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Learn Salsa On1: Ladies Outside Roll - The salsa outside roll for ladies is important Check out the step-by-step photos below to learn how to make this recipe.


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The hold that results after an outside turn using a double hold. Same.


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If the music is slow, it is quite possible to lift your foot and step in place on beats 2 and 6 , instead of merely tranferring your weight onto the appropriate foot, which makes your dancing look more energetic, if that's what you're after. That way, she'll know that you've had enough of the back step, rather than second-guessing what she perceives as an issuficiently-strong lead into another back step. You will almost never bring your feet together in salsa, except possibly as a styling. It's useful if you get a mental block, or if you are having trouble synchronizing yourself with the music, and want to keep the girl occupied with something more fancy then the basic while you're recovering. This turn is always performed on beats 5 to 7 , since it begins by stepping onto the right foot. Twist your partner counter-clockwise by extending your left arm forward in between you and her. More experienced dancers will perform only one basic, usually followed by a cross-body lead in preparation for a pattern. So don't try it with a beginner, and make sure that you lead strongly and provide much of the turning force, or she'll never manage to complete both turns on time! Another way to recover from getting off-beat which works better than stopping in the middle of the dance floor is doing a few in-place merengue-like steps, before giving the girl a strong lead into the basic step once you hear 1 again. By now she should know what's coming. If done correctly and quickly! It takes some practice not to "overshoot" the turn: when, during the turn, you are facing in the original direction once again, you can stop the spin by lowering your heel, which acts as an efficient breaking mechanism. This is the simplest turn of all. It is a good idea to polish your basic step early, and you can easily practice it alone in front of a mirror. It will not work, and you will waste a lot of time to no gain. It is also possible to switch hands during a double outside turn , either for both turns on 3 as described above, or on 6 , guiding the second turn with your right and finishing in the handshake hold by 7. The head should still face in the original direction, spotting over your left shoulder. But don't let the arms stretch out completely - you want to keep them bent slightly at the elbows to maintain a comfortable tension throught the move. LA-style salsa owes much of its characteristic dynamic look to highly-exaggerated open breaks. Since you are helping her to maintain balance during the turn, step in place or not at all during the turns. Keep your left hand low at her waist level.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} And, finally but most importantly, salsa is not some challenge to be met or a puzzle to be solved - it's about holding a beautiful girl in your arms and loosing your whole self to the intoxicating music of Latin America. Under those circumstances, keeping track of the dozens of new dance patterns learnt in the first few months of dancing is not easy, and calling them on demand into a coherent choreography for your partner to enjoy probably feels completely out of reach. Spotting correctly takes a lot of practice. Since you get three counts to perform the full rotation, the hook turn feels much slower than the floor turn described above. So get into the good habit from the start, and step past your left. Cross-body lead is the starting point for most of the subsequent dance patterns, especially in LA-style salsa. It's best to return to the closed hold by catching your partner at her waist on 1. However, at for me, this doesn't seem to work particularly well while performing anything more complicated than the basic step. Like the forward turn, it is a clockwise turn, and may be incorporated into a dance pattern or used alone as shine. Do whatever feels more natural. Keep your legs close to each other throught the turn, and your knees bent at a constant height. Besides, I take for granted most of the fundamentals tought in every dance class around the world, such as the details of the closed hold, and make no attempt at presenting the intricates of the salsa rhythm. Some people find exiting the back step a little cumbersome. Raise your left arm to a level at or just above your partner's head, and join the palm of your left hand with the palm of her right. Release the girl's left hand while turning her counter-clockwise back towards the basic position by pulling her right hand with your left. She should be facing you again by 6. You probaby also want to step slightly to the side, so as to get out of the way of their partner when she will be traveling across during the second half of the measure. However it is quite comfortable, thanks to the momentum gained from the forward step on 1 and 2 , provided that you hold your hands close to yourself in front of your chest and turn your upper body sharply. As a leader, remember to step in-place while your partner is performing the turn; otherwise, you will find it hard to exit the step on the right count. There's no better way to learn to dance than that! You will end up in the open handshake hold after the turn, holding her right hand with your right. It is best to lead this turn with at most two fingers instead of palm-to-palm, held loosely in the cup of the girl's hand. Most of the recipies on this page can only serve as a clarification of prior knowledge, and will make no sense to you unless you see them performed first. You are now in an L-position with the lady just in front and to your right, facing across you. Also, please remember that the notes are meant to be used in combination with real-life salsa classes. If done right, the later will also help to ephasize the Cuban hip movement. The spin on 3 will feel quite fast, and spotting correctly will make it look even faster. The girl must remember to spot, so stay alert and catch her with either arm , should she loose her balance. As you get more confident, you will find yourself replacing most of outside turns in your salsa with doubles , but single turns still seem more appropriate to a slow-paced music. Any hand not holding a girl should be held firm in front at your waist to help balance the body during the turn. Currently, I only describe the leader's point of view on this page, but I may add the follower's perspective some time in the future. When turning, turn your head left and look over your left shoulder at some spot in front of you such as the girl's nose for as long as you can, then quickly turn your head clockwise, and, well before your body is facing in that direction again, look for the same spot over your right shoulder. This turn is always performed on beats 1 to 3 , since it begins by stepping onto the left foot. If done correctly, a sharp open break looks like the couple is suddenly thrown apart by some invisible force, which looks nice when done to a fast music. This turn can be performed instead of a single outside turn in most of the patterns described on this page. Keep your head turned in the direction of your left foot, spotting over your left shoulder. The only difference is that, while raising your left arm to give the palm-to-palm turn signal on 3 , you bring your right arm up to your left, and switch the hands holding your follower's right, giving the turn signal with your right palm instead of the left. In either case, the turn should finish by 5 with the body in the same position as for the basic step on the same count, making it possible to complete the measure with a hook turn see below instead of the basic step footwork. At the same time, give a strong forward lead with your left arm, while turning your partner clockwise using your right hand on her back. Although it looks very nice, and most girls love to spin, it is quite demanding of the follower, as she will get very dizzy if she isn't spotting correctly. You are basically stepping in the circle with the music, and a lot of dance patterns, particularly in cuban-style salsa, involve the hook turn in one form on another. So stop reading, get out, and enjoy yourself! I will usually perform two or three basics at the beginning of each song while getting accustomed to its individual rhythm. Bring your hand down in a loose arch, bending your elbow so that your palm travels close to your face before proceeding down towards your left waist. That way, you'll know when you're spotting correctly: you're there when doing a dozen rotations in a row still doesn't make you dizzy. Remember that, on 5 , you will be stepping back onto your right foot rather than forward. I originally took these notes to keep track of the two dozen or so moves which I have learnt in the beginners course at Latin Dance Australia. Give a strong forward lead with your left arm by extending it. You can then proceed to any of the handshake patterns described below. Remember to spot! Begin turning her clockwise using your left arm. A helpful piece of styling is to swing your left arm to the left while stepping back on 1 during the open break beginning the move, before bringing it up on 2 and 3 to signal the turn. Your two feet should now be positioned in parallel, with the weight firmly on your left foot, and your right hand placed in the middle of her back. It looks good on the dance floor, and is a very effective way of navigating around the crowd. The leader turns the follower clockwise by guiding her right arm in a relatively loose circle above her head, leading her into a full clockwise turn, which she performs on beats This is one of very few turns which start on 5 rather than 6. Finish with both feet close together by 3. However, if the follower refuses to form the cup, try to give as much contact as possible with the full palm, in which case you will probably have to perform the turn more slowly. At the end of the count, both feet should face in the same direction again, and the weight should be on the left foot. The basic step describes the fundamental footwork pattern in salsa. Please, please do not try to learn salsa from scratch by reading this page and then blame me for your failure. Rotate the left foot by the final 90 degrees as you transfer the weight off it. This is a very simple step, usually tought in the first beginners class. Doing this in a way that feels comfortable to the girl may take some practice. It is a clockwise turn, and may be incorporated into a dance pattern or used alone as shine. Stepping in-place will also help you in maintaining the tempo of the turn itself - a turn performed too fast will throw you both out of beat. Note that in most introductory classes, instructors will teach you to bring your feet together into the initial position on this count, but, in my opinion, that feels and looks clumsy and makes it much harder to keep balance during more complex moves. To make this work, you must lead her strongly with the arm holding her right hand in a tight circle above her head. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}If you have tried to learn Salsa without a prior dancing background, you probably know the feeling all too well: trying to teach your feet to feel the music, your body to follow the feet, all the while still getting accustomed to the fast and complex salsa rhythm. I've spokent to too many guys who, after a few grilling lessons, wrote dancing off as a bad debt. The basic idea is to complete the first turn sharply on 5 , followed by a second, slower turn on counts 6 and 7. Besides looking nice, this gives you a little bit of extra momentum for the fast turn on 5. Try it at home, while walking reasonably slowly in a circle. In either case, the basic step performed on beats 1 to 3 may be replaced with a forward turn. You cannot underestimate the importance of spotting during this and all other turns. By 3 , you want to be in front of the lady, and remember that she will be stepping forward on that count, so it's best to step back rather than just transferring your weight. Don't lower your hand after the turn! This is a variant of the basic outside turn described above.