Mas­ter­ing the basic step will be the first key step to devel­op­ing prop­er tech­nique and tim­ing in sal­sa. Your spins and part­ner-work tech­niques will be exe­cut­ed in sync with the rhythm of the music once you have mas­tered your basic. Think of the basic step as the drum­mer in a band. It keeps you and your part­ner on time.

I encour­age you to prac­tice these steps at home but it goes with out say­ing that online instruc­tion is no sub­sti­tute for real time stu­dio instruc­tion. There are many fin­er ele­ments of the basic step such as the Cuban hip motion and arm work. What you get in a class that you don’t get from your com­put­er is invalu­able feed­back from your instruc­tor and the oppor­tu­ni­ty prac­tice with oth­er stu­dents. I hope this tuto­r­i­al will get your feet mov­ing but make sure to get the prop­er train­ing by stop­ping by a stu­dio sal­sa class.

Sal­sa music is played in 44 time and has 4 beats to the mea­sure or bar. The basic step hap­pens with in 2 mea­sures or 8 counts. The Sal­sa Basic Step is danced as fol­lows…

FOR THE LADIES

1. Step for­ward with your right foot on the first count

2. Step for­ward with your left foot on the sec­ond count

3. Step in place with your right foot on the third count

4. Pause on the fourth count

5. Step back with the left foot on the fifth count

6. Step back with the right foot on the sixth count

7. Step in place with the left foot on the sev­enth count

8. Pause on the eighth count

Repeat Step 1

FOR THE MEN

1. Step back with the left foot on the first count

2. Step back with the right foot on the sec­ond count

3. Step in place with the left foot on the third count

4. Pause on the fourth count

5. Step for­ward with your right foot on the fifth count

6. Step for­ward with your left foot on the sixth count

7. Step in place with your right foot on the sev­enth count

8. Pause on the eighth count

Repeat Step 1

Because of the pause on the 4th and 8th counts, sal­sa has a rhyth­mic feel of slow, quick, slow, — slow, quick, slow,

The Sal­sa Basic Dance Step is danced in closed posi­tion with the Man fac­ing the Woman.

There are four points of Con­tact between the Man and the Woman.

1.) The Leader takes the Follower’s Right Hand with his Left Hand.

2.) The Leader places his Right Hand on the Fol­low­ers back.

3.) The Fol­low­er places her Left hand on the Lead­ers shoul­der.

4.) The Leader and the Fol­low­er keep their chin up and main­tain eye con­tact.

Now that you have your feet mov­ing, make sure to enroll in sal­sa class­es to get the expe­ri­ence of doing the basic step with dif­fer­ent part­ners.

Source by Todd Chen