Salsa (legal move combinations)

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This is a list of what moves are legal after each particular move. Every step that is considered to be of difficulty level 1 is numbered between 1-10. Every step that is considered to be of difficulty level 2 is numbered between 11-20. Every step that is considered to be of difficulty level 3 is numbered between 21-30.

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Legal moves after "Basic"

(Level 1 move).

Basic: Leader goes forward with his left foot on 1, and back on 4. Follower goes backward with her right foot on 1, and forward on 4.

Example (Start from 00:31).
Hand signal

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Legal moves after Basic:

  • 1. Basic
  • 2. Basic on 1-2-3 and then the follower turns clockwise.
  • 3. Basic on 1-2-3 and then the follower turns counter-clockwise.
  • 4. Basic on 1-2-3 and then the leader turns clockwise.
  • 5. Basic on 1-2-3 and then the leader turns counter-clockwise.
  • 6. Cross body lead
  • 7. Open break
  • 8. Backscratch

Legal moves after "Dubbelturn"

Legal moves after "Backscratch"

Backscratch: Basic on 1-2-3 and then the follower turns clockwise. The leader turns 180 degrees counter-clockwise on 7, placing the followers right hand on his right shoulder with his left hand. Then he lets the hand scratch his back, catching it with his right hand next to his bottom.

Example (Start from 04:45).

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Legal moves after Backscratch:

Legal moves after "Spear titanic"

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Spear titanic: This move is called "Titanic" as a reference to the scene depicted on the right from the movie with the same name.

Example (Start from 00:31).

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Legal moves after Spear titanic:









Legal moves after "Spear titanic with release"

Legal moves after "Spear titanic with woman whiplash"

Legal moves after "Spear titanic with woman jojo"

Legal moves after "Dragon kick"

Legal moves after "Coca cola light"

Legal moves after "Coca cola dubbel"

Legal moves after "Coca cola"

Legal moves after "Change cross right"

Woman turns right with both hands over her head so the hands ends up being crossed the other way.

Legal moves after "Change cross left"

Woman turns left with both hands over her head so the hands ends up being crossed the other way.

Legal moves after "Right cross body lead with 540 turn, right hand to right hand"

This is a cross body lead where the woman is turning right (clockwise). While she is turning the man holds her right hand with his right hand above her head.

Option 1: Man takes womans left hand with his left hand above the right hands.

  • 1. Hug
  • 2. Stop woman with mans right hand on her right shoulder.
  • 3. Flower power titanic.

Option 2: Man takes womans left hand with his left hand under the right hands.

  • 1. Spear titanic with left turn, left to left hand.
  • 2. Spear titanic with woman whiplash.
  • 3. Spear titanic with woman jojo.

Legal moves after "Right cross body lead with 540 turn, left hand to left hand"

This is a cross body lead where the woman is turning right (clockwise). While she is turning the man holds her left hand with his left hand above her head.

Legal moves after "Back to back"

  1. Back to back

Legal moves after "Rumba"

  • 1. Rumba
  • 10. Titanic
  • 11. Dragon kick
  • 20. Super Titanic
  • 21. Super Dragon kick

Legal moves after "Left cross body lead"

This is a cross body lead where the woman is turning left (counter clockwise)

  1. Basic
  2. Left cross body lead
  3. Right cross body lead
  4. Open break

Legal moves after "Right cross body lead"

This is a cross body lead where the woman is turning right (clockwise)

  1. Basic
  2. Left cross body lead
  3. Right cross body lead
  4. Open break

Legal moves after "Closed position"

Closed position: This is almost always the first move you do in Salsa. Leader faces follower with left hand to left hand, and right hand behind her shoulder.

Example (Start from 01:18 and end on 01:22).

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Legal moves after Closed position:

  • 1. Let go of closed position. Leader lets go with right hand, female lets go with left hand.
  • 2. Open break
  • 3. Basic on 1-2-3, and then leader turns follower clockwise, with leaders left hand to followers right hand.
  • 4. Basic turn 1

Legal moves after "Open position"

  1. Basic on 1-2-3, and then leader turns follower clockwise, with leaders right hand to followers left hand.
  2. Open break

Legal moves after "Open break"

  1. Follower makes right turn (clockwise)

Legal moves after "Open break with hugturn"

Start with Open break. Then leader stretches his left arm to the left and goes with his chest to her chest, all on 1-2-3. When on 3, the leaders right hand now holds the followers shoulder just like it is held in the closed position. Then both rotate clockwise together on 5-6-7.

Legal moves after "Setenta"

Setenta means "70" in Spanish.

Legal moves after "Karusell"

Legal moves after "Coca without letting go"

Legal moves after "Pepsi spiral"

Legal moves after "Crazy"

To make the crazy move nicer you should first do a "cross body lead left".

Legal moves after "Basic turn 1"

Start with Basic on 1-2-3, leader lifts followers right hand with his left hand on 4. Woman starts turning clockwise on 5.

Legal moves after "Swap positions 1"

Start with Open break. Keep holding both hands. Pass the follower with your right shoulder to her right shoulder, and take your left arm above her head while swapping positions with her. While her back is to your front, you will make her move backwards while you are turing clockwise.

Legal moves after "8turn"

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