Here is the summary of what we did today:

1) Music: Perdona, Issac Delgado, SuperCubano  (latest Delgado Album)

Warm up and went through basic moves: base, al lado, adelante, enchufla, enchufla adelante, vuelta, izquierda.

2) Music: Deja la Duda,  Maikel Blanco Y Su Salsa Mayor, Anda y Pegate

Continued with basic moves with some of the traveling moves: Camina and base con viaje.

3) Music: A Cuba, Amilcar Suarez Y su Salsa Matriz, A Cuba

Worked on Cha-Cha-Cha. We did some of the basic moves (base, enchufla and turns). My goal is to show that you can use all of your knowledge of movement in a cha-cha-cha (this true during couples dance).

Note that unlike salsa/casino which you can really dance on (1,2,3 or 4), cha-cha-cha really requires matching to the music. The congas play “four-and-one” which is the “cha-cha-cha”, so it is alway “cha-cha-cha-two-three-cha-cha-cha” – not “one-two-cha-cha-cha”. If you follow that pattern you will be easily able to transition from cha-cha-cha to son by eliminating the shuffle and visa versa.

4) Music: Después de un besoHavana D’Primera, Haciendo Historia

Linea moves : 1+1 , 2+2 , 2+1 , “L” , “L” al reves.

5) Music: No Tiene Caso,  Jonas Pomo,Unreleased Single on SoundCloud  ( New group from Sweden  – read more here )

We did base con columbia – a move I learned from Jose Carrion  in one of his salsa classes a few years ago. The toe-heel combination is borrowed from the traditional Columbia Rumba (see e.g. 0:24 here)

6) Music: Yo Vengo Suave Y Sabroso,  Ciso Guanche Y Sus Soneros, Levantando Presion

Worked on first two parts of Walter P.  see video from last month’s post.

7) Music: El Año Que Viene, Issac Delgado, Los Grandes Exitos De Isaac Delgado

Completed the third part of Walter P.  We had a discussion on the timing of this part.  I taught it as it is demonstrated in the video – last tap is on 7.

8 ) Music: A La Italiana,  Cesar ‘PUPY’ Pedroso,  Tranquilo Que Yo Controlo

Review and finale. We didn’t attempt Walter P. at full speed, but please practice and we can try it all together next time 😉