All of the salsa dance steps are composed of the basic steps. It is critical that
you learn them well enough that they become automatic.
Here's an easy way to tell if you know the basic dance steps: While you are
dancing with your partner, can you hold a conversation
and complete all of the basics steps? If so, you are ready to learn the intermediate
A structured salsa lesson may consist of 6 weeks Basics 1, 6 weeks of Basics 2,
and at least 3 months of Intermediate before moving on to advanced salsa steps.
One way to build up and fine tune your skills is to go out to the clubs. It doesn't
matter if you just know a few moves. Women will enjoy dancing with you as long as
you do the moves well!
In the following pages, I will guide you through the different hand-holds, counting
and timing, and the basic steps.
After you have mastered the basics, you can move on to learn some of the patterns
I've learned in Intermediate and Advanced class.
While you progress, please remember that salsa is not just a bunch of steps and
patterns. It is a dance of passion, where you feel and dance to the music. Sure..
rhythm and timing are important, but the real part of the dance comes from within.