The basic copa salsa move or turn starts with a cross handed outside turn followed by an inside half-turn where the ladies come to a stop to which styling can be added.
Add variation to your tumbao by playing the congas “Changuito” style. Instructor Edgardo reflects back on his teacher and mentor José Luis “Changuito” Quintana.
Sombrero is a classic Cuban salsa move that starts with a Dile Que No followed by a vacila variation where the hands come up and over the leader’s and follower’s head.
This intermediate salsa combination further builds upon adding complexity to the cross body lead. Watch our inside roll and progressive cross body lead video lessons before learning this pattern.
Learn how to add “flams” when playing Tumbao in this video lesson. A flam is a sound that is made from hitting your conga drum with both of your hands almost at the exact same time.
Learn vacila variations in Cuban salsa known as “vacila con mano” and “medio sombrero” in this video lesson.
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.
Learn how to spice up your tumbao “Patato” style in our latest conga video lesson. Instructor Edgardo Cambon opens up to 2 and 3 drums.
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.
Learn martillo variations on the bongo drums in this video lesson. Master instructor Edgardo Cambon demonstrates how different licks and variations can be incorporated while still maintaining the melody.