Uksalsafeet 
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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. It goes without saying you should be part of a salsa dance club and attending at least twice a week to really 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 really 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 really shine through when you are dancing in your salsa club.

The Uksalsafeet can provides 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 a Uksalsafeet classes at least twice a week and following you can do everything on you 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 year)

Level 4 (Suggested duration 2 year +)


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 perform both solo in partnership in 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 Cross body

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 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

 Cross body freeze to LLT

Cross Body freeze with LLT & MRT  

 

Part G

Cross body to LRT 
Cross body to LRT

Cross body to ICBT

Cross body to OCBT

Cross body to Hair comb

Cross body to Overhead hold

Cross body to Cuban

Cross body to Waist hold

Cross body to Shoulder hold

Cross body to Copa

Cross body to Crucifix

Cross body to Hammerlock

Cross body to Waiter turn

Cross body to Wrap

Cross body to Whip

Cross body 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 
    Hand change to 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

     Cross body freeze to LLT

    Cross Body freeze with LLT & MRT  

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    Part B

    Cross body to Single turn 
    Cross body to Single Left turn

    Cross body to Single double ICBT

    Cross body to Single Double OCBT

    Cross body to Hair comb

    Cross body to Overhead hold

    Cross body to Cuban

    Cross body to Waist hold

    Cross body to Shoulder hold

    Cross body to Copa

    Cross body to Crucifix

    Cross body to Hammerlock

    Cross body to Waiter turn

    Cross body to Wrap

    Cross body to Whip

    Cross body to mambo jazz

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    Part C

    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 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

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    Part D

    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

    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

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    Part E

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

    Mambo Jazz to double ICBT

    Mambo Jazz to Double OCBT

    Mambo Jazz o 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

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    Part F

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

    Back Break to Single ICBT

    Break to Single OCBT

    Back Break s 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 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

     Women Hammerlock to walk around left

    Women Hammerlock to walk around Right

    Mambo Jazz to Step Cross Body

     Cross body freeze to LLT

    Cross Body freeze with LLT & MRT  

     

    Part B

    Cross body to DRT
    Cross body to DLT

    Cross body to Hair comb

    Cross body to Overhead hold

    Cross body to Cuban

    Cross body to Waist hold

    Cross body to Shoulder hold

    Cross body to Copa

    Cross body to Crucifix

    Cross body to Hammerlock

    Cross body to Waiter turn

    Cross body to Wrap

    Cross body to Whip

    Cross body to mambo jazz

     

    Part C

    Man Right turn to DRT
     Man Right turns to DLT

    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 D

    Man Left turn to DRT 
    Man Left turn to DLT

     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 E

    Mambo Jazz to DRT 
    Mambo Jazz to DLT

    Mambo Jazz to ICBT

    Mambo Jazz to OCBT

    Mambo Jazz o 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 F

     Back Break to DRT 
    Back Break to DLT

    Back Break to ICBT

    Break to OCBT

    Back Break s 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