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SALSA Figure 01 Basic Step

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General Informations

The BASIC STEPS teach you the fundamentals of each dance style.

The New York style BASIC STEP "on 1". This step can be used in all styles with small modifications. Salsa doesn`t have, in contrast to many other dance styles, its own basic step. However, the New York basic step is widely accepted as the salsa basic step. Salsa is danced to a 4/4 beat.

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.

Helpful prerequisites:

  • Experience with movement and music
  • Examples from the category: "Short Dances"

Tips for implementation:

  • Different forms of organisations add variety and take some pressure off the teacher as the "presenter".
  • Merengue (see don`t stress, relax and inspire), is ideal to start with ballroom dances/partner dance.
  • 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.
  • Lay some music during the practice phase (motivation). The sound volume can be varied.

Further steps:

  • When the basic step is learned, the Salsa moves can be performed with the basic step.

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.