May 2005 Intermediate Class

At one point last night I was talking about weight distribution during a basic Salsa step. I hope I didn't confuse anyone too much.  Please let me explain a little more:

I stated that, at least during Merengue, the weight should be at least about 80% on the opposite foot that you just stepped on, and that this is the essence of "contra-body motion' which is fundamental to dancing with "latin styling."

Upon further thought, I still stand behind exactly what I said, however: during a salsa basic there are some additional things going on which make this weight distribution a bit less obvious.  First of all, this weight distribution applies to the instant you step down (or if you were to step down and then stop).  However, in Salsa as soon as you take a step, you immediately are transitioning into the next step and you do that by shifting your weight onto the foot you had just stepped on, so it's easy to think that you put you weight on the foot you just stepped on -- you actually do put your weight on the foot you just stepped on, but you do that as part of taking your next step, not as part of taking the step you just made!

The second thing is that since you are moving forward and backward the weight distribution gets redistributed somewhat as well. In Merengue (dancing in place) there is no moving back and forth so the weight distribution isn't affected.

During the last (5th) week of June, am I planning to have a special workshop on Latin Body motion and I'll be explaining all of this is much more detail, and hopefully then you might know what the heck I am talking about!


There are at least two ways to do this:
  1. on7: 1/4 turn to the left. on1: half turn to L. on2: half turn to L placing R foot in position for XB. on3: get into cross body lead position
  2. on7: 1/4 turn to the left. on1: spin on L foot 3/4 tun to L and forward breaking as usual
I called this "Invisible Lead".  Remember that the woman should position their back so that there is always a solid connection between the man's right hand and the woman's back.  The woman, should be always "searching" for the man's hand around her back.
simply combine the on3 right turn with the on6 right turn and you can make it a double turn. When you get good at this, you can try leaving out touching your left foot down on5 and make it two spins all on the right foot.

Routine for May 2005