If you are as impatient as me you will want to become a master salsa dancer in a few days. However, being realistic this is just not going to happen. Although Salsa and dancing, in general, is an art form, that takes dedication, time and practice there are a few critical steps to take that can shave months off achieving your salsa dance goals. Here you will discover the answer to the common question so many beginners ask, how long does it take to learn salsa?

First of all the time, it takes to learn salsa to a beginners ability will depend upon the resources available and the commitment that you give to learning new things. You should be part of a salsa dance club and attending at least twice a week to develop your salsa dance steps. Finding a good salsa club can also help dramatically with the time it takes to progress. Just think how valuable your salsa lesson is! Can you afford to waste time and money? After all, salsa dance teachers often struggle to give one on one guidance to larger groups meaning they are less accessible to answer your questions and help develop your style.

Typically salsa is easier to pick up from absolute beginners but if you have danced before you may adapt to the cross body style of salsa quicker than absolute beginners. Either way, it is better to settle into one particular style and stick to this which will speed up the learning process.

Attending salsa club twice a week is the minimum and if you can you should be getting more dancing in. If this is not possible even watching videos, studying illustrations or reading up on salsa dance steps. This can develop your salsa ability and this will shine through when you are dancing in your salsa club.

The Uksalsafeet can provide everything you need to get started.

So to answer the question, how long does it take to learn salsa? Well, I would say it will take around 2 - 3 months to dance at an ability suitable for the majority of professional salsa partners. This is assuming that you are attending Uksalsafeet classes at least twice a week and following you can do everything on your levels list correctly 

Uksalsafeet classes are now ensuring that you learn everything from these basic turn patterns at a slow pace. 

Level 1 (Suggested duration 6 Weeks) 

Level 2 (suggested duration 3-1 year)

Level 3 (Suggested duration 1 year - 2 years)

Level 4 (Suggested duration 2 years +)

 

Level 1

 

Part A

 Mambo Step

Side Step

Back Step

Back Step Open (1 -3)

Forward Step

Forward Step Open

V step

Suzy Q

(All these steps must be able to be performing both solos in partnership in a close hold and open hold)

  

Part B

 Right Turn

Left Turn

Cross Body

Mambo to the Left circle

Mambo to the Right circle

Man Right turn to ladies Right turn

 Man Right turns to ladies Left turn

Ladies left turn to Man Right turn

Ladies left turn to Man left turn

 

Level 2

 

Part A

 Inside Crossbody Turn (ICBT)

Outside Crossbody Turn (OCBT)

Copa

Copa to Cuban

Copa to Inside Crossbody Turn

Copa to Outside Crossbody Turn

Copa to Crossbody

Hammerlock

Hammerlock to Cuban

Hammerlock to Right Turn

Hammerlock to Left Turn

Hammerlock to ICBT

Hammerlock to OCBT

Hammerlock to Crossbody

 

Part B

 Crucifix

Crucifix to ICBT

Crucifix to OCBT

Crucifix to Cuban

Crucifix to Crossbody

Whip

Whip to ICBT

Whip to OCBT

Whip to Crossbody

Whip to Cuban

 

Part C

 Wrap

Wrap to ICBT

Wrap to OCBT

Wrap to Cuban

Wrap to Crossbody

Overhead Hold

Overhead Hold to ICBT

Overhead Hold to OCBT

Overhead Hold to Crossbody

Overhead to Cuban

  

Part D

 Back break to ICBT

Back Break to OCBT

Back Break to Waist Hold

Back break to walk around

Back to Crucifix

Men ICBT

Men OCBT

  

Part E

 Ladies Double Right Turn

Men Double Right Turn

Ladies Double ICBT

Ladies Double OCBT

Men Double Left Turn

Ladies Double Left Turn

 

Part F

 Hand change to LRT 
Hand change to a single left turn

Hand change to Single ICBT

Hand change to Single OCBT

Men Hammerlock to walk around left Men Hammerlock to walk around Right

 Women Hammerlock to walk around left

Women Hammerlock to walk around Right

Mambo Jazz to Step Cross Body

 Crossbody freeze to LLT

Cross Body freeze with LLT & MRT  

 

Part G

Crossbody to LRT 
Crossbody to LRT

Crossbody to ICBT

Crossbody to OCBT

Crossbody to Hair comb

Crossbody to Overhead hold

Crossbody to Cuban

Crossbody to Waist hold

Crossbody to Shoulder hold

Crossbody to Copa

Crossbody to Crucifix

Crossbody to Hammerlock

Crossbody to Waiter turn

Crossbody to Wrap

Crossbody to Whip

Crossbody to mambo jazz

  

Part H

Man Right turn to LRT 
 Man Right turns to LLT

Man Right turn to ICBT

Man Right turn to OCBT

Man Right turn to Hair comb

Man Right turn to Overhead hold

Man Right turn to Cuban

Man Right turn to Waist hold

Man Right turn to Shoulder hold

Man Right turn to Copa

Man Right turn to Crucifix

Man Right turn to Hammerlock

Man Right turn to Waiter turn

Man Right turn to Wrap

Man Right turn to Whip

Man Right turn to Mambo jazz

 

Part I

Man Left turn to LRT 
Man Left turn to LLT

 Man Left turn to ICBT

Man Left turn to OCBT

Man Left turn o Hair comb

Man Left turn to Overhead hold

Man Left turn to Cuban

Man Left turn to Waist hold

Man Left turn to Shoulder hold

Man Left turn to Copa

Man Left turn to Crucifix

Man Left turn to Hammerlock

Man Left turn to Waiter turn

Man Left turn to Wrap

Man Left turn to Whip

Man Left turn to mambo jazz

  

Part J

Mambo Jazz to LDRT 
Mambo Jazz to LDLT

Mambo Jazz to DICBT

Mambo Jazz to DOCBT

Mambo Jazz to Hair comb

Mambo Jazz to Overhead hold

Mambo Jazz to Cuban

 Mambo Jazz to Waist hold

Mambo Jazz to Shoulder hold

Mambo Jazz to Copa

Mambo Jazz to Crucifix

Mambo Jazz to Hammerlock

Mambo Jazz to Waiter turn

Mambo Jazz to Wrap

Mambo Jazz to Whip

 Mambo Jazz to Mambo jazz

  

Part K

 Back Break to LRT 
Back Break to LLT

Back Break to ICBT

Break to OCBT

Back Break to Hair comb

Back Break to Overhead hold

Back Break to Cuban

Back Break to Waist hold

Back Break to Shoulder hold

Back Break to Copa

Back Break to Crucifix

Back Break to Hammerlock

Back Break to Waiter turn

Back Break to Wrap

Back Break to Whip

Back Break to Mambo jazz

Men ICBT with Ladies Cross Body 
Men OCBT with Ladies Cross Body

 

Level 3

 

 Part A

 Hand change to Single Right turn 
Men Hammerlock to walk around left Men Hammerlock to walk around Right

Man Right turn to Single Right turn 

 Man Right turns to Single Left turn

Man Right turn to Single ICBT

Man Right turn to Single OCBT

Man Left turn to Single Right turn 
Man Left turn to Single Left turn

 Man Left turn to Single ICBT

Man Left turn to Single OCBT

Part B

Mambo Jazz to Double Right turn 
Mambo Jazz to Double Left turn

Mambo Jazz to double ICBT

Mambo Jazz to Double OCBT

 Back Break to Single Right turn 
Back Break to Single Left turn

Back Break to Single ICBT

Break to Single OCBT

Men ICBT with Ladies Cross Body 

Men OCBT with Ladies Cross Body

 

Level 4

Part A

 Men Hand change to DRT 
 Men Hand change to DLT

 Men Hand change to ICBT

Men Hand change to OCBT

Men Hammerlock to walk around left Men Hammerlock to walk around Right

 Crossbody to DRT

Crossbody to DLT

Man Right turn to DRT

 Man Right turns to DLT

Man Left turn to DRT 

Man Left turn to DLT

 

Part B

Mambo Jazz to DRT 
Mambo Jazz to DLT

Mambo Jazz to ICBT

Mambo Jazz to OCBT

Mambo jazz to Mambo Jazz

 Back Break to DRT 
Back Break to DLT

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Uksalsafeet Salsa Levels