OK, please pardon the extreme stupidity of this question. My only excuse is that I'm starting my second month of Salsa tonight (this is ignoring previous Salsa instruction from about 4 years ago, a few months of intermediate followed by a few months of beginning). Just what are shines? I know that it's when the couple breaks away and each dances on his/her own. I know it's meant for individual expression and for showing off. But just what are they? In warm-up at the beginning of class, we do the basic step, and the turns, and cumbias, and cucarachas, and forward and back breaks, and hook turns, and box steps, etc. Are shines basically just combinations of those? Such that you make up a shine by stringing together those steps? OK, you may add some body stuff (arm styling, shoulder stuff, etc) -- in fact, that should be where the artistry of the shine is -- , but basically you're just piecing these steps etc together to create a shine. Right? Curious gringos want to know.