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


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.


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

This is Instructional Cuban Salsa Video Part 1. It explains Basic, Dame, Fly, Besitos, and Enchufla.

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.

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.

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.

The two videos below show an array of basic and intermediate moves done in a circle.  It is noteworthy that in each video, all but a couple of moves are explained in one of the above four part Cuban Salsa Videos.  So this essentially demonstrates how a nice performance can be done using these basic and intermediate moves.

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.

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.

Additional selected videos of Cuban Salsa moves:

Evelyn (in English & Spanish)

Sombrero, Vacila, and Vacilense los dos

Dedo Saboreado

Exhibe con Gancho

Puente Complicado blended with Puente al Revers

Rubenada, Sordo, Carnival, & Carnival Unisex

USEFUL PLAYLISTS:  This is a series of "walk-throughs" of advanced Cuban moves.

More L.A. Style Video Information

Salsa Lesson, part 1

Salsa Lesson, part 2

Salsa Lesson, part 3

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." This video also covers "Cuban Motion" which is the hip sway seen in all Latin dances.

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.

Here are youtube links for the key instructional videos above:   L. A. Style Salsa  Basics   Cuban Salsa Moves Part 1   Cuban Salsa Moves Part 2    Cuban Salsa Moves Part 3   Cuban Salsa Moves Part 4 The need for “frame” for leading and following