Salsa > Is It Salsa?

Discussion in 'Salsa' started by PataSalada, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. PataSalada

    PataSalada New Member

    I recently signed up for an introductory class for Salsa. Wanting to be somewhat prepared, I watched several Youtube basic lessons for beginners. Being a musician, the rhythms and basic steps were easy to follow (e.g. 1-2-3, 5-6-7 Patterns for basic, side-to-side, and cumbia steps).

    The teacher is, however, teaching something totally different. Her steps are essentially on beats 1-3-5-7 of a 2 measure pattern.

    Beginning with feet together, the steps go as follows: 1-(LF to Front) 3-(RF comes together with LF). 5-(RF to Back) 7-(LF comes together with RF).

    Side pattern taught is: 1-(LF to Left Side) 3-(RF comes together with LF). 5-(RF to Right Side) 7-(LF comes together with RF).

    When questioned, the teacher says this is a Cuban style Salsa, but I haven't been able to find anything like it. Although I intend to learn standard Salsa dancing, I may continue with a few more of these lessons since the steps are a bit slower and, at my advanced age, might make for a bit of time to rest when needed.

    At any rate, I would greatly appreciate anyone who could explain if the pattern above has anything to do with Salsa. Thanks Loads, PataSalada
  2. Sagitta

    Sagitta Well-Known Member

    Ok, so about the two steps. 1 lf steps forward, 2 rf steps in place (so maybe in the two step version this is not noticeable), 3 feet together. This is the only possible explanation I can come up with. There is no 2 step version, even in Cuban salsa. And Cuban salsa is my favored dance style. I would not go back to this salsa class ever again.
  3. toothlesstiger

    toothlesstiger Well-Known Member

    Welcome to DF, PataSalada.
    At my most charitable, I'd say the teacher is trying to give the class something simplified from real Salsa. But I agree with Sagitta, I would not waste any more time on that class, you are better off with youtube videos.
  4. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Hi PataSalada. Welcome. :)
  5. tangotime

    tangotime Well-Known Member

    The above,is a normal teaching strategy.. however.. the directional movements are un- orthodox ,to say the least.
    And, its not any form of Cuban style.
    More importantly, be sure you are learning a style that, is conducive to the area in which you live. The main ones.. Cross body , L.A, and N.Y.
    Cuban is taught in most major metro areas, but is not as high on the list. ( as it should be ! ) .
  6. opendoor

    opendoor Well-Known Member

    But he question was, if the said steps were a better access than the common short cuban basic. I find not, but perhaps there a different views.
  7. tangotime

    tangotime Well-Known Member

    Were not speaking about style here..but.. an accepted basic format that ,pretty much all agree upon. And, WHY would someone teach a variant, without introducing basic concepts ?.. probably, because they are truly not conversant with the style ?.

    The whole point of the basic concept, for a beginner, is to be able to dance socially with " Like/kind " .
    Im not against variants ,in their due course .

    There is one other poss. The poster has mis-understood the info, and posted a poor description ( its happened before )
  8. opendoor

    opendoor Well-Known Member

    Would be interested if Pata tackled that teacher about the steps ;)
  9. Simi-Lanjiao

    Simi-Lanjiao Member

    The side pattern does vaguely look like son though. LOL.

    But that my take on it. I'm no salsa god here on DF.

    Maybe the instructor was just trying to give the newbies a generic, basic idea of how to move to salsa music? Then after that she will start to teach the proper basics?

    Anyway, I'd love to see what comes up in the follow-up classes. Keep us posted PataSalada!
  10. Jag75

    Jag75 Active Member

    Not sure what that footwork correlates to, but it aint salsa!
  11. Jag75

    Jag75 Active Member

    Oh and welcome to dance forums!

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