How To Salsa Dance: Cuban Motion

How To Salsa Dance: Cuban Motion

In salsa, it is not so much what you do, but how you do it - and learning the Cuban motion is a huge part of this. Professional dance pair Michael Kuka and Natalia Lind will share some tips about how to master salsa's Cuban motion.

The Cuban motion creates a large part of the look and feel of the salsa dancing. Most of this motion is derived from how the dancer settles his or her weight with regard to their hips. Some dancers compare this action to waiting for a bus, when you get tired and bend one knee, put all your weight on the other foot and then flip the weight to the other foot. This raises the hip of the straightened leg to that of the leg with the bent knee. Alternating this action, while at the same time criss-crossing your knees, or bending each knee at such an angle as it will do so over the opposite knee, constitutes the basics of the Cuban motion. Other tips include keeping your toes open, so your feet form that shape of a "V" with the heels touching, and using the inside edges of your feet when you put weight on each foot. The arms stay up and above the waist and bent inwards and move in relation to the alternating and rotating hip action.