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Salsa Dance Steps for Beginners

by Ryan Perez

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Salsa Dancing for Beginners
Lesson 1 – "Salsa Dance Steps for Beginners" by Ryan Perez
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What you'll learn in this course

Learn the classic salsa moves needed for a night on the town in these easy-to-follow salsa lessons with Ryan Perez. You’ll learn how to find the beat of the music, count off a basic 8-count step - and then progress to more challenging partner work and turns. Ryan will also cover body posture, styling, and movement so that you feel comfortable showing off your new moves on the dance floor. Each lesson includes diagrams for foot positioning and covers steps for both the lead and follow.

Salsa Dance Steps for Beginners
12 min
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Learn how to dance salsa - one step at a time! Take a dance class in the privacy of your home and learn the latin ballroom dance skills to impress.
  • Lesson Intro
  • Counting Steps
  • Exercise - 8-Count
  • The Lead - 1,2,3 ... 5,6,7
  • Exercise - Lead Steps
  • The Lead - All Together
  • The Follow
  • Exercise - Follow Steps
  • Steps to Music
  • Conclusion
  • Final Assignment
  • 5 step-by-step lessons to master what's important
  • 39 minutes of learning-packed video that isn't sleep-inducing
  • 13 exercises and 5 assignments with personalized teacher feedback
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  • Roy T: great start!
  • Mohammed M: Thanks, this has been very useful
  • Irene N: Thank you, I have two left feet but this seemed straight forward x
  • Heriberto M: Its very interesting
  • Rosa C: Awsome!!
  • Julia J: Very helpful. I am super uncoordinated and even I could follow along! Thanks!
  • Christine p: Your instruction is fantastic
  • Nicklas I: Great!
  • Sheryl F: Now to just get my brain, ears and feet to work in tandem. Lesson is great
  • Chris R: Most enjoyable and easy to follow. Thanks!
  • Tom A: Going to definity have to replay this lesson. lol
  • Raye J: Just brilliant. Clear and concise, I can now salsa easily around the kitchen!!
  • Cris L: Hey Ryan, I began taking salsa lessons several years ago, then got distracted, with life. I really love the dance. Your lesson is spot on, also like to compliment the camera and lighting work. Well done. Cris.
  • roberto l: Thank you for the first lesson!
  • Valerie N: Now I know how to salsa (basically)! Thank you!
  • Xiomara O: It was ok.
  • Jessica Q: Thank you so much! Really enjoyed it!!
  • Nani P: It was very held up
  • Toni Y: Thank you!
  • JOHN S: Really helpful, I'm a first time Salsa student and these are extremely useful. Thank you!
  • Kaushik C: Thanks a lot
  • Chris P: Thank you! Very informative
  • Sally J: A good clear introduction, thank you!
  • Sarah B: Just a tip for you. Keep your hands out of your pockets. It makes you look sorta bored. :)
  • K S: Thanks! This actually looks fun and not scary!
  • Rebecca D: Wonderful class will keep practicing.
  • Heidi D: Thank you so much! Very well spoken ! Wonderful lessons !
  • atul k: uiuyiityutyuytuytutyuytyutyutyutyuyt
  • Carol B: Thank you!
  • Ana H: Muy bien
  • Lilia R: Love it.
  • Bridget P: Thanks so much
  • lou-lou d: 4 and 8 are on the place, right? Like a rest count?
  • lou-lou d: 4 and 8 are on the place, right? Like a rest count
  • Louis L: Thanks appreciate the lessons
  • jennifer b: it's amazing how you teach i have seen other teachers but they confuse me but you are clear thank for making this lessons its ver much appreciated
  • Miriam V: This was helpful
  • Jaron H: This was great for someone who can't dance! Can't wait for you have next. Very, very helpful!
  • Christine C: Finally I am getting a grip on "da Salsa".... I am German and salsaing, yahoo! Thanx for showing step-by-step. Thank you Ryan!
  • Julie B: Looks easy. But I want to see the style cues.
  • Agusto V: Thankyou Ryan for techng us how to dance salsa in a very easy and explicit way...
  • Linda A: I was very happy you focused on your feet while demonstrating. Other videos I have tried put the focus on their face.
  • Jasbeer K: Very good lesson
  • Limary R: Thanks
  • Anna A: Thank you.
  • Marti V: Thanks very helpful.
  • Rodrigo H: Well done, thanks
  • Teresa M: It's a wonderful lesson, especially for a person with two "left legs" like me. Very easy to learn this way. Big thank you from Teresa!
  • Deborah S: the lesson was very easy to follow
  • shirley z: Wow, thank u so much. U made it simpler than I ever expected it to be.
  • Brenda M: Love it
  • Rosalinda A: You made it very easy.
  • Don James F: you are the best ,thank you for your good lesson. may God bless you.
  • I B: Fun!
  • Melody S: Very informative and you were both easy to follow with no confusion for someone like me that has never danced salsa! Thank you!
  • Mike M: Great lesson!
  • Jane B: Really fun lesson, will be back to try more
  • Marion P: Thank you. This was a great beginning to dancing. I'll be watching more.
  • Liora A: Nicely done!
  • Number 7: Bueno profe!
  • Jasmine E: Thx very usefull .. But make it more alive ... To not to be like a robot
  • Cindy H: Thankyou, you are an awesome teacher!
  • LYNN M: Great
  • Faraaz M: Well. Rome
  • Christine N: Great piece ! Will share it. Good examples.
  • Dilip P: Very simply put
  • Savita S: now I need to practice
  • Martha W: Even at 70 this looks like fun.
  • Evrem M: Hello ^^ thank you for the lessons.I' ve wanted to learn salsa for a while and it realy helps.Have a good day ^^
  • Carolyn L: Very clear lesson. Easy to follow. Thanks
  • Donnella P: I could never get the basic salsa steps in my Zumba class. Now I got them!! Thanks!
  • Cynthia V: First lesson was great! Not intimidating at all and very clear and concise directions. Thank you I will enjoy your future lessons!
  • sarah w: That was fun....thank you
  • Fabulously Artsy: Very clear and easy to understand. Thanks!
  • Hanna M: Really exciting with this lesson, thank you so much.
  • Alison C: Thanks for posting!! I appreciated that you did the steps from several angles. I think I'd probably have appreciated a few styling add-ons, for those who picked up on the moves a little more quickly. Keep teaching!
  • Elaine C: You make salsa dancing look like so much fun!
  • Daniel C: I wanna see more.
  • Haley R: the lesson is amazing!
  • Shea D: Thank you
  • Rowan H: Thank you!!
  • Joann M: Thank you so much for the lesson!!
  • Ama T: It was great how you broke it down I suck at dancing in general but you explained it really simply ... Great work
  • Monique G: Your lessons are great! Very simple, and thorough. Looking forward to taking your other lessons, Monique Gonzalez
  • Kathleen H: Very good so far. Easy to understand.
  • Jack H: Interesting!
  • Louisa C: Looks easy
  • Jack H: Thanks a lot!
  • Toni G: Hey even a grandma just learned! Thanks! You "salsa"!!!
  • Ramona M: Thanks for the lesson. You are great teachers
  • Erin C: Nice job explaining and showing the steps.. Easy to follow!
  • Val M: thanks for the lesson
  • Maria D: Really easy thank you!
  • Lauren O: That was great. So comprehensive and so much simpler than i imagined. Salsa seemed so i intimidating before! Thankksssss
  • Kristopher Z: The lead lessons and follow lessons should be separated
  • Ron B: Very good start
  • Wendy A: Great beginner lesson for Salsa!!! Thank you for sharing!
  • T G: Thank you for the lesson!
  • Emilee K: Amazing!
  • Nancy G: Very very helpful. Ty
  • Rosemarie H: Thank you, that was fun...will go and practice now but please recommend some appropriate music that will fit well with the beat of the Salsa dance
  • Van N: It's clever lesson. Thanks so much. It's so helpful. I'm looking forward to watching your new lesson.
  • art w: u guys were great.had fun! on fixed ( very fixed income-)-so am unable to tip u all---wish I could----but---will tell people how cool ur mini lesson was-----Art
  • Mayra L: looks easy and fun
  • Ruth R: Salsa!
  • Cesar D: Very informative
  • Katherine H: I think Ryan needs to feel more confident by taking his hands out of his pockets because I was more drawn to the fact that he had his hands in his pockets most of the time. Otherwise, the instructions were good.
  • Venisa B: Thank you! I enjoyed learning about the correct count, very clear, simple instruction.
  • Nestor D: Basic counting is BASIC! Foundational! Thanks
  • Katherine F: Thanks
  • Lia S: Good lessons
  • Deborah H: The lessons are fun and easy to follow. Ryan makes it possible for even people like me to dance! And I alway thought I couldn't dance before!
  • Rosemand Z: Thank you???
  • Huynh N: Thank you so much!
  • ronald k: where ae the printed steps 123...567 to augment the teachers so as not to fall behind. show me the footsteps also
  • Dixit G: You are amazing...
  • Jose O: Great way to teach salsa, smooth and detailed.
  • Sharon W: Very clear and learnable ????
  • Jo W: Dude you are an excellent instructor
  • Haider Q: Your lessons are really helpful , both of you rock
  • Idalia B: Thank you, I love it !!!
  • Anand I: Thank you Ryan, it was wonderful lesson.
  • Yami R: Thanks
  • LINDA M: Great way to learn the basics! Explained really well! Loved seeing the red footprints also! Looking forward to learning more! Thank you so much!
  • Mike H: Great lesson, easy steps to follow.
  • Diane F: I am visually impaired and these lessons were described very well now I need to learn to move quickly to the beat of the music thank you
  • Terri W: Thanks! Looks like even a retired person could learn this :).
  • Richard A: Helpful and precise gracias
  • Evelyn L: Good teacher, I do believe I am learning to Salsa properly!
  • Amir A: you are amazing...
  • Kerri S: Great teaching Ryan and Nicole. my husband and I are learning as a surprise for our son at his wedding in April. Your explanation can help us learn whilst at home. Woohoo.
  • Oscar C: Thanks guys ????
  • Jayne A: Thanks for making it so easy to follow !
  • Steve P: Many years ago I wanted to be a Professional Dancer. My partner was killed in an accident. I have now just begun to take lessons again with a partner. Ago it was Ballet to and old form of street dance. After watching your video, I found this to be a simple way to learn the Salsa. I hope the rhythm comes back and the heart felt love for dance.
  • Diane H: Great job teaching - very clear and interesting. Thanks.
  • Philomena N: Really fun and informative. Thank you.
  • Rita U: Great lesson for beginners. The teachers in this video took their time to teach basic steps to salsa.
  • Hanadi S: Thank you this is the first time i tried to dance salsa
  • Alex R: Ryan and Nicole were superb teachers, and very professional.
  • Tina K: Very clear instructions. Salsa is so much fun and this breakdown really is helpful.
  • Vivienne T: Excellent-had great fun doing this at my desk!
  • Rekha B: Thank you. Never knew its so easy to start:):) lots of love. Rekha
  • Thatcha : very easy to understand and follow
  • Janie W: I had tried to learn to dance 6 yrs ago but my partner was. Professional Al and could not teach me . He would become too angry with me but was very patient with his students . I enjoyed . Very god class . Thankyou
  • Rekha B: Thank you so much. Never knew its so easy to start. Thanks for doing that.
  • angel p: loved this lesson!
  • Jan P: Good instructors!
  • Gary L: Easy to understand and start, now I need to download some Salsa music. Thanks!
  • Robyn J: So fun! I can't wait to embarrass myself, no really, now I can say I know the salsa. Great lesson!
  • Argie M: U have made very easy to learn d basic steps and 8counting beat
  • Kira Elste: Quite enjoyed the foot position graphics. Well done!
  • Daphne C: This gringa appreciated the lesson
  • Sakeena A: Awesome!!
  • Sari P: Very simple..thanks!
  • Sari P: Thanks
  • Joanne B: Last time I tried to salsa I thought it was a version of disco. Not so! No wonder I felt like a fool!
  • D c: Nice
  • Buddy A: Very good never had nerve to try salsa u make it easy
  • Judy d: ThAnk very helpful
  • Denise W: Very good basic instructions, but there was a video lag on The Follow instructions.
  • Susan A: Great job breaking it down for beginners. Clapping the beat out is helpful as well as showing multiple angles. Enjoyed your class.
  • Fé Sacks S: I have been trying to learn Salsa for a very long time, and you are the best teacher I've seen. I think I may actually get it this time. Gracias
  • Jallal W: I had a really great time, still in the dancing mood. Thanks so much.
  • Frederick W: Never knew that salsa could be this easy . Thank you
  • lorie K: Thanks for such good instruction
  • Jeannette P: Ryan and Nicole great lesson I will be back
  • Denise G: I'm excited to learn how to dance salsa. Thanks to the both of you.
  • Seyed Ahmad M: Thanks dear teachers and curious crew for bringing this app to life... This is awesome ????????
  • Andrea L: thanks?
  • Hillary D: :-) Very nice & thorough. Good teaching skills.
  • Maria A: Great way of explaining everything
  • محمود ا: Wonderfull thanks alot
  • Ranah E: Nice job, easy to understand!
  • Jeanine B: Very interested!
  • Jorge B: you made very easy to learn
  • Marilyn N: Thanks it
  • Silvia S: Thank you! Great lesson, it was really easy to understand!
  • Sue W: Great lesson, thank you
  • Mary K: Very clear instructions, I did very well for a first time Salsa dancer.
  • Mashhoor A: Helpful
  • Lupita P: I really liked this video. You took your time explaining every step.
  • Nelson S: Great lesson, you guys made it easy to count. thanks much
  • Tanya P: Very detailed method of teaching. Easy to follow
  • Srinivasa S: I'm a beginner and the way how you have one eyed this together this is really good and I'm able the understand this in a much quicker manner. Thank you for all your time and good work
  • Patricia T: I love the way you explained the timing and the rest steps really clearly and covered that properly before going into the steps themselves. I also liked the way you explained the change of weight and the rocking motion.
  • Karen H: You make it look so easy
  • Patricia T: I loved the way you broke it down by covering first the timing and the rest steps, and then the change of weight and the rocking motion.
  • Yusif Yayah K: thanks for the beginners lesson 1
  • Gwen F: For me, the lesson felt too slow. However, my boyfriend found it to be just right.
  • Zarina E: Just love how you explain the steps thank you so much!
  • Maria M: I enjoy the lesson, thanks.
  • Jasna B: Thanks for the great lesson !!!!
  • Cma P: Thnk u ???? my first time! U made learning it so simple..
  • Rebekah P: I feel so awkward but I will practice. Showing the steps from all angles really helps!
  • Linda W: Great instructions - thanks so much!
  • Vidan M: for me, the girl is a little bit too fast in explaining but that's not a really big deal. great job great teacher
  • Carmen D: This is a great app!
  • Diana O: Very good start of Salsa Lessons.... I enjoyed it very much. Thanks for your teaching!
  • Joel L: Been very helpful
  • Pedro A: Good lesson
  • Lois D: Hi, great little lesson, but what would be helpful to a person with 2 left feet is if you demonstrated more facing the back, or having your assistant do so. It can be very difficult if you are dyslexic or have a learning disability. But we still love to dance. In other words if I face you I can't follow you. Thanks Lulu
  • Mindy S: I love the way you've broken the steps down, it makes it so easy to learn.
  • Judy M: Thanks for breaking it down to such a basic level. Even if I never do salsa dancing myself, it enriches viewing experiences when I know what to be looking for.
  • Nicole L: I have taken some beginner salsa lessons and I have just learned something new from you. These appear to be really great lessons and easy to follow. Thank you for sharing!
  • K S: You guys did an awesome lesson! I loved it !
  • ethel c: Thanks for the beginning lesson, can't wait to learn some styling.
  • Cheryl L: I am anxious to show this lesson to my 8 year old granddaughter!
  • Tbone W: Very simple and easy to use. The fact I don't want goon a dance without some sort of information this helps
  • Bonne B: do you have a DVD set for your lessons?
  • BVR M: Good job.
  • Remar E: Hi! Great tutorial! Best of luck to you guys.
  • Not B: Great simple to follow lesson! Thank you for sharing.
  • Yen T: Thank you, it's very helpful for me.
  • Katie P: Great tool in my beginning dance class. This lesson gave me a great edge!
  • Joyce f: Really clear teaching, never thought I could learn dance!!