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Salsa Basic Steps for beginners – Learn the basic Salsa step online

by Leon Turetsky · 9 comments

Salsa-basic-steps-imageIn the video I teach you the first of many Salsa basic steps. This is the most important step in the Salsa as it will serve as the foundation for all your other Salsa steps. This basic step consists of a forward half and a back half. Remember, it is very important to switch weight on every single step.
Dance: Salsa (Club Style)
Level: Absolute Beginner
Move: Salsa Basic Step (Fwd & Back)

Related Beginner Salsa Steps:
Salsa Timing Explanation
Salsa Side Basic Step
Salsa Underarm Turn
How did you like this lesson? Please leave your comments below…

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Phil Hamilton July 31, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I’m a brand new dancer and very much like your videos that I’ve watched. I have a very basic question.

Your video lesson shows you and Kim bringing both feet together (side by side) on counts 3 and 7. I’ve seen other instruction that shows placing the (man’s) right foot farther back than the left on count 3 and the left foot farther forward than the right on count 7. If there are times when you recommend doing this, I’ll appreciate a brief explanation.

Leon July 31, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Hi Phil and welcome aboard!

You are correct to say that it is possible to do the basic step “without” closing the feet exactly….This video shows the basic in the most fundamental form. As you become better, you will want to pass your feet a little bit. So instead of closing you may go a little fwd or back on 3 & 7. Hope this helps.

Michael Girouard November 26, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Excellent! Very well taught and easy to understand.

Leon April 25, 2012 at 3:57 am

Just as an update, we now have 15 online Salsa steps available. With more to come in the future!

sophorn holl February 16, 2014 at 8:53 pm

Hi Kim and Leon
thanks for your clear instructions, I can really follow you guys. I just need to keep on practicing

Michael G Hill March 19, 2014 at 7:01 am

Very good explanations. I’m impressed. Simple and easy to follow. I am showing my grand daughter how to dance using these videos. It’s fun and great bonding for us.

Nicole Applewhite April 1, 2014 at 6:18 am

I am amazed how much information you pack into 3 minutes! Excellent.

M O DOS RAMOS June 30, 2014 at 4:39 pm

WOW!! I use your videos to practice at home and they are absolutely brilliant .
Any chance of a Mambo lesson coming soon?
Thank you for adding the Waltz ..greatly appreciated
Dancing has changed my life!!!!!

Florence Peterson February 25, 2015 at 10:14 pm

Leon I enjoyed the tips today and look forward to signing up with you as soon as I get someone who jcan copy the lessons to a cd for me as you suggested.
I think you are so clear and so precise and you make dancing look very easy. I don’t have a partner to practice with but I use a chair and still practice.


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