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Our Dance Studio Tells the Differences Between Rueda de Casino and LA Salsa Style

As California is the state where Los Angeles Salsa style originated from, it will be a shame if you visit our dance studio in Rialto, CA and do not attend such classes. We offer them for both couples and groups who are interested in learning a new and exciting dance.

Dance schoolAlthough the basics of LA salsa are easy, it really gets complicated once you start developing your dancing skills. Los Angeles style is influenced by Latin ballroom dance styles, swing, mambo, and Argentine tango, and it is danced on 1, in a straight line. This dance has two essential elements:

  • forward–backward basic,
  • cross-body lead.

In such patterns, the man, as the leading part, steps forward on 1, steps to the right on 2-3 while turning 90 degrees counter-clockwise leaving the slot open. The woman who follows the leading partner then has to step forward on 5-6 and turn on 7-8 while the man is making another 90 degrees counter-clockwise and slightly forward, coming back into the slot. The leader and the follower often exchange their positions after 8 counts.

In order to illustrate better the differences of LA style compared to Cuban salsa, we can say that “Casino” is not danced in straight lines at all. In it, the woman is constantly moving around the man and is never finishing a combination facing his front side but is always on his right before the Dile Que No (a basic move, done usually to switch side with the girl).

L.A. style of salsa dancing has evolved a lot since it originated. If you want to see it in its pure form and learn it by the best local teacher, call (951) 202-4461 to check the schedule of our dance school, and visit Salsa By Nature when you want to relax from the busy life you are living! We know how to naturally bring the smile back on your face!