These Salsa Dance Moves (+ Bachata Dance Moves below) are designed
to help you alongside Heidi Almontes Guernsey Salsa dance classes - to help jog your memory!
You will also find the dance Salsa Videos page helpful to
practice to dance at home either before your first Bachata or Salsa dance class,
or during the first few weeks of lessons.
New Beginners concentrate on first few Salsa dance moves only please!
Salsa (New York or Linea style Salsa)
To start ~ Man moves forward
on left, Ladies back on right foot.
Replace and close (with right foot slightly in front of the left).
Then the opposite foot in the opposite direction.
Salsa steps should be small with weight on the balls of your feet for Linea
(More grounded for Cuban style),
Knees slightly bent, head up, shoulders back and smiling at your partner whilst
Ladies hook fingers over leaders at waist/hip height.
Never hold on with thumbs or a tight grip-even if you are
Mans right hand on her shoulder blade (not waist)
Ladies left hand on his shoulder (not arm)
Ensure 3 points of contact, 1 - Shoulder, 2 - Elbows, 3 - Shoulder blade.
Ladies and men turn as you are stepping 'forward' with left foot, then use your upper body to turn
to right with the weight on your right foot.
Ladies keep right arm at a right angle in front of them (elbow level with shoulder) as
Man pass right hand behind back for right hand shake turns.
Men let go of right hand and put behind your back, relax left hand down on 1, then up on 3 so
lady will turn clockwise on 5 (not before) as you circle around her 'Halo' making sure you miss her
Men turn clockwise starting on 1 passing her hand behind your back or keeping your hand quite close
to your head - you don't need a lead as you know what you are doing!
Ladies remember your wiggles & smiles - men smile back please if
Leads should be very gentle but clear. Ladies need to look out
for the leads.
CBL (Cross body
Start Mans left hand down low (open or closed hold) on 1.
Men need to swivel right foot virtually on the spot then step left
foot to the 'side' on 3 - making a pathway for the lady to dance across.
Right foot doesn't leave the spot until 7.
Start lady right turn, man right turn and end in a right hand shake on top.
Cross body lead feet for man as he lifts his right hand up and over ladies head clockwise.
Touch her shoulder briefly with right hand then lift right hands up so ladies arm is at a right
angle on 3, then turn her by moving your hand clockwise around her halo on 5/6.
C B Inside Turn
C B L footwork.
Left hand shoulder height, straight out on 3, right
hand down to her hip.
C B Outside Turn (clockwise) Lead on 1 with left hand forward,
On 2 with right arm forward and Mans left hand bent to get momentum - left hand eye height as
Outside Turn (Clockwise)
C B L footwork.
Right hand on her left shoulder. Left arm bent on
3, turn her clockwise.
Right hand down, left hand side and up on
3. Left hand around her 'halo' 5/6.
On 1 small back step on left foot with left arm up, on 5 small back
step on right foot with right arm up.
(Take small steps back each time you swap places, so you
can step forward, then twist to face your partner. When right arm up-right foot back,
when left arm up-left foot back)
Quick Refresher of some of Beginners Dance Moves
Basic Steps, Open Hold, Closed Hold,
Basic Right Turn (Lady, Lady then Man),
Cross Body Lead (closed and open hold),
Inside Turn (anti-clockwise), Outside Turn
The Wrap, Susie Q, Back Drop, Setenta