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SALSA Combination 01

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General Informations

There are several different SALSA styles but the differences between the styles aren`t overly significant. The basic steps and the basic rotation are the same in all styles. Differences exist when it comes to the moves of the leading partner. Salsa music and the corresponding salsa dance both result from a combination of Afro-Caribbean and European dance styles

Target group: recommended level 3 (from age 9./10.)

Helpful prerequisites:

  • Experience with movement and music
  • Basic salsa step is introduced
  • Merengue (see "Short Dances"), is ideal to start with ballroom dances/partner dance

Tips for implementation:

  • It is also possible to use only parts of this sequence depending on the level of advancement of students
  • Different forms of organisations add variety and take some pressure off the teacher as the "presenter".
  • When practising dance that requires a partner, students should change partners often so that the same students don`t always dance together. This ensures, for example, that students who are more advanced can help beginners (teamwork and coaching) and it adds some variety.
  • Play some music during the practice phase (motivation). The sound volume can be varied.

Further steps:

  • Additional movements from this area can be added   
  • Students can show their own moves related to the theme that they either already know or have created or arranged within their groups.

Tips relating to the music: further information can be found under the heading "Tips & methods" > Music

  • For this example, several different music pieces are suitable. A clear rhythm with between 70 -105 beats per minute (BPM) is helpful.
  • Good, motivating music is very important. Use songs that are currently popular every now and then. Bring faster and slower music to the lesson. These add variety and motivation to lessons.