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How to dance Salsa

 Mastering the Stance

The Salsa can been danced in either a closed dance position or hand-in-hand.
In the closed dance position, the lead takes his partner's right hand in his left and places his righthand on her left shoulder blade. The partner should keep her left hand on his right shoulder, with her arm over his.
In the hand-in-hand position, the lead has his palms facing upwards, and the partner takes his hands with her palms down. This allows for more freedom of movement.
Have good posture. When dancing, you should always keep your spine straight and your shoulders back[1].
Always look up. Keep your had held up or tilted to look at your partner. Do not look at your feet or your partner's.
Move your hips. Most of the movement in the Salsa comes from the hips, so you will want to keep your hips loose. Don't be afraid to sway your hips.
Keep your arms bent at a 90 degree angle from the elbows[2]. In this position, your hands are most easily accessible to your partner.
Choosing Salsa Music
Choose a song that has a 4/4 beat (four beats to the bar) and a fast tempo[2]. Before you start a song, make sure that you can keep up with the speed and identify the beats for your steps.
Count as you listen to the song. If you count out the beats in the music, you will be able to find the Salsa beat and identify which steps go with which beat. You can also tap your foot as you're listening to a song to identify the beats.
Dancing As The Lead
Lead by giving claves. The leader in the dance should guide the follower by giving claves. Claves are little tugs or pushes that let the follower know when to turn, hesitate, dip, or perform other moves. A clave should be a gentle push on the woman's shoulder or waist using the hand that is resting there.
Use the following basic steps to dance the Salsa with your partner[3]: Start with both of your feet together
 Hold the beat on the first beat and do not move
 On the second beat, step forward with your left foot
 On the third beat, rock back on your right foot
 On the fourth beat, step back with your left foot
 On the fifth beat, hold the beat and do not take any steps
 On the sixth beat, step back with your right foot
 On the seventh beat, rock forward on your left foot
 On the eighth beat, step forward with your right foot
 Repeat these steps to the rhythm, since Salsa music uses 4/4 time and contains eight beats
Dancing As The Follower
Move when the lead tells you to. As the follower, you must be attuned to what the lead is directing you to do. Pay attention to all the claves that your partner gives you and move instinctively in the direction that he is pushing you in.
Do not lead or pull your dance partner around. As the follower, you should wait for his lead and follow in line with the dance.
Use the following basic steps to dance the Salsa with your partner[3]: Start with both of your feet together.
 On the first beat, step back with your left foot.
 On the second beat, break back with your right foot.
 On the third beat, step to distribute the weight back onto your left foot.
 On the fourth beat, hold the beat and do not take any steps.
 On the fifth beat, step forward with your right foot.
 On the sixth beat, break forward with your left foot.
 On the seventh beat, step to distribute your weight back onto your right foot.
 On the eighth beat, hold the beat and do not take any steps.
With any dance, make sure that you identify the timing and beats in the music first. This will make it easier for you to stay in time when you are dancing.
 Don't grip your partner's hands tightly[4]. Just rest your hands lightly in each other's so that you can move easier.
 Start off by shifting your weight from foot to foot during the beginning of the song. This will help you get a feel of the timing as well, and it will get you into the hip motion necessary for the Salsa.
 Dances can be difficult to master without seeing them visually, so go to a class, watch a video, or go out to see professional Salsa dancers at work. You'll be able to pick up on the moves and the timing by seeing it play out in real time.
 Make sure that your partner knows what level of dancing you are at. If you are a beginner, they'll know not to attempt complicated moves that you have not learned yet.
 Practice the steps by yourself. Even if you don't have a partner, you can practice the stance and basic steps at home to music so that you are comfortable with following the beat.

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