Cuban Hip Motion in Salsa

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The salsa rhythm may be counted as quick quick slow.
In salsa the feet usually come together on a slow.
When the feet first come together, the leg that is “collecting” (coming together with other leg) should be bent and the ball of the foot should start to press into the floor. The heel of the stepping foot should then gradually come down and touch the flor. At the completion of the slow, the leg should be straight. This straightening of the leg allow the hip to go out.

Cuban Hip Motion

Straight Leg Gets the Hip

Arthur Murray, a famous ballroom dance instructor of yesteryear, discovered the secret to Cuban Hip motion in the 1950′s. He was so excited he demonstrated the move while waiting in line at a restaurant. “It all comes from the bending and straightening of the legs. Look at this,” he explained to his friend.

Keep this in mind: the hip of the straight leg should always be extended out to the side. The hip of the straight leg will be higher than the hip of the bent leg.

You can see how this works in the following video. Natalia demonstrates what the hips would be doing on the SLOW. She is not dancing the other part of the salsa basic — that is the quick, quick part.

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