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Basic Salsa Steps

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Salsa, one of the most popular Latin American dances, is definitely, as its name suggests, hot and spicy. And do you know why it's so popular? Not because it's difficult, but because it's easy and simple. Not to mention fun, social, energetic and, of course, sexy.

At first glance it looks like it's very difficult to learn, but the truth is quite the opposite - basic Salsa steps are actually very easy. They can be learned with less than 10 minutes of practice.

Salsa is danced in a closed position, partners facing each other. The gentleman holds the lady's right hand with his left hand. His right hand is placed around her waist. Her left hand is placed on his right shoulder.

The basic rhythm is - quick, quick, slow; quick, quick, slow. The slow step consumes 2 beats of music and the quick step one beat.

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There are various styles and variations of Salsa, but as a beginner, you should always start at a beginning. Here are the basic Salsa steps for beginners:

Basic Steps For Men:

Basic Salsa Steps for Men

You need to start with both feet together. Remember, practice makes perfect.
  1. Step forward with your left foot (first beat)
  2. Right foot in place, weight shifts to it (second beat)
  3. Step backward with your left foot (third beat + pause on fourth beat)
  4. Step backward with your right foot (first beat)
  5. Left foot in place, weight shifts to it (second beat)
  6. Step forward with your right foot (third beat + pause on fourth beat)

Basic Steps For Ladies:

Basic Salsa steps for ladies

  1. Step backward with your right foot (first beat)
  2. Left foot in place, weight shifts to it (second beat)
  3. Step forward with your right foot (third beat + pause on fourth beat)
  4. Step forward with your left foot (first beat)
  5. Right foot in place, weight shifts to it (second beat)
  6. Step backward with your left foot (third beat + pause on fourth beat)
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