How To Salsa Dance: The Basic Step

How To Salsa Dance: The Basic Step

The basic step is a key element in basic salsa dancing. It is a combination of forward and backwards rock steps, Professional dance instructors and award-winning competitive dancers Michael Kuka and Natalia Lind will show you how to do this elemental salsa step.

Step 1: Forward Break

The basic salsa step is a combination of the forward break (or forward rock step) and the back break (or back rock step). For the forward break, start by placing your feet together with equal weight on both. Now move your left foot forward about a foot or two, placing your weight on this foot. Next, keeping both feet where they are, replace your weight to your right foot.



Now bring your left foot back to its original position next to your right foot. Repeat this now in the reverse, starting by moving your right foot forward, replacing the weight, and bringing it back together with the left foot.

Step 2: Back Break

For the back break, start by moving your left foot backward about a foot or two, placing your weight on this foot. Next, keeping both feet where they are, replace your weight on your right foot. Now bring your left foot back to its original position next to your right foot.

Repeat this now in the reverse, starting by moving your right foot back, replacing the weight, and bringing it back together with your left foot.

Step 3: Timing

It is four-four timing. So we have four beats to the bar. And the way we are going to count this is, we are going to say, "One, two, three, hold four, five, six, seven, hold eight." Or we can say, "One, two, three, five, six, seven. One, two, three, five, six, seven." So the four and the eight are still there; we are just no saying them.

Step 4: Natural Opposites

The leader (usually male) will start off with his left foot. The follower (usually female) will do the natural opposite, so she will start with her right foot.