an in and out
In and out or "Copa"
A cross-hand hold left over right, the lead dancer
makes an extension,then pulls the woman in with the
right hand while leading
the left hand over her head to the other side of her,
causing her to turn half way around to her left.
The follower is then pushed back out, and will do at
least another half left turn to return her to facing the lead.
The windmill, is a kind of lead for a turn where rather
turn from above the follower's head,
the leader loops the arm widely
up and down,
the movement appears more vertical than horizontal.
With the cross body lead the follower is led to opposite side of lead,
so they swap positions counter clockwise
There is a reverse cross body lead
It's the same as the
regular cross body lead
the couple changes positions clockwise.
The basket is a kind of extension where the leader is
behind the follower
and holds the follower's arms
wrapped around her shoulders while
forward and then the leader breaks backwards.
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