Video Guide to Cuban Style Salsa

Posted by Jake on 27th October 2014

Cuban Salsa is a variant of salsa popular in Cuba - big surprise there then!  We mainly dance Cross Body Salsa at StreetSalsa, but we like to mix things up and have plenty of styles in the bag for any occasion or music.

Although we've not had time to put some videos together ourselves, I thought it would be a good idea to grab Cuban Salsa videos I like on YouTube for your viewing pleasure.

So here goes, a collection of Cuban Salsa moves and patterns you can practice to up your Cuban Styles skills!  Videos courtesy of Fabian Vallejos - check his channel on YouTube if you get chance, it's rather good.

Cuban Basic Step

Here's the Cuban Basic step, it has more rotation that the Cross Body Basic as Cuban Salsa is not danced on a line - but around in circles.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5Pnatqz7BY

Enchufla & Dile Que No

The Enchufla is a really core step in Cuban Salsa and it's important to master it.  And Dile Que No is the Cuban equivalent of a Cross Body - although it's quite different!  So this is a really good combo for cracking the basic steps.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=in9q4R_KRIM

Cuadrado

A nice variation on the Enchufla, Cuadrado is a nice circular move which will help you develop the circular motion necessary for Cuban Style Salsa.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO-G1owReUA

Enchufla Doble

Here's another core variation on the Enchufla, the Enchufla Doble.  It's basically two Enchufla's with a Dile Que No to finish.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNYksF1AuXc

Enchufla Doble Exibela Y Dile Que No

I told you Enchufla's were important!  Here's a variation on the Enchufla Doble.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-g-Ir03GnNo

Vacilala

A great little move for putting the style in Cuban Style Salsa!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9wxUUKc0tc

Uno

This one's not so much as a move, but a whole pattern.  Something to push yourself with!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqjYgp3Opuw

I hope you find this little video guide useful!  We're going Cuban Style crazy at the moment - so get yourself down to an event and learn to dance the Cuban way!

What do you think?  Do you like the look of Cuban Salsa?

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 Janette on 27th October 2014 at 16:37

Brilliant videos and sooo excited to be doing some Cuban style salsa, my favorite :D

By Ania THE CAPTAIN on 7th November 2014 at 18:51

Looks awesome! Reminds me of the time when I was strictly Cuban!