Cross Body Salsa - Judging Criteria

Posted by Jake on 15th October 2014

Tonight at HiFi will be the first competitive heat of Cross Body Salsa.  This is the style we all know and love so tensions will be high!  So how will the performances be judged?

What do you have to do to impress our panel of judges - CarlaJakeDonna & James?


The judges will be looking for the following when assessing your Cross Body Salsa Performance:

  • Creativity & Improvisation - in all the dances we'll be awarding marks if you show us something we've never seen before!
  • Connection with Your Partner - throughout the competition we're looking for you to have a good connection with your partner.  We want to see the dance flow and that you are both enjoying yourselves!
  • Musicality - marks will be awarded if you can dance with an appreciation of the music, this one is really subjective, but try to move with the music and really dance through the steps.
  • Timing - timing is crucial in all styles of salsa, so we'll be looking that you're dancing in time - whether that's On1 or On2 if you're feeling brave!  We'll want to see you respect the counts with no steps, but keep moving through the music rather than stopping altogether.
  • Cross Body Style - Cross Body Salsa is danced in the slot, that is, on a line - so we'll definitely be looking for that!  And what sets it apart from other styles of salsa is the complex 'armography', use of styling and inclusion of spins and dips.  So top marks will be included if you can add these elements to your dance.
  • Grasp of the Fundamentals - we'll want to see that your fundamental moves like the cross body, walk through, turns and open breaks - are well executed.  We don't want to see any leads throwing their partners around, they should be guiding their partners with a light lead.
  • Performance Value - as with all our styles, we'll be looking for a good amount of performance value.  So try and make your dance a story, use the whole space and add contrast to your dancing.  Adding contrast means playing with the spacing between you, the intensity of the moves, the height you are at - anything to contrast elements against each other.

All that leaves me to say is good luck!

By Jake

Nearly a decade ago, I resolved to run a salsa night the way I thought it should be run and the idea for StreetSalsa was born.  The rest as they say is history..

I've made some of the best friends you could wish for through dancing, and want to share what a life-changing experience dance can be.

By Donna'ton' on 15th October 2014 at 13:41

Lookin forward to this x

By Jake on 15th October 2014 at 15:54

Some inspiration for tonight...

By Janette on 15th October 2014 at 18:18

Can't wait!