Similar to advanced basics, isolations can further increase your dance aura.  Again, isos are generally performed by the follow as the lead usually does not have time to incorporate.  The lead should instead focus on posture and strengthening.

Warm Up

Warm up may sound silly, but its purpose is not just to prevent injuries; rather it is to recognize and feel individual muscles in your body so you can isolate them.  Dance movements are just a combination of different muscles working together, spending some time here will help with muscle coordination and not to be overwhelmed later on.  If you are stuck on advanced basics, start with these exercises before you attempt the full movement pattern.


This section is a quick prerequisite and reminder before we tackle the proper weight transfer.  Review the videos and make sure you are not making any of the mentioned mistakes.  Always check yourself in the mirror or film yourself to verify.


Even though social salsa dancing is not hard enough to require special genetics; ultimately, your technique will be affected by how much your body can handle.  Here are some exercises that I think every dancer should do, not just for dancing, but also for injury prevention as spinning is very aggressive on the joints if you are not prepared.


As you gain more sparring experience and start to understand the structure of Salsa, you will start to recognize that there are time slots where body isolation are possible.  For example, almost all turns occurs on 567 for the follow.  Once you understand this structure and can start to anticipate, you can decorate 123 with whatever you want.


The face to face combo occurs when the music changes and the lead initiates the free styling by standing still like a pole.  The lead may even give you a bit of feedback on your hands to kick start your hip movements.  Below are some ideas; again, consult your 'idol' for more.