Salsa > Is it wrong to step on a heel forward?

Discussion in 'Salsa' started by ticolora, Dec 10, 2016.

  1. ticolora

    ticolora Member

    I got my hands on a Dance Vision DVD, Salsa Bronze Syllabus.

    And the fellow in there steps forward flat on 1. I was taught it is always ball-first.

    Is it mater of preference, or just bad styling?
  2. RiseNFall

    RiseNFall Well-Known Member

    Where are you taking lessons (what kind of studio/dance place) and where are you planning on dancing? There are different versions of salsa; ball first is more "ballroom", flat is more "authentic"...and... I'm going to leave it at that. Heel lead is just plain wrong.
  3. ticolora

    ticolora Member

    @RiseNFall, as I said:
    So...I am not taking lessons. I am watching a video.
  4. RiseNFall

    RiseNFall Well-Known Member

    Where were you taught it is always ball-first?
  5. ticolora

    ticolora Member or another dvd.
  6. RiseNFall

    RiseNFall Well-Known Member

    I'm sure that someone who is a Salsa expert will step in, but I believe that you will encounter the full foot version more if you dance at Salsa clubs.

    Where are you taking classes (you asked about taking them as follower in another thread) and what do they teach there? If they haven't gone over the foot work, watch how the teacher demonstrates steps.
  7. tangotime

    tangotime Well-Known Member

    Essentially, flat foot for forward steps, is correct, however, the "ball" of foot, has a very slight preference, as weight is taken.

    The danger in using a completely flat foot, is being back weighted, if the body "pitch" is not correctly aligned.( think " inside " edge ). Weight distribution in salsa, due to speed of music, should be always towards the ball .

    For the poster.. be very careful about learning from vids.

    As to heel leads , not uncommon in some styles, and, there are occasions in salsa where a heel is used .
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