Salsa is a Cuban partner dance that was developed by Cubans and Puerto Ricans living in New York in the 1960s and 1970s. It is energetic, fun, and its social nature makes it a great dance to learn. If you don’t have a partner, you will usually get paired up with someone during your salsa class, but what if you want to practice at home on your own?
Don’t worry. You can dance salsa on your own and, what’s more, it’ll help you hone your skills ready for when you get the chance to dance with a partner again. For an idea of just how good dancing salsa solo can really look, check out this video by Laclave Salsacolombienne!
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Brush up on your timing
Dancing salsa on your own is a great way to get a decent feel for timing. It is so important to be able to hear the beat in the music and be able to step to it exactly on time. This skill will come in handy next time you’re in salsa class or dancing at a social.
Nail your basics
Another great thing to practice on your own is your basic steps. As is the case with so many skills, the only real way to get good is to practice, practice, practice. And just practising during class is not going to be enough to get really good. So when you’re at home on your own, do those basic steps over and over (and over) again until you get them just right.
Try out some new moves
It can be hard to get creative during class or when you’re dancing with someone at a social. So use your time on your own to have a go at something new, or to learn how to really sell the moves you already know. You will be that much more confident next time you need to dance with a partner.
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