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Salsa LA Beginner

You will learn basic steps, turns and leading techniques combined into easy figures for Salsa LA.

The Los Angeles Salsa Style (LA style) is danced strictly on 1, in a slot \ line, using elements of various North American and stage dances. This helps prevent dancers from hitting other couples on a crowded dance floor. It is strongly influenced by the Latin Hustle, Swing, Argentine Tango, Mambo dancers from Mexico and Latin Ballroom dancing styles. LA style places strong emphasis on sensuousness, theatricality and acrobatics. The lifts, stunts and aerial works of today’s salsa shows are derived mostly from LA style forms with origins in Latin Ballroom and Ballet lifts.

The two essential elements of this dance are the forward–backward basic step and the cross-body lead. In this pattern, the leader steps forward on 1, steps to the right on 2-3 while turning 90 degrees counter-clockwise (facing to the left), leaving the slot open. The follower then steps straight forward on 5-6 and turns on 7-8, while the leader makes another 90 degrees counter-clockwise and slightly forward, coming back into the slot. After these 8 counts, the leader and follower have exchanged their positions.

Next Courses

The duration of the Salsa LA beginner courses is 2 months. You can start one of the following courses after prior registration:

Th | 18:00 – 19:00 | 07. February 2019 (8x 1h)
Th | 18:00 – 19:00 | 04. April 2019 (8x 1h)
Th | 18:00 – 19:00 | 06. June 2019 (8x 1h)

Course Content

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