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					       Salsa Micro Session
• At the end of the lesson you will
  – Be able to dance a basic step
  – Be able to dance a mambo step
  – Be able to dance an open step
  – Have a routine to perform!
                   Salsa
• “salsa” – Spanish word for sauce

• Salsa dance originates from Cuban son
  – Influences from Mambo, Meringue, Rumba


• Lots of different styles
  – We’re going to dance LA-style
                Salsa Beat
• Four Beats per bar

• Only three steps per bar
  – Count 1-2-3- - 5-6-7- -1-2-3- -5-6-7- -
  – Sometimes a flick or tap or kick on fourth beat


• Weight change every step
            Salsa Dancing
• Salsa is a partner dance!
  – Leader (usually men) steps
  – Follower (usually ladies) steps

• Find a partner
  – Gender doesn’t matter!

• Leader leads with left foot
• Follower leads with right foot
                   Basic Step
• Side to side movement

•   Step on lead foot               [1]
•   Step on trailing foot           [2]
•   Step on lead foot               [3]
•   Tap/Kick/Rest                   [4]

• Repeat in opposite direction starting on trailing
  foot
                  Mambo Step
• Back and forth movement

• ROCK onto lead foot                [1-2]
   – Men: forward, Women: backward
• Close feet                         [3]
• Tap/Kick/Rest                      [4]

• ROCK onto second foot              [1-2]
   – Men: backward, Women: forward
• Close feet                         [3]
• Tap/Kick/Rest                      [4]
               Open Step
• Stepping away from partner

• ROCK BACK on lead foot       [1-2]
• Close feet                   [3]
• Tap/Kick/Rest                [4]

• ROCK BACK on second foot     [1-2]
• Close feet                   [3]
• Tap/Kick/Rest                [4]
Salsa Hold
                 Routine
•   4 basics (16 beats)
•   4 mambos (16 beats)
•   4 opens (16 beats)
•   …. and start again!

• Remember: it’s 1-2-3-tap 1-2-3-tap
       You’re now Salseros!
• You should now be able to:
  – Dance a basic step (side to side)
  – Dance a mambo step (back and forth)
  – Dance an open step (away from each other)
  – Dance a short routine

• Places to learn more
  – http://www.bbc.co.uk/strictlycomedancing/learning/
  – http://www.dancelife.co.uk/ - Dance Lessons in Ferndown
  – http://www.danceniceneasy.com/ - Dance Lessons in Boscombe

				
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