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May 16, 2012

INTRO TO SALSA: Inside Turns Broken Down

First watch and follow along with Todd and Linda from the tutorial.

We call this a inside turn because the followers are turning in towards their partners. It can also be thought of as a traveling left turn. This turn is absolutely essential to the dance of salsa.

Leaders should be very familiar with their cross body lead footowork before moving onto the inside turn. The footwork for the inside turn is the same as the cross body lead but now requires the gentleman to lift their hands and draw a counterclockwise circle in order to turn their partners

Followers should be very familiar with their cross body lead footwork before moving onto the inside turn. The first three steps are the exact same steps as the cross body lead.

Click image above for a frame by frame breakdown of the followers footwork.

TIP: Followers, make sure to spin on the balls of your feet when performing the inside turn.

TIP: Followers, notice that the inside turn always finishes on the 7 with the left foot stepping in front of the right foot.

TIP: Leaders, notice that the followers start to spin to their left on 3 which means you need to lift up your arm on the 3 in order to allow her to turn.

Here is a another video of the inside turn but done at full speed with all the added styling and a breakdown with counts at the end. We strongly recommend followers to purchase a pair of ballroom dance shoes for practicing these turns but if you don't have shoes yet, do not use that as a excuse to not practice but get a pair as soon as you can.

PRACTICE: This move will require a good deal of practice. It does take some time to gain your balance when spinning.

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