Latin Lesson Notes

Latin General

  • Weight more forward: basic, Rumba cucaracha, when finishing back in closed position.

Cha Cha Cha

  • Shoulder opposition, squeeze side.

  • Hand: should not move randomly.

  • Turns: wind up first, then turn shoulder, spot head, lengthen spine, use core.

  • From Fan position: 2 - settle right away, RH has pull tension with Man.



    • Push and pull, right amount of tone without being too soft or stiff

    • Keep wrist flat, not twisted up.

    • Keep arm at waist level

Finish Hip at each step, don't cut short and skip.

Open Basic (One hand hold):

    • Start with settling on Lady's RF, which will be pushing into Man's hand, just enough pressure which comes from settling, not artificially created.

    • RF back rock on 2: R hip settling creates the pull with partner (keep hand at same place)

Forward Walk Turn:

    • 23: 3 RF forward and slightly cross LF. One style: turn earlier on 3, leaving & to settle hip after turning. The other style: turn on &, sharp.

    • After turning, make sure to settle into R hip first, which creates push pressure with Man, then LF back.

Open Hip Twist:

    • 41 after turning, settle R hip, which creates pull with Man.

    • 2341: use Forward Walk Turn technique.

Opening Out Left and Right:

    • Forward Walk Turn, small step. Don't dip outside shoulder, contra twist upper body, present leg and side.

    • Could have slow or sharp/quick dynamic.


    • In general, weight more forward.

    • Stationary Samba Walk: 1a2: on 2 front foot slide back on flat foot. Weight forward, arms breathe.

    • Volta:

      • Fast crossing feet, straight legs, front foot turned out.

      • Frame, R arm/elbow not out, not in. down/out angle, toned, not flopping elbow while doing multiple voltas.

    • Cruzado Walks: foot forward step on the line or a bit cross the line.

    • Promenade Runs: 2: look at partner, shoulder parallel with partner, before opening.