A Taste Of Salsa

The main components of dance

(Flexibility): In almost every form of dance, a dancr must move properly. This is most over with precision and elegance. To be able to do certain moves (leaps, stretches, splits, turns, ect.), a person must be able to easily move their body in the ways required without harming themself. By being flexible, a dancer is easily able to do so, thus helping them with perfecting their dance technique and the overall effect and look of the actual dance.

It is all about the core of your body where all your balance comes from. Staying balanced isn't a matter of staying rigidly in one spot. Balance is found by continually shifting the body to make subtle adjustments. Dancing requires quick changes in positioning of the body, especially in the feet, ankles, knees and hips. Because the eyes are not fixated on a single point, good balance is necessary to make smooth, complete moves.

(Co ordination): This is an important movement skill for the dancer to acquire as, where would the dancer be if she could not co-ordinate specific muscle contractions and release when performing movements. Co ordiantion is something that we are born with and some people are naturally more
co-ordinated than others. It can however be improved with practice.

Stamina is very important in dance as dance is a highly fatigue activity and stamina is needed to prolong your capability. So basically you need stamina to last longer during tiring activities.

(Muscular strenght):
Supplemental strength training can lead to better dancing and reduced incidents of dance injuries without interfering with key artistic and aesthetic requirements.

(Muscular endurance): It gives you the strength to hold a movement or position for a period of time.

Ability to move and change direction and position of the body quickly and effectively while under control.

In dance, timing refers to moving with the beats of the music. However, having perfect timing means more than performing basic steps perfectly with music beats. It's not difficult to move with the beats, but it takes lots of practice to teach your mind and body how to actually feel the beats of the music. Perfect timing is being able to "let go" and allow yourself to express your feelings through your movements, instead of trying to keep count of the beats in your head.


(Also your expression and emotion)

Lead and Follow

In Partner dancing, the two dance partners are never equal. In order for the partnership to work the Lead is responsible for choosing appropriate steps to suit the music (if it is an improvised dance), and leading the Follow by hand pressure and signals to complete the chosen steps smoothly and safely. If the dance is a set (pre-choreographed) routine, the Lead is still responsible for initiating each move, which ensures smooth coordination between the two dancers.


Connection is essential to all partner dancing and is the primary means to communicate synchronized dance movement between the lead and follow. It is especially important in Salsa and other styles of partner dance.

Connection can be used to transmit power and energy as well as information and signals - some dance forms (and some dancers) are at one extreme of pure power, and others will be at the other extreme of pure signaling, but most are probably a mixture of both.

Weight transfer or weight change

A weight transfer or weight change is dancer's movement so that his/her weight is moved from one supporting foot (or supporting limb/body part) to another one fully or partially. Walking
, for example, involves shifting of the body's weight from one foot to another, so freeing the first so that it may be lifted and moved forward. This process is a 'natural' movement in humans and other animals, but is in effect a complex process of biomechanics.

Control of weight transfers is an important part of the partner dance technique. In general, important components of foot action during a dance step are foot movement, foot placement, and weight transfer.


Is a technique used by dancers during the execution of various dance turns. The goal of spotting is to attain a constant orientation of the dancer's head and eyes, to the extent possible, in order to enhance the dancer's control and prevent dizziness.

Spotting is advantageous for dancers in several ways:

  • It prevents dizziness by providing a fixed focus for the eyes.
  • The fixed focus also helps the dancer control balance.
  • It helps the dancer control the direction of travel during traveling turns
In some cases multiple spots may be used during a turn. For example, during a
Salsacross-body lead with inside turn, the lady spots away from her partner to control travel and then spots on her partner to control the stop of rotation.

Dance Technique

In order to improve your ability to dance and perform at any dance style you must improve your technique. Regular practice of any movement through warm up and dance classes will help improve technique.