The quinto (literally fifth in Spanish) is the smallest and highest pitched type of conga drum. It is used as the lead drum in Cuban rumba styles such as guaguancó, yambú and columbia.
Doble Cero is an easy Salsa Cubana/Casino move that has the same footwork as Setenta and Sencillo. After the right hand turn, the leader lets go of the follower.
Learn how to play the campana or basic cowbell rhythms in this video lesson. Students will learn how to hold the campana correctly, proper stick placements, basic patterns and other guidelines.
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.
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.
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.
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 Cuban salsa move known as Corona starts exactly like Setenta and incorporates Enchufla and Exhibe. This move introduces new hand and arm movements for both leaders and followers.
Maracas, also called rumba shakers and various other names, are percussion musical instruments—rattles—that originated in Latin America. Players hold them by their handles, usually in pairs, and shake them.
The Cuban salsa move Exhibe comes from the basic step Llevala Pa’bajo and is essentially a right turn for the follower that the leader initiates on 3.