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Salsa Fundaments 1 - From Zero to Hero

teacher avatar Daniel Rosas, MySalsaHome

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Lessons in This Class

17 Lessons (43m)
    • 1. Welcome - That is what we will cover in this class

      2:23
    • 2. Body Posture and Basics Steps

      4:55
    • 3. Basic Steps with music

      1:07
    • 4. Partnerhold and Partnerwork with counting

      5:33
    • 5. Partnerwork with music

      1:06
    • 6. Cross Body Lead with counting

      3:01
    • 7. Cross Body Lead with music

      0:50
    • 8. Open Break with counting

      2:13
    • 9. Open Break with music

      0:56
    • 10. Left turn with counting

      3:34
    • 11. Left turn with music

      1:24
    • 12. Right turn with counting

      4:06
    • 13. Right turn with music

      0:50
    • 14. Learn the 3 fundamental salsa shines

      5:59
    • 15. Salsa shines with music

      1:09
    • 16. Salsa Combination with Counting

      2:44
    • 17. Salsa Combination with music

      1:14
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In this salsa course you gonna learn all basics you need in your Salsa, such as the basics steps, cross body lead, right turn and left turn and open break. In addition, we gonna show you some shines such as the Rumba, Mambo and the famous Susy Q.

Each Lesson builds of the other.

All together you will be able to perform a little choreography to a beautiful song - La Promesa.

Very important: Have fun, enjoy the time with us and hopefully see you next time on the dance floor.

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Daniel Rosas

MySalsaHome

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Hello, I'm Daniel.

In 2013 I discovered my passion for Salsa.

Ever since, I attended numerous festivals all over the word in order to develop my unique dance style and refine my technique. Now I pass on this valuable knowledge to my students with great enthusiasm and dedication.

My Motto: simplicity is the key to brilliance.

Most of the salsa dancers are focused on patterns and shines without having the right connection with the partner and the music. That is my strengths and in the same time your chance to learn that knowledge in order to become a gentle man on the dance floor.

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1. Welcome - That is what we will cover in this class: Welcome to my cell phone. My name is Daniel Roses. And this is my amazing dance partner, Jackson. Friend. Thank you for by only class, and I hope you're going to enjoy it. 2. Body Posture and Basics Steps: give yourself some space and make yourself comfortable. And now let's start together with the body positioning, which is important for your dance. Lift up your chest and try to stand straight. Try to bend your knees slightly and place your hands just in front off your waist. In the middle section. Dead is your dance position. Now we want to step like to like, make sure that you transfer you wait like on the stepper and try to relax your arms and your hips. We are going to learn the three fundamental salsa steps one forward step to sidestep and three the back step timing in salsa We dance toe eight counts in h phrase off the music, and that sounds like this 12345678 And this is repeating all the time. We're going to begin by doing our basic step to salsa in what it called on one timing. That means we will step forward on count one off the beat. And, as I said, salsa has eight mean cards. Notice that we are pausing for an eight, so in total there are six steps on eight counts. The forward step looks like this. 123 567 123 and 567 Basically, cells, there's nothing else than walking. Don't focus so much on dancing. Just work like this. You look forward and you worked backward and repeated again. You walk forward and you work backward. Just keep in mind. We start in our center and we always want to come back into the center. The center is our home. I will break it down for you. Therefore would step. We're stepping forward with the left leg on one. Replacing onto stepping back on three and generates a set were posing on 48 We're stepping back with the right on five, replacing on six and going forward on seven again. We are in our center. Let's try again slowly. 567 Go! 123567123 and 567 We also can come like that. Quick, quick, slow. Quick, quick! So and quick. Quick, slow. Quick, quick, slow Debt is over. Forward step now. I will demonstrate. Decide. Step 567 Go! 123567123567 I will break it down for you. Sidestep starting with a left leg to the left on one. Replace onto together. Three to recite on five. Replace on six together. Seven. As you can see, you always want to come back to the center, and that is important in all basics. Let's try again. 567 Go 123567123 and 567 123 Past 567 123 567 Back step. Which looks like this. 567 Go 123567123 and 567 Let's break it down for you, Starting with the left leg back, crossing the right on what replaced you together. Three five to the back. We play six together on seven. Let's try again. 567 Go. 123567123 And 567 123 Past 567 123 567 3. Basic Steps with music: running through all three basics. Starting from the top with music. Let's go now. Let's try together. Start with forward Step 567 goat 567 gold and accept 567 gold. 4. Partnerhold and Partnerwork with counting: partner work. Now we do the basics with our partner. In order to do this, we will show you the partner hold. There are many possibilities. Toe them's with your partner. In this case, we're going to show you the closed hold with leaders, left arm and the right arm off The followers we hold our hand like that were important for both. We do not use our thumbs. Try to lead just with one or two fingers, the middle and the ring finger, for instance. Now we place the right. I'm underneath the shoulder plate off the lady, the follower Just rest the left arm on the shoulder. Or for more styling, you can place the hand a little bit lower on this side off the shoulder. Just make sure that we do not have a gap between the elbows before we start dancing, there is one little thing the ladies have to know and partner work. You have to reverse your basic. Otherwise we would crash into each other and we would start both with the left leg. That means instead off starting forward with the left. The lady start backward with right. The basic is still the same. That's it. Let's do together the basic steps we just learned before starting with the forward step. 567 end. 123567123567123567 Sidestep, 567 Go 123567123567123567 Next up. 567 Go 123567123567123567 Let's talk about leading following and time leading and following its the way off communication during our dance. I am sure everyone of you knows the movie duty dancing as this movie shows. We both have our own dance base, and we have to keep it clean in order to do it. Let's do the push and pull exercise. Try to push and pull the follower without losing the tension. That means the follower has to make sure that the arms are not coming beyond the body, neither getting straight. If the leader goes forward, the lady goes back in order to keep her dance space clean and vice versa for the timing it's important that we give the follower the right preparation to lead the lady in the right timing. We need start leading before we want the lady to make step. If you want a lady to start the basic on one, we have to give the lead approximately on eight. If it would lead on the same count as the lady stopped making steps, there would be no preparation for her. And it's not that easy for her to follow. Now we're gonna show you how it works by using this technique for the basic steps in order to make the forward step, we give the little pressure with a leading hand on eight, so she got enough time to make the right step. Let's do it on counts. 567 n. 123567123567 Sites that to let the followers know that we want to do a side step. We have to give the same pressure we use before. But this time, with our right on the shoulder plate, we push our follower slightly to left. Keep in mind that lead comes on eight. Let's do the forward step first, followed by the sidestep and getting back to the fourth step. 567 Forward step 123567 Sidestepped. 123567 Forward step 123567 Back. Step This same we do with the back step. For that, we give the same pressure again with our left hand and pushing the lettuce slightly to the right and also bit to the back. Now again on counts. Let's do the forward step first, followed by the back step and getting back to the forward. Step 567 Forward Step 123567 Becks up 123567 for except 123567 Let's through the partner work together with music. 5. Partnerwork with music: Let's through the partner work together with music 567 Forward step 567 system. 567 Decks it 6. Cross Body Lead with counting: cross body elite. First step we're gonna learn. It's across but elite. And this is one off the most important steps you're gonna learn in your salsa, crossbar. Elite Looks like this. 567 m 123 567 123567 I will not demonstrate the boy spot. Step forward on the left leg. 12 s normal On the right. You're gonna open with your left leg. The right leg which turned in your left leg to out six and you step forward on seven. Stepping forward on the left one. Let's do it again. 567 And 123 567 Again! 123 567 Let's drive with the basic in between. 567 Basic. 123 Cross body lead. And 123567 I will now demonstrate the woman step just like your basic steps. Starting back on the right leg. One, 23 We're going forward. Five. Now we come around the corner. Six stepping back with a left on seven facing the opposite direction and wow! Let's do it again! 567 And 123567 again. 567 and 123567 Let's try this with a basic in between. 567 Basic. 123 Cross bar relieved and 123567 I will now quickly go through lead for the cross by elite 123 Make sure there's enough space for the lady to cross over when we were on five. It's very important. The lead comes from the right hand on the back, not from the left, meaning. Do not pull the lady cross with the left arm. The lead comes puree with a right hand on the back on the five, and the left arm is just there for support. 567 Let's try this with music, starting with the basic and then the crossbar Elite. 7. Cross Body Lead with music: starting with the basic and then the crossbar. Elite 567 Basic cross body lead. Basic cross body lead. Basic cross body leak basing cross by Lee 8. Open Break with counting: open break almost as important as the cross. But elite is still open. Break the open break looks like this. 567 Basic. 123567 Open Break one. Let's do it with a cross by the elite in between. 567 Basic. 123 Cross body lead. 123 Open. Break em! Wow! Again! 567 Basic. 123 Cross body lead. 1230 pin break and one, guys, your steps for the open break. 123 56 Together on seven So we can change direction and stepping back with the left foot on one so easy instead going forward on one with the left foot You go back on the one with the left foot That means after the basic step, you step together on seven and go back with the left on one for the ladies. Technically, nothing changed. The only difference is that at the end, off the basic instead, off your Baxter facing your partner, you will turn your basic step to face out like this. I recommend to dance the open break in conjunction with a cross. But elite just a little tip for the open break. The meaning for the open break is to tell the lady something is coming up As the guys gets back, the lady feels the tension, and that's creates more like abounds, feeling also notice. In order to get the right pounds, you need to connection with your arms called DW position. Make sure that your arms are not straight. It means you're going too far away and you have no attention. 9. Open Break with music: We will start with the basic step the crossbar elite and the open break. Let's try 567 Basic cross body lead. Open break and well, basic what? Cross body lead. Open break and one brezik. What? Cross body lead. Oh, open break and one last time. Basic Go cross body lead. Go open. Break one. Very good. 10. Left turn with counting: left her. We will start with a basic crossbar elite open break and the left turn. We will demonstrate it first. 567 Basic. 123 Cross body lead. 1230 been break! 123 Left term. And what? We will break it down for you. Let's do it. The left turn altogether As you step forward on one, your body is gonna angle slightly too, right? Were you place on two and turn your right leg on three. The left leg will face the back half. Turn on five. Replaced on 67 in the center and one everything together looks like this. Only the left term. 567 left, er And 123 567 Again. 567 Go! 123567 Last time. And 567 and one do 3567 Before we start doing the left turn in partner work. The ladies have to know that in partner work you have to reverse your left turn. Such as the basic. In the beginning, that means instead off starting forward with the left, The lady start backwards with the right, the steps are still the same. How about to lead the left turn in Patner work after the open break? 12 on three, The right hand will come up like this. The lady will see you hand As you step back. The lady will step forward and placed a hand gently in your hand. Actually receives a very gentle push from the leader, and this will help the lady to execute turn. You also will notice that as I give the lead with the right hand the left hand from the leader and goes up and turn the lady above her head slowly from the top, starting with the basic crossbar elite open break and then the left arm. Let's do it. 567 Basic one Q three. Cross body elite 123 Oh, been break and left. 123567 and one. Let's do it again, starting with the basic 567 Basic. 123 Cross body elite 123 Open break and left on 123567 N. One Last time again from the top 567 Basic. 123 Cross body lead. 123 Open break and left. 123567 and a one 11. Left turn with music: Let's try this with music from the tuck. 567 Basic cross body lead. Okun Bring left ERM Basic cross body lead Open break left and basic cross body leak. Okun break left Turned basic cross, but elite Open break Left home Crazy Cross my feet open break. Left term. Basic cross, but elite open break left term Basic 12. Right turn with counting: writer. We will do now. The writer. We will start this from the crossbar Elite open break and instead, off the left turn, we do the right term. 567 Basic. 123 Cross body elite 1230 been break and writing. 123567 and one. I will break it down for you stepping forward with the left foot on count one. Our two with right foot. We just point to the opposite direction training around clockwise to finish our count on three. We're stepping back with the right or five like the basic, replacing on six and going forward on seven and finish on one. Everything together looks like this. 567 writer 123567 and again, 567 Writer. 123567 And now let's do the basic In between. 567 Basic. 123 Right turn 67 and 123567 and one. Before we start doing the right turn in partner work again, the ladies have to switch your right terms such as the basic. In the beginning, the steps are, as usual still the same. So one to from this position on the three. As we bring our feet together, we raise the left. I'm up not too high, just about the lady's head with the ladies arm and the right angle as such as you turn the ladies, the lady's gonna try to keep the right angle actually turns and very important that the lady does not lose sight off her farm means Do not let your arm go out off the side of your body. Issue turn. Leave it in front off your vision as you turn the arms, always in front off you. Also very important is that I use only one finger to turn my partner. So normally, if you get two fingers inside, you gotta take one out. So you just use your middle finger to turn your partner and then two fingers as you do the basics for ladies. It's very important that you do not crap the guy's fingers. One more point for the ladies as you going for U turn. Always remember to keep your elbow down. The tendency is you want to raise the elbow and turn under your own like that. This make going in conjunction with a guy, Not Halloween over hat. So very important. Guys. You Hello Around, ladies Hat in, ladies, Keep the elbows down slowly from the top, starting with the basic cross but elite open break and the right term. 567 Basic. 123 Cross body elite 123 Oh, Ben Break and Writer. 123567 And what? Let's do it again, starting with the basic 567 Basic. 123 Cross body lead. 1230 Been Break Writer 123567 and one Last time. 567 Basic 123 Cross body elite 1230 Ben Break and Writer, 123567 and one. 13. Right turn with music: 567 Basic cross, but elite open break bright earn basic cross body lead. Open break Writer Basic cross body lead. Open break. Brighton praising cross body elite open break. Frightened basic. 14. Learn the 3 fundamental salsa shines: Charlotte's such as the basic step, the shines or footwork are essential for salsa. We're going to learn the three most famous salsa shines in the world called Why Susie Q to Mambo Tap three. Roomba Shine Number one Suzie Q. Looks like this. 567 Basic. 123 Sue Zeke, you go. 123567123567 and one. Susie Q. Keep your balance forward and band unique. We will stop with your left foot crossing on one over the front entrance for you. Way forward onto you. Want to keep your right leg behind on three. We're gonna do the same step. We're gonna keep crossing a left leg in front again. Notice. We are moving slightly to the site on five. We do the same steps, starting with the right leg crossing the left in front. Keep your left leg back on six and another cross with the right, like on seven, moving slightly to left. In order to come back into your basic step, we cross with your left leg forward on one. That is a tip for you. Balance. Try to place your arms in front off your waist in the middle section that will help you to find your balance. A little exercise you're gonna make it is to twist a such twist, twist, twist, twist that will help you to execute. They're Susie. Q. Let's try it again. Very slow with basic in between. 567 basic. 123 Su Z Q. Let's go. 123567 again. 567 Basic. 123 Su Z Q. Let's go! One, 23 567 and one one more. 567 Basic. 123 Suit, Zeke, you go. 123567123567 and one. Mumble step. I will now demonstrate the member Step 567 basic. 123 mumbo go. 123567123567 and one. After basic UTEP, forward with your left leg on one. In order to do that, you need to transfer you weight on your right leg On to Bowflex are in the centre on three . We stepped forward with right leg, transferring the weight on the left leg. On four. We bring your feet together in the center. On five, we repeat everything again, tapping with the left leg forward. Back in our center on six, stepping with right, like on seven. Coming back in our center on eight on one. We come back in your basic step. Let's repeat it again. 567 Basic. 123 Mambo tep And 123567 and one. Let's do it again! 567 Basic. 123 Mom Book Tip. Go! 123 567 and one Once more. 567 Basic. 123 mumbo tep And 123567 And let's do the last shine calls. Roomba, I will know. Demonstrate the rumba steps, starting with a basic 567 Basic. 123 Room by step. Go! 123567 And or what? Also for the Roomba. We need to bend our knees. Starting in the centre with the left leg. We go to the left. On one. We transfer our weight on our left leg. Come back together on three on five. Step with right leg to the right, together on seven. Very important do not leave. You wait in the center, move your weight as you step to the left or to the right notice. We bent our knees constantly until we get a nice bounce. Feeling notice. Also, our upper body is leaning forward. As you step to the left. Your right arm is going forward. As such, the movement with your arms is like you are looking at your watch As you step to the right . We use our left arm and do the same movement. Let's try this together very slowly with a basic in between. 567 basic. 123 room by step. Go. 123567 And ah what again basic. 567 Go 123 Room by step. Go! 123567 and a one last time. 567 Basic. 123 Room by step. Go. 123 567 And no one 15. Salsa shines with music: with music. Let's do it. 567 Basic Susie Q. Basic basic Bruma Hazing. Amazing Susie Q. Basic basing, Roomba Basic. 16. Salsa Combination with Counting: combination. Let's try to culminate everything together. We will start with the basic cross body elite. Open break left, Turn for ladies. Right, 10 for the guys and right, turn for ladies. We will demonstrate it 1st 567 Basic. 123 Cross body lead. 1230 boom! Break! 123 Left and 30 lady. Right. And for the man. And writing for the lady again. 123 Cross body lead. 123 Open break! 123 Left, er 67 Writing for the guys and right turn for ladies. I will now explain the right turn for the guys. The right term for the guys is in between the left turn and the right term for ladies. So after the left turn for the ladies on seven, we step for board to prepare us to step forward on the left leg. During my writer, my left hand is facing upward. I'm turning under my own arm. Keep the elbow down. As I returned to my partner, I'm palm to palm, getting ready for the right term about the hands. Just make sure you're connected with the fingers we do not use our thumbs, and we don't need to crap our partner to Turner. We just need our fingers. Let's try this combination with counting 567 basic. 123 567 1235671235671235671235671235671 23 567123567123 Size. 67123 Size. 6712356712356 except 123567123567 1235671235671 17. Salsa Combination with music: now with music. Let's go! 67 Basic cross body wheat. Oh, when break less time for the lady runtime for the guy, right? Crazy cross mind. Open break. Let's dance. Other lady. Right? And for the guy, right. Unfortunately, please Cross body break Lester. Writer Rose, We'll break less than further lean, right? And for the guy and light of our lady Amazing.