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Intro to Salsa: The Cross-Body Lead

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  • Type: Video Tutorial
  • Length: 8:11
  • Media: Video/mp4
  • Use: Watch Online & Download
  • Access Period: Unrestricted
  • Download: MP4 (iPod compatible)
  • Size: 29 MB
  • Posted: 02/19/2009

This lesson is part of the following series:

Intro to Salsa Dance: On1 and On2 Steps and Turns (8 lessons, $6.93)

In this lesson you will learn one of the most fundamental patterns in Salsa: the Cross-Body Lead. In this salsa move, the leader will guide the follower from one side of the slot to the other by opening up on a 90 degree angle to the left and leading the follower across the slot on a straight line.

To learn the cross body lead, you only need to know the basic step in Salsa dancing and understand the mechanics of leading with the upper body in closed position.

Intro to Salsa Dancing: The Cross Body lead explains both the leader’s footwork as well as the ladies footwork. This lesson includes demonstrations in the 2 most popular dance styles: On1 (aka “L.A. Style”) and On2 (aka "New York Style"). In the L.A style, the leader breaks forward with his left foot on the first beat of the measure while the follower breaks back with her right foot. In the New York style, the follower breaks forward with her left foot on the second beat of the measure while the leader breaks back with his right foot.

Whether you are new to Salsa dancing or a seasoned pro, this lesson will explain how to execute the cross body lead pattern tremendously.

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About this Author

Carlos Leon
Carlos Leon
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12/09/2008

Carlos & Azucena have made a name in the International Salsa scene as performers, instructors and competitors. They have won several titles including 4-time Texas Salsa Open Champions, 3rd place at the 2008 World Salsa Championships in the team division, and finalists at the 2005 World Salsa Championships. They have also been featured in ESPN, The Cristina Show (Univision), American Latino TV, and "Que Pasa Austin", among others.
Visit their website at http://www.JazzyDanceCo.com/ to find out more about their subscription-based online Salsa lessons and other products for Salsa dancers.

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Recent Reviews

Nopic_tan
Purrrrfect!
07/02/2009
~ brittanie

You guys are so talented! This video really helps me a lot with my salsa dance moves. I love that there are online video tutorials for dance. Just what I was searching for!

Nopic_tan
Purrrrfect!
07/02/2009
~ brittanie

You guys are so talented! This video really helps me a lot with my salsa dance moves. I love that there are online video tutorials for dance. Just what I was searching for!

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