wikiHow to Do Salsa Turns

Two Methods:Salsa Right Turn for MenSalsa Right Turn for Ladies

Salsa may look hard and sophisticated, but when it comes down to it, it just involves a simple basic step and basic turns. Here are some easy instructions on getting down the basic right turn in L.A. style salsa (salsa on 1). While there is also a left turn, right turns are much more common and are easy to do.

Method 1
Salsa Right Turn for Men

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    Step forward on left foot on count 1.
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    Keeping your feet on the ground, slide your feet to the right so that you are facing the opposite direction, shifting your weight to your right leg on count 2.
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    Spin around on your right foot to face the front again, completing the turn.
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    Pause with your feet centered on count 4.
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    Step back on your right foot for count 5.
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    Step in place with your left foot on 6.
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    Bring your right foot back to center on count 7 (so that your feet are together again).
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    Pause on count 8.

Method 2
Salsa Right Turn for Ladies

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    Step back on your right foot on count 1.
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    Step in place with the left foot on count 2.
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    Bring your feet back together on count 3.
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    Pause on count 4.
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    Step forward on your left foot on count 5.
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    Pivot onto your right foot on count 6 (keeping feet on the ground, just turn your toes to face the wall behind you).
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    Spin on your right foot on count 7 to face the front.
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    Pause with your feet together on count 8.

Tips

  • You should stay off of your heels and dance on the balls of your feet the whole time.
  • Men: If you are executing your turn with a partner, merely lift up your left hand on count 1, then go into your turn.
  • Every time you do a right turn in salsa, you will step back on your right foot after you have turned.
  • Dancing in socks or with shoes with smooth bottoms makes turning much easier. Athletic shoes are difficult to turn in because of the rubber soles.
  • Keep your head up!
  • Men: If you want your partner to turn, lower your hand on count 1 then up on count 3 so that your hand is at the top of your partner's head. That is her cue to begin her turn -- she will then step forward on count 5 then turn on 6 and 7. Everyone pauses on 8.

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