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Salsa Fundamentals (For any Level)

teacher avatar Brandon Barker, Teaching the World to Dance

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Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Salsa Introduction

    • 2. The Basic

    • 3. Crossbody Lead

    • 4. Underarm Turn

    • 5. Alternating Underarm Turn

    • 6. Bonus All Patterns Combined

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About This Class

Welcome to the exciting and addicting world of Salsa Dance! This course is designed to give you the foundational patterns that will not only get you dancing right away but be a springboard for All future patterns.

     *No Dance Experience Required* So there is no excuse! Grab a partner and start learning now.

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Brandon Barker

Teaching the World to Dance


Welcome to BCdancepassion's virtual classroom! Here you will find Dance Lifts and Tricks along with easy partnering techniques that can be used in social and performance applications. Our mission is to equip our students with safe yet fun maneuvers that we believe should be accessible to as many people as possible.

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1. Salsa Introduction: Welcome to our skills. Year course, guys, today we're gonna be getting into some beginner salsa. I'm Brandon. This is my dance partner, Chelsea. So our format for learning today is we're gonna be doing a demonstration with counts that were under a man's work. Ladies for work. And then we're going to be doing a little bit of leaving Follow in the end. The only thing that you need a dance partner, you don't even need some dance shoes or something for work. Get right into. Okay, First things first, guys. We're gonna get to a couple of basic fundamentals that you need to know before we even get to work. So we want to get into a couple of dance positions. The 1st 1 is gonna be what we call it to hand hold. This is also really good practice for for learning is gonna have plenty of space between you and your partner's eyes, are. Actually second hold is gonna be a classic close position. So our left hand place right inside of that, we have a light here and then cheese and raise her arm. I'm gonna take my right hand on her shoulder blade arrest her elbow on top mine, and then we close down position this just so you could see from a different angle. This is our closed position. And then one more thing I want to keep in mind. We're a team to return today. So whenever you're spending lady, you want to make sure that over your as she passes under armed, just in contact with her and there's no reason in the world for me to actually rip your arm tries to turn keeping the grip. At some point, we're gonna have spoke really quickly or it's gonna really hurt her shoulders. We want to make sure that we have a nice up as we let her pass underneath the arm and I presume that grip. 2. The Basic: Alright, So first pattern is basic with counts. 56712371237 Different angle. 123 561367 First things first, we're gonna go ahead and do vans footwork, starting with her left leg. Guys, what we're gonna be doing stepping forward. So a small forward step small replacement. Step back to the first part of this stuff. Right foot. Step back on the right place that way to the left and bring your right foot to your left. Demonstrate this from different angles. Started with my left leg to go forward to replace the body weight. Clothes Go back. Replace the body weight. Plus you saw seven straight earlier action pass on this +12 and slightly back for three, 56 Slightly forward for seven. The only thing that's different is passing my feet rather than bringing them to close with weight changes are exactly your right leg. Starting back to back place. Close your feet. Starting forward on the left foot. Forward place. Try that one Time. Right place Close for left. Replace close right back Lows left for place. Close as you get comfortable with where your body weight is going to stay on time. Start aggressive way have 12345 3. Crossbody Lead: for a second pattern, we're gonna be doing a change of place. Pattern called cross body lead demonstrates from two different angles. 1st 1 with 56567123 712356 Okay, so, leaders, starting with your left. But the most important aspect of this movement is that we open our body, give the lady space to pass by, so start with her left leg way. Have 12 on the third step. Actually gonna turn 1/4 from this world to this wall. Body weight on the left leg. Now I take my right leg back steps. I go back, place fall through or go. 123 Just exchange. Wait. Three times 567 Same exact effect. More time. Different angle. So I have 123 567 One more time. Doing those changes. 123 56 for all concerned. Right foot stepping back basis for left back, Back again. That right brought forward. We're back. So let's talk a little bit about the leading follow. We're gonna start with leaders part. So when we're getting into this position, the best thing we could do is Turn our bodies out. So we have 12 and three. So her indicated that we're going into this movement is that quarter turn through the upper body. Another thing. I take my hand from its mobile position. Just drop it a little bit closer about shoulder level, lady. And then from here, bring her through. 456 and seven time. 123 then 56 or the follower. What you want watch out for is not like we're gonna go through our pattern, your basic steps that will walk straight way have back for forward. Back, back one more time that forward, forward. What is happening? Sometimes we assume where you start to think that we're going into the pattern with our Peter feel world. Look very good. Wait here. Leaner. Keep walking straight through with pattern bad back 4. Underarm Turn: for our next movement. We're gonna be doing a basic under our terms. We're gonna do this one in close position will also demonstrate to we're gonna start with first batter. You learned Basic Step 123 56 way. Have one. 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