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I've been teaching ladies and couples just like you to dance in the Birmingham, Al. area for over 10 years. Whatever your couple dancing needs, I can help.

Salsa Basic A and B

Here's a little video showing the basics of Salsa. The back-and-forth basic (basic A) is the staple basic move of many styles of salsa, including L.A. style and N.Y. style. It is characterized by direct movement, and works well in small spaces. Basic B, or the back basic (sometimes referred to by ballroom dancers as the 5th position break) is indicitave of many South American and Carribbean native styles of salsa. This one, although not demonstrated this way in the video, can move in a very flexible way, and is also associated with similar dances, like Cumbia.

How to Dance Your Arms in Salsa

In this post, I discuss basic Salsa arm movement, and how the arm movement relates to the movement of the body. Key concepts include allowing the arms to float, dancing the arms with the sides of the body, and keeping the arms and hands from crossing over the mid-line of the body.

Salsa Hip Action and Three Types of Cuban Motion

In this short video lesson I cover basic concepts of hip action and body rhythm for Salsa and other latin dances, apply these concepts to Salsa basic steps, and establish the 3 fundamental types of body rhythm, or "Cuban Motion". Key concepts include basic body mechanics, footwork, leg action, and the imagery of "Squashing Grapes" to describe and conceptualize the synergy of these techniques. Varying amounts of these techniques are used to produce and styllize the Salsa hip action, as well as hip actions in other Latin American or rhythm dance styles.