Learn vacila variations in Cuban salsa known as “vacila con mano” and “medio sombrero” in this video lesson.
Learn how to play the bongos in this video lesson. First-time hand drummers will practice the basic martillo rhythm and other beginner patterns and grooves.
The salsa progressive cross body lead adds a half-turn for both leader and follower before the follower “walks by” or crosses in front of the leader.
Vacila or vacilala, is an important Cuban salsa move that serves as the foundation for many Casino intermediate patterns. The leader redirects the follower and initiates a moving outside turn.
This salsa pattern features the right turn hand toss followed by a female left turn. Both moves have been covered in previous salsa video lessons but here they’re combined into an intermediate move.
Enchufla Doble Largo is a variation on the Casino move Enchufla Doble that adds another turn for the follower and introduces some new footwork to this series.
The clave is a rhythmic pattern used as a tool for temporal organization in Afro-Cuban music. Learn the five-stroke son and rumba clave patterns and beats in this video lesson.
Leaders can add flair to their cross body leads by incorporating a hook turn as the follower passes by. This combination will also help the leader practice switching hands behind his back.
Candombe is an Uruguayan music and dance style originating with African slaves. This Uruguayan music style is based on three different Candombe drums: chico, repique and piano drums.
Flamenco is a classic Miami Cuban salsa move that incorporates Dile Que No, Evelyn, and the Exhibe turn. Followers will learn how to “untrap” their left arm after the Exhibe turn.
The man’s or leader’s hook turn is essential footwork the leader must master in order to progress in salsa. The dance steps are broken down into simple instructions in this video lesson.
The Cuban salsa move known as Evelyn begins like an Enchufla but has the leader create a frame with the follower before turning to the right in a “vuelta” and finishing the pattern with a Dile Que No.