This short video was part of a lesson provided to Bolling Military Base for a Hispanic Heritage program. This shows an explanation of how to do the basic step, and the principle of frame which makes leading and following possible.

 

USEFUL PLAYLISTS:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJnlHnMfogFLknotcfXhxLHTNc64Qb7KQ  This is a series of instructional videos that explain basic and intermediate Salsa steps for one on one dancing and for Salsa Rueda circles.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJnlHnMfogFJf_UBW5n0tl1uLl6PwhrCh  This is a series of "walk-throughs" of advanced Cuban moves.

GENERAL LATIN DANCE INSTRUCTION

1.  ONE ON ONE SALSA--L.A. Style

There are several styles of Salsa.  Below are youtube links that show Barb teaching basic steps for one on one Salsa ("L.A." Style Salsa).  The underlying rhythm of Salsa is to step on 3 out of every 4 beats in the music.  This is often referred to as a "quick quick slow" rhythm.  A "quick" is a step held for one beat and a "slow" is a step held for two beats.

a.  youtu.be/0uDm8Tu8kCg Instructional Video on "Basic L. A. Style Salsa."    This covers Basic, Side Rocks, Right Turn, She/He Turn, and Cross Body Lead.

b.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5ZEYDYQ2tY  Salsa Lesson, part 1  

c.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg2BYy6VzTo   Salsa Lesson,  part 2

d.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5Y8g59IxuA    Salsa Lesson, part 3

2.  MERENGUE

Below is a link showing Merengue instruction.  This is a Latin Club Dance where the underlying rhythm is to step on every beat.  So the rhythm would be referred to as "quick quick quick quick."

 youtube.com/watch?v=Wqw6vSbukfU   This video also covers "Cuban Motion" which is the hip sway seen in all Latin dances.
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3.  SALSA RUEDA MOVES--Cuban Style

The remainder of this page has demonstrations and explanations of  Salsa Rueda moves.  These are Cuban Salsa moves done in a Rueda circle formation.

a.  youtu.be/z6jqT83-IL0 This is Instructional Cuban Salsa Video Part 1.  It explains Basic, Dame, Fly, Besitos, and Enchufla.

b.  youtu.be/TTibS0sXZ0E  This is Instructional Cuban Salsa Video Part 2.  It explains Enchufla Doble, Enchufla con Mambo, Festival de Enchufla, Pelota Con Dos, Pelota Con Quatro, Foto, Adios, and Uno.

c.  youtu.be/fCDkrIV0ccw  This is Instructional Cuban Salsa Video Part 3.  It covers Pa Ti Pa Mi, Adios con Hermana, Kentucky, Adios Arriba, Enchufla Arriba, Pelota Loca, Enchufla con Exhibe, and Candado.

d.  https://youtu.be/SWHzOilJzT8   This is Instructional Cuban Salsa Video Part 4.  It covers Uno y Dos, Sombrero, Vacila, Beso, Balsero, Balsero y Beso, Dedo, Montana, Dedo Extended, Siete, Siete Moderno, Siete con Coca Cola, Abanico, Setenta, and Sombrero de Manny.

e.  These videos show an array of basic and intermediate moves done in a circle:
    1.  youtu.be/Y-FxQSPU16w   The steps performed in order are:  Uno, Pa ti pa mi, Dame/Dame Dos, Besitos, Kentucky, Dame, Adios con la Hermana, Dame, Dedo Extended (Dedo directly into Montana), Dame, Setenta, Puente, Dame, Candado.  
    2.   youtube.com/watch?v=TDPs6DC16zM   The steps in order are: Uno y Dos, Vacila with a shine (i.e. footwork). Then the couples move into a circle and do Dame, Enchufla doble arriba, Sombrero, Besito (an "air kiss), Chevaria (3 twists), Puente (the "bridge" move), Balsero, Pa ti pa mi, Kentucky, Pelota con dos, Adios con la Hermana, Dame, Dame dos, Dame arriba (going back to the previous partner), Photo, Beso, Setenta, Enchufla con mambo, Dedo, Adios, and Candado.

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Below are additional selected videos of Cuban Salsa moves:

1.  Evelyn  (in English & Spanish):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSHWLUnEq1A

2.  Sombrero, Vacila, and Vacilense los dos:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17CDrY8EnyE)

3.  Dedo Saboreado:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzn4ZS6BnBY)

4.  Exhibe con Gancho: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGjxJB93po4)

5.  Puente Complicado blended with Puente al Revers:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=We_c2MvWohI)

6.   Rubenada, Sordo, Carnival, & Carnival Unisex:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7wfc40X18A)

7.  Thalia:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R57rq3MlHEY 

8.  Exhibe con gancho:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGjxJB93po4 

9.  At this link https://youtu.be/WH7_HFX4nf4, there is a video of the following moves (all of which were taught at a "Rueda Exchange" event in NY):  Choco, Calvo, Azuquita, and Carnival.

10.  There are also some old videos at this page:  http://barbbernstein.com/instructionalvideos.htm  Depending on your computer and your software, you may be able to see some of the video and not others. But there are lots of videos on that page!

11.  Interested in Cali (Colombian) Salsa?  It's got fast footwork and is very dynamic.  This video explains how to do a short Colombian Salsa solo routine.  https://youtu.be/CFFaxwQvjmk 

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Big thanks to everyone who helped prepare these videos.