This is a mini-course in salsa dance shines.  A shine is an elaboration or embellishment of the basic salsa step, where the dancers usually dance in an apart position. Watch each video and then check your understanding by taking the Progress Check below the video.

Toe Tap

The first shine is an easy one called Toe Tap. Here we see it with male styling:
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Progress Check.
Tap forward 1 with Left/Right (pick one)
Step back 2 with Left/Right (together with right)
Tap forward 3 with Right
Step back 4 with Right
Tap forward 5 with Left
Step back 6 with Left
Tap forward 7 with Left/Right (Pick one)
Step back 8 with Left/Right (Pick one)

To add styling, point with right hand as you tap with your Left/Right)


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Answers:

Tap forward 1 with Left
Step back 2 with Left
Tap forward 3 with Right
Step back 4 with Right
Tap forward 5 with Left
Step back 6 with Left
Tap forward 7 with Right
Step back 8 with Left

To add styling, point with right hand as you tap with your Left)


Now, here’s the same thing with women’s styling.
Instructors seem to think men can’t move their hips, but did you ever watch those male dancers on dancing with the stars? They are flailing their hips, too.


Leader’s Front Double Cross

a)Leader first crosses left over right and  taps to the left/right. [pick one]
b) For the first two taps, leader should have all his weight on his left/right leg. [pick one]
c) After tapping to the right, leader taps to the _____ keeping weight on his ___ leg.
e) True or False?  It helps to think tap, tap step when doing this routine. 

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Answers
a) Leader first crosses left over right and  taps to the right.
b) For the first two taps, leader should have all his weight on his right leg.
c) After tapping to the right, leader taps to the left keeping weight on right leg..
d) True. It helps to think tap, tap step when doing this routine.


Tight Rope (Double Triple Cross)

Is a tap or touch step used in this pattern?
Why is this also called a Double Triple Cross?

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Answers
1. Each movement is a step with a change or weight; no taps or touches are used.
2. You do 3 crosses and then pause; hence, the term triple. You repeat the 3 crosses; hence, the term double.


Kick and Slide

When do you kick? (in terms of quick, quick, slow?)
Slide?
Tuck?
What do you do with your arms when you tuck?
When do you bring out arms out to the side?
After the slide, weight is your on left/right foot. [pick one]
Next you tap twice, first to the left/right then to the left/right [pick one]
After tapping twice you step/tap to the left/right [pick one]

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Answers

Kick on the first Quick
Slide on the Slow
Tuck on the second Quick
Cross arms on the tuck.
Take arms out to the side on the slow as you do the slide.

After the slide, weight is your on left.
Next you tap twice, first to the left then to the right [pick one]
After tapping twice you step to the left. Note that when you step, you change weight and then step with the other foot.  When you tap (or touch) you must use the same foot for the next movement.


Shine Combination

For best results, learn each of the components of this combination separately. The components to learn, besides the salsa basic, include:

  • Double Cross – Suzie-Q
  • Front Double Cross
  • Triple Cross (Half of the Tight Rope)
  • Kick and Slide
  • Tap, Tap Step
  • Front Toe Tap



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