Salsa Pattern Variations

While there are many steps, patterns, and turns possible, much of the variety of what is seen on the dance floor is merely variation of fundamental basics. Even with identical footwork by both partners, changing the hand connection can give a very different look and feel.

Take, for instance, some possible combinations for:

a basic, simple walk-around right turn:

Facing each other:
1. Leader’s left hand to Follower’s right hand.
2. Leader’s right hand to Follower’s left hand.
3. Leader’s left hand to Follower’s left hand.
4. Leader’s right hand to Follower’s right hand.
5. Both Leader’s hands to both Follower’s hands.
6. Leader’s left hand to Follower’s left hand behind Followers back.

Leader’s back to Follower, leading turn over shoulder:
7. Leader’s left hand to Follower’s right hand.
8. Leader’s right hand to Follower’s left hand.
9. Leader’s left hand to Follower’s left hand.
10. Leader’s right hand to Follower’s right hand.
11. Both Leader’s hands to both Follower’s hands.

Cross-body lead:

Copa/Titanic: