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Capital Cities – Safe and Sound OFFICIAL SALSA Dance Tutorial

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

So we’re going to show you today some salsa, one of the styles that was in the Capital Cities video, such an awesome video. It’s so much fun. It’s very versatile. You can be able to do it with a partner and be able to do it solo. Salsa has origins from Cuba, Puerto Rico. There’s so many different styles. We’re going to first start off with the basic. Just to talk a little bit about the basic. We’re going to step up only a six of those counts. So go one, two, three, and the five, six, seven. So we have forward, in place, together, and back, in place, together. 
So the four and the eight are seven. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven. So the arms are just going to be up here around the chest area going back and forth. So we’re going to do what we call fancy Suzie Q, which is starting with the left foot. We have in and out, and in and out. We’re going to cross with the left foot, and we’re going to step, step, step. Cross with the right foot. Step, step, step. And as we take those steps, we’re going to do swivels. So let’s try that again. Swivel, step, swivel. And swivel, swivel, swivel. So let’s take it from the top. We’re going to take one full basic. So we have one, two, three, five, six, seven. In, out, in. In and out. And in and out. Suzie Q. And Suzie Q, Suzie– Base it with the counts we have. One, two, three, fix, six, seven. One, three, five, seven. One, two, three, five, six, basic. And a one, two, three, five, six, seven. So that was our foot work section. 

Now we’re going to go into some fun rolling. So we’re going to start off. The same thing. Leaders are going to start forward. And the ladies are going to start back on that right foot. So we have basic one, two, three, five, six– release the right hand. And we’re going into an outside turn. We’re going to go down and up, and we’re going to push away. Five, six, seven. 
We’re going switch hands to the handshake hold. There, we’re going to do what we call a hairbrush. So we have one, two, three. Bringing the left hand behind. Five, six, seven. And we’re in close position. Close position, palm to palm. Right hand up. So let’s start that again. So we have double hand hold basic. We have one, two, three, five, release the hand. One, two, three, five, behind the head. And one, two, three, five, six, seven. One, two, three, five, six, seven. So once we establish that connection and just relax, and just let him take you and you follow, that’s one of the most important parts. And it’s just about having fun, so less up here and more here connection.

Most of the time, people will just have fun and enjoy the music along with their friends. Sometimes, however, things can get a little out of control. This is when someone can get hurt. Some will vacation, some will continue to obsessively take class day after day. Many people believe that salsa came to the world from Cuba via New York. It has elements of Afro-Caribbean and Latin influence in the music and dance steps that are performed in this fast moving dance. Well, for starters, no dance can ever look complete without the right attire. Understanding these rhythms will not only help you become a better salsa dancer, but they will help you to derive much more enjoyment out of listening and hearing salsa music as well.