Recent Intermediate Salsa Patterns | 17.10.14

Posted by Jake on 17th October 2014

Here's a collection of the salsa routines we've covered at Smokestack recently.  With everything from Hammerlocks to Multiple Spins, and Musicality to Armography!

Sorry I've been a little bit behind putting these up for one reason and another.  If you want any help breaking these down, feel free to grab a one-to-one session with me at a Smokestack event sometime.

Ok, see here goes.  Have fun with these!  A big thanks to Emma as ever, for helping me put these together and pulling them off with such style.

His & Hers Turns Intermediate Salsa Pattern

First up, here's a salsa routine featuring plenty of turns for him and for her!  This one will certainly test your turns and spins...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTSqJ8mtnvA

Armography Intermediate Salsa Pattern

Ok, so I'm not sure that is 'armography' is quite a word - but if it's good enough for the judges on Strictly then it's good enough for me.  This routine features plenty of cool arm work, which I'm really loving at the moment:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnWGlu_t1Go

High Contrast Intemediate Salsa Pattern

Contrast, or light and shade - is a difficult concept to teach and understand.  But basically it means varying elements in your dance to juxtapose them against each other.  That might be the height that you're at, the distance from your partner - or in this case, the intesity of the moves you use.  I tried to go for slow and steady moves, contrasted against high intesity quick moves.  Not sure how well I pulled it off - but I'll let you be the judge of that!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJYs3WYUTQ4

Playing with Musicality

First an admission, this one is somewhat self-indulgent of me, but whilst filming these patterns Emma and I had a freestyle because we were so into the music.  Then end result is a nice example of how you can play with the music in your dancing - even if I do say so myself ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvvfsJ0YCnw

What do you think?  Any of these salsa routines stand out to you?  Let me know in the comments...

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 James on 23rd October 2014 at 16:57

Sick post Jake. I might try out some of that armography. 

By Jake on 23rd October 2014 at 19:16

Thanks! If you get stuck with any of them, I'd be happy to go through them with you.