How to Dance Salsa, Merengue & Bachata

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The salsa, merengue and bachata are all unique Latin dances that each have their own rhythm and style. Learn to dance in each of these styles with advice from an experienced dance instructor in this free video on Latin dance steps.

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Video Transcript

Hello I am Rosario Nene Ortega, I am a dance instructor. I am perform at the Goddess Store in Hollywood, Florida. In this clip I am going to show you a little bit about salsa, merengue, and bachata. What you would need comfortable clothing for dancing, nice comfortable shoes. Let's start with the footwork for salsa. In the salsa we are going to start breaking back salsa in one we start back, change your body weight, and change your feet, and then you go forward, change your body weight, and complete. So when you are on this side it is going to be one, two, three, wait, five, six, seven, wait. That will be the basics for the salsa. Next I am going to show you the footwork for the merengue. Merengue is very easy. Basically what you do is you move side and together, side and together. But the most important in the merengue is that one knee is bent, and the other is straight. That is going to give us the loose of the hips, the hip movement or the Cuban walk. Because one knee is bent, and the other one is straight. And now I am going to show you the footwork for bachata. Bachata you have four beats. So you are going to go walk, walk, walk, tap. Going to go back to the other side walk, walk, walk, tap. So I am going to say in the other words would be step, step, step, lift your hip and tap. We go to the other side, step, step, and tap. So now I am going to show you each one of them in the real time. So we will start with the salsa. Salsa is one, two, three, and five, six, seven, eight. One, two, three, five, six, seven, eight. Now merengue one, two, one, two, side, together, side, together, side, together, side together, side, together. Now bachata step, step, step up, step, step, step, up, step, step, step, up, step, step, step, tap. For you Nene Ortega, thank you for watching.


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