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Latin Basic

The Latin basic is commonly used in Latin America, and is also the foundation piece of North American salsa, giving rise to the single right turn combinations. The Latin basic is taught here as a simple variation of the back basic, where the left leg steps forward instead of backward.

Verbal Cue:
Front–And–Close–Clap,–Back–And–Close–Clap

Prepare to start:
Stand with your weight on your right leg ready to move with your left.

Beat:
1. Take a step forward with your left leg, while your right foot stays in the same place (Remember to transfer your weight completely onto your left leg). Done to the verbal cue of "front".
2. Transfer your weight backward from your left leg onto your right leg. This is called a replace of weight, and is done to the verbal cue of "and".
3. Place your left foot close to your right and transfer your weight onto it.
4. Clap your hands once to mark the null beat.

Your weight should now be on your left leg ready to move with your right.

Repeating the process moving to the right,

Beat:
5. Take a step back with your right leg, while your left foot stays in the same place. (Remember to transfer your weight completely onto your right leg)
6. Transfer your weight from your right leg onto your left leg. (Replace of weight done to the cue of "and")
7. Place your right foot close to your left and transfer your weight onto it.
8. Clap your hands once to mark the null beat.

You are now where you began, with your weight on your right leg, ready to move with your left.

Comments:
If you want to practise this basic facing Shirin in the clip: Latin Basic, Dual Angle; you should start with your weight on your left leg ready to move with your right. In this basic the partners do not dance in mirror image; you should step back as Shirin steps forward, and step forward as she steps back.

 

 
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