Your Favorite Salsa Moves

MacMoto

Active Member
#22
I'm another one who's partial to the good old CBL.
scorpionguy said:
I love doing variations with different hand placement and holds, and as SD mentioned it gives you a good idea how your partner will respond to you.
And it can tell us the follower a lot about the lead too... :wink:

I also like simple turn patterns where you can play with your eye contact (somehow going in and out of eye contact feels, to me at least, more sensual than gazing into the partner's eyes throughout a song) without getting flung around. I hate getting flung around (I know I should keep working on my balance and spinning technique, but... :( ).

Oh, and I love being dipped if the leader's good at it. With the right lead a simple dip can make you feel like a princess.
 
#23
My favorite patterns from the standard syllabus are Registrala and even just a simple La Media.

As far as variations, when I danced West Coast Swing, I put together a few of my favorite patterns into a nice combination that turns out to be great for Salsa too.
 
#24
I like the move where you turn the lady to the right with the right hand (567), loop her head with the hand you just turned her with (1), change hands and open for a reverse cross body lead (23), spin the lady 1.5 times as you execute the reverse cross body lead.

I like this move because it is a little different because of the turn with the right hand and the loop is also quite different than most (right hand to right hand), yet it is leadable.
 
#25
Maybe we should be posting videos of our favorite moves, because I have know idea what he just said. ;) Also, nobody would have understood me if I tried to explain the combination I put together.
 

SDsalsaguy

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Staff member
#28
It's funny you mention that move DM. I remember when I was first shown it I was so blown away and thought it was so complicated and dificult. Now I consider it just one step over basic... and worry that my partner will get bored if I catch myself using it more than a couple of time per dance! :shock: :oops:
 
#29
youngsta said:
I'm pretty sure I understood DM's description, but those syllabus names you dropped mean nothing to me! :lol:
Didn't you say that you learned in a Salsa studio? I know that some people learned from dancing at parties and family gatherings, but I think the step names are pretty standard at the studios. At least, they are standard in the Salsa studios here in Miami. I've gone to parties at many different studios and heard the same names called in the rueda.
 
#31
Neil said:
youngsta said:
I'm pretty sure I understood DM's description, but those syllabus names you dropped mean nothing to me! :lol:
Didn't you say that you learned in a Salsa studio? I know that some people learned from dancing at parties and family gatherings, but I think the step names are pretty standard at the studios. At least, they are standard in the Salsa studios here in Miami. I've gone to parties at many different studios and heard the same names called in the rueda.
those name mean nothing to me either, but most likely I will know them when I'm being lead into them.

Appearantly some of the 'standard syllabus' moves from Miami are somehow different to the moves from Cuba (which havn't been put into 'syllabus'). The basics would be the same but the rest do vary (while I am keeping in mind that there are 400+ moves :shock: ) eventhough they all share the same origin.

I've experienced this first hand.....(it's easier for me, as I am a follower; but I do feel sorry for the guys sometimes :roll: )
 
#33
DanceMentor said:
Is there any sort of listing for the syllabus you refer to that you use in Miami?
I've seen a few.

For example http://www.salsaracing.com/syllabus.asp

A lot of these moves are standard for casino rueda. But then, you can see different variations of these used in social dancing in an one on one situation. The naming might be different. For instance, in cuba you might call 'al cielo', which in Miami is 'Levantala'. La 'prima' becomes 'Adios con la hermana'. And the studios make up some of their own moves as well.
 
#34
Estella said:
My favourite move is a simple CBL! :lol:
It´s so easyyyy.... and could be so elegant.... or sexy... or funny... or....
:wink:
I´m a CBL fan also! There are so many different flavours and variations. :D It´s great.

When I was a beginner I did it to give me enough time to remember other moves. Now, I do it because I love it. It comes from the heart. I can´t imagine a salsa without at least one CBL. :wink: As some famous guy once said:

"All progress, all success springs from the cross-body lead."
- Thomas Edison
 
#35
Neil said:
youngsta said:
I'm pretty sure I understood DM's description, but those syllabus names you dropped mean nothing to me! :lol:
Didn't you say that you learned in a Salsa studio? I know that some people learned from dancing at parties and family gatherings, but I think the step names are pretty standard at the studios. At least, they are standard in the Salsa studios here in Miami. I've gone to parties at many different studios and heard the same names called in the rueda.
The naming convention is a bit wired. In NY City it seems that different schools have different names for the same moves. At times one school will pass a move as such then another school will use the same name for a completely different move. Despite a lot of moves having different names a lot of moves use the same names through different schools as well.

The funny thing is that, at least in my opinion, not many social dancers worry about what a move is called. We just learn it how to do it. That is, if we aren't teaching in a school where we need to follow teaching standards.

Welcome aboard Neil... :D :D :D
 
#36
Favorite Salsa Moves

For Me, I would have to say dips. I think dips are just so fun to do and they look really good! I like watching guys dance, it's so fun to see how they really get into a dance just like the woman :)
 

youngsta

Active Member
#38
borikensalsero said:
The funny thing is that, at least in my opinion, not many social dancers worry about what a move is called. We just learn it how to do it. That is, if we aren't teaching in a school where we need to follow teaching standards.
DINGDINGDINGDING!!!!
 
#39
borikensalsero said:
The funny thing is that, at least in my opinion, not many social dancers worry about what a move is called. We just learn it how to do it. That is, if we aren't teaching in a school where we need to follow teaching standards.
The difference is that in Casino Rueda, the moves need to at least follow a template because they involve different displacements within the circle and variations where everyone needs to collaborate to make the dance succesful. But even in rueda, different people have different hand calls, different names for stuff and even moves that you just make up. My cuban rueda partners will call a move differently than a miami rueda partner, and even the same moves will have styling variations in hand claps and spins.

New York and LA style dance is more partner focused. In a sense, only the lead needs to know what is coming next, and he is free to even make up moves on the spot, so the individual moves don't matter. You never see a person in the social dancefloor go 'wow, I've never seen the XBL with a twisting grapevine basic with a side shimmy done in a close position before'. After all, this is not pro-wrestling.
 
#40
DanceMentor said:
I like the move where you turn the lady to the right with the right hand (567), loop her head with the hand you just turned her with (1), change hands and open for a reverse cross body lead (23), spin the lady 1.5 times as you execute the reverse cross body lead..
I know what you are describing..no idea on the name though! I learnt that just this week and pretty much perfected it last night... I think its the best move I have learnt yet :D :D
I just kept doing it over and over with my teacher last night...the faster he got the more fun it became!

Oh I really love dancing!
 

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