Note! These are notes from dance classes prior to 2004. They are archived here for occasional reference.
See also: Ballroom Salsa
, Club Salsa
, Salsa shines and styling
, Salsa routines
, Rueda de Casino
Walk around circle in closed position
Walk backwards (clockwise) around circle
Start with man's left to inside of circle, in closed
QQ, cuban break left, lead lady to step to my right, QT
S. LF cross, bring lady back to face me.
QQ. Cuban break right, lead lady to step to my left, QT left
S. RF cross.
Like Paulista's in Samba
From Pa'abajo, instead of having lady break to my left, lead her
into an outside turn.
Two exhibela's, then on the third, man's turn.
In closed position, facing counterclockwise, lean into circle on
1, tapping RF, and lean out of circle on 5, tapping left foot.
From Pa'arriba, man walks under lady's left arm to next lady.
Same as Taro, but skip lady in front of you and go on to next lady
Hand signal: closed fist pumping up and down like sounding a
Lead partner into inside turn to my right, so we change
Duck under her RH, and go on to next lady LOD
Peekaboo, then enchufle
Three enchufles in a row, clapping the number of enchufles
already done as you pick up the next lady
Enchufle, with leader's left turn on 567
Start with enchufle, on 7, take her RH with my RH, and place it
at my waist, then walk around each other clockwise for one measure,
and then continue on to next lady
Enchufle, kissing lady's hand on 7
Start with Enchufla
Move past partner, but don't pick up next lady, instead, go to
center, clapping on 1 and 2, stepping out of the circle on 567.
Facing partner, man's right shoulder to inside of circle, right
to right hold.
123, lead lady into change of places with hammerlock, and take
left to left.
567, lead lady back to where she started, now in left arm
123, change of places again, under her right arm.
567, open break, don't let go.
Comb her with right, me with left, cross body lead.
Start like El Uno
123, R2R, change of places with lady's RH hammerlock, take lady's
567, change back, to lady's LH hammerlock.
123, change of places, under right arm.
567, man steps across lady, stepping in to face into circle,
releasing her left hand and then picking it up again after going
123, turkish towel to the left.
567, man goes under his right arm, to face lady again.
Continue with sombrero.
Facing into the circle, partner to my left, holding LH to RH
LF back break
QT left, RF to center, pattycake with RH, then back to starting
Basic, stamping foot on 5
Pista, yelling on 5
Stomp on 5, shake hips for one measure, and then stomp on 5 again
twist on 1,2,3
Hand Signal: wave bye-bye
Backspot turn, ducking under lady's left arm on 7, and move on to
next lady counterclockwise
Hand Signal: wave goodbye, then cup your breast
180deg back spot turn with left arm extended.
as soon as leaders face center, lift ladies right arm and step
towards center then turn to the left whipping around to face your
Leaders backs are to center, look at your partner.
Pulse her and bring her to the center passing in front you and
under your left arm, at the same time leaders switch positions so
now they face center and ladies face them.
Next pull the ladies out of center and directly (not under an
arm) to leaders right side catching with the right arm on her
back. Ready for the cross body lead.
Adios with man's left turn on 567
Hand signal: palm facing in, curl and uncurl fingers
Basic, on 7 turn to face lady on my right.
If dame is called before I turn back on cross body lead to face
partner, I let go after first half of cross body lead, and go on to
the next lady.
Same as dame, but skip one lady
Cross body lead.
R2R over L2L, lead lady into outside turn past me on my right,
comb myself with LH, and squat, so lady can sit on my right knee,
and we both point to center like we are watching TV.
After Dilequeno, R2R over L2L, lead traveling outside turn with
lady on inside of circle, then comb lady with RH and myself with LH,
and lead her into cross-body lead
2 Hand hold, man facing clockwise.
5. both feet hop in right up to partner
7. Both feet hop back.
1. Bump butts with person behind me.
3. Hop up close to partner.
5. Stomp RF in center, and go back to guapea.
on 123, jump right up to each other, with man's right leg between
lady's legs, and go down and up again, optionally grinding against
Finger points at eye
Like spin whip, letting go of follower's hand, and then into XBL
Same as vacilala, with man's hook turn on 5
Lady's right turn into hammerlock
Change of places (this unwinds lady)
Man's wrap, with man turning left for change of places again
Change of places to XBL
Start facing partner to my left.
Open break to hammerlock turn, stepping past lady on 3
Lady continues around my back, while I do a jazz box to right,
kind of like Around the World in 2-Step.
567, Lady's outside turn, directly into guapea.
Lady's half inside turn to cuddle.
Lead her back to opposite me, keeping LH on her shoulder, so that
she is in a neck wrap.
Lady's inside turn to change of places, going under my right arm,
so we end up in double crossed hold.
Man's hook turn under my left arm, end up with hairbrush into
cross body lead.
Facing partner on left.
Change of places to cuddle, repeat twice.
Ladies 2-hand inside turn with change of places, with man's hook
turn to wrap, end up facing away from lady, clockwise to circle.
Switch hands to R2R and L2L, and start going around circle
clockwise with cuban breaks, looks like a conga line.
Start with everyone facing clockwise.
On 567, man's half turn left, go into P'Arriba
Everyone holds hands, with men entering the circle on 1, and
ladies entering on 5
Men duck into the circle on one, with hands down and together,
and on 5, stand up, raise hands, and do a back stroke stepping out
of the circle.
Women do the same thing, switching roles on 1 and 5
Like El Flor, but men hold hands with the other men, and ladies
with the other ladies. Stepping forward, allow passing body of other
gender to break hold.
With everyone holding hands around circle, lead peekaboo
Variation of Botella, on 5, leaders hairbrush with right hand
to end, when dame is called, hairbrush goes right into dilequeno
Start facing center of circle, no holding hands.
On 123, leader does jazz box to right, moving past lady on right,
lady does back basic.
on 567, lady does jazz box to right, past man, and man does back
Do this twice, and then, on 123, man does right pivot turn,
clapping on 1 and 2, lady does this on 567.
Leaders clasp arms behind women
From engancien, leaders bend down to form a seat for the ladies,
and lift them up
Put the ladies down. Usually followed with a coca cola