1. Salsa Dancing and Development of Communication Skills

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1. Introduction

2. Salsa Dancing into the Social Sciences – Research in an Age of Info-glut. by Kristin Luker

3. Psychophysiological Responses to Salsa Dance. by  Laura Guidetti et al.

4. Why Is Dancing So Good for Your Brain?

5. Benefits of Salsa Dancing

5.1 Benefits from a Social perspective

5.2 Salsa is a great form of exercise

5.3. Dancing for Emotional Well-being

6. Dance Figures (100+)

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1) Introduction

Explorer ? Geoscientists ? Communication skills, leadership and competencies ? How to enhance them ? ?

A simple, unconventional, tip.
Just (learn to) dance. For example. Salsa and bachata.

In addition to all the physical and psychological benefits, of dancing in general, it helps you to develop your leadership, communication skills and competencies.

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Why ??

Swift dancing is about efficiently, clearly, timely, gently and graciously communicating. Just as you have to do at work and with colleagues.

To do this the male has to show clear leadership and stewardship for the dance figures that he wants to execute. The female partner has to trust his focus and follow his signs.

It is about creating synergy, between the leader and the follower, both in private and in public, with your dance partner/colleague.

I did not get this, what I consider a ” communication skills ” subject and module earlier at school, university or during my executive MBA and M.Sc. Management.

We ventured to learn dancing salsa and bachata, just for fun ? It was one of our long standing wishes to swirl in a most free way, though based on a grounded dance structure, on the dance floor ? Such as by dancing and swinging on the tones of ” Cali Aji ” from Grupo Niche. And ” Oiga, Mira, Vea”  from Orquesta Guayacan, both classic songs and orchestra from Cali, Colombia.

We succeeded…



“ Bailar es algo que te da vitalidad, que ayuda a expresar emociones, que nutre, que te hace sentir bien y que te eleva “, Sara Martín, famosa bailarina Madrileña de flamenco.

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See <Contact & Contract Me> at marcelchinalien@gmail.com “.

Doei, salu2, ciao, até logo, grüssen, cordialement, salut, добрый день, ajoo, tur kos bon mi dushi hendenan na Switi Sranan i mi famiri na switi Korsou, tan bun allamala !

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With the help of so many excellent end enthusiastic teachers at the salsa schools that now exist in different places on this globe.

Teachers, such as ?

Gilbert, Eva, Annemarie, Farai; Desmond; Edison, Karina, Keren; Navin, Daysi; Cyldra, Vanessa:

Hi all, many Thanks for your classes and patience !

I also discovered that swift dancing intrinsically has to do with clear leadership, stewardship and with following, in a seamless and harmonious way.

Ask your Human Resource department, for a course, for yourself together with your near colleagues ?

To improve communication skills in your group. And to promote teambuilding.

Such as when you have to dance the Cuban ” En Rueda ” salsa figure. Where you must fluently and efficiently communicate and interact fluently with many other colleagues.

” El baile es la poesia hecha con brazos y piernas “.

Enjoy. A bailarrrrr se dijo. Photo:

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After many years of daily, weekly hard work, classes, workshops and free dancing. At renowned dance academies in Holland, Dushi Korsou, Colombia etc. etc..

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2) Salsa Dancing into the Social Sciences – Research in an Age of Info-glut

Kristin Luker is Elizabeth Josselyn Boalt Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Table of contents:

  • 1. Salsa Dancing? In the Social Sciences?
  • 11. Living Your Life as a Salsa-Dancing Social
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3) Psychophysiological Responses to Salsa Dance

Laura Guidetti1☯, Cosme Franklim Buzzachera2☯, Gian Pietro Emerenziani1, Marco Meucci3, Francisco Saavedra4, Maria Chiara Gallotta1‡, Carlo Baldari1‡* http://www.felecianastevenson.com/uploads/4/3/6/0/43607421/salsapsycho.pdf

These data support that different Salsa dance styles provide physiological stimuli adequate to promote health and fitness benefits, and perhaps more importantly, produce pleasurable experiences, which in turn might lead to an increase in adherence to Salsa dancing which likely provides exercise-like health benefits.

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4) Why Is Dancing So Good for the Brain of an Oil Explorationist ?


Dancers maximize cognitive function and muscle memory through practice.
Dancing improves brain function on a variety of levels. Two recent studies show how different types of practice allow dancers to achieve peak performance by blending cerebral and cognitive thought processes with muscle memory and ‘proprioception’ held in the cerebellum. Through regular aerobic training that incorporates some type of dance at least once a week anyone can maximize his or her brain function.
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5) Benefits of Salsa Dancing


Salsa dancing is completely inclusive and is suitable for anyone regardless of age, or level of ability. There is also a fantastic range of benefits gained from this dance. Music and dance have been a part of many different cultures for centuries. It has always been a part of celebration, ritual, exercise, communication and pleasure and whether they knew it or not way back when the dancing began, the health benefits were, and still are enormous!

5.1 Benefits from a Social perspective

Latin dance is a great way to develop new social relationships. In Latin America, Salsa dancing is a massive part of the culture and its social life. Within an established class setting, if the group of students are always the same, a natural understanding develops over time. Based on the fact of exercising together people discover an instinctive way to communicate with body language. Dancing is actually a way to express feelings, emotions, personality, thoughts, and is consequently a very direct instrument to develop new friendships. If the group is harmonic, it often happens that people decide to go out together to a Salsa event or other places other than the regular classes. Come along, make new friends and see new places!

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5.2 Salsa is a great form of exercise

Salsa dancing is a unique form of exercise because it provides the heart-healthy benefits of an aerobic exercise while also allowing you to engage in a social activity.

Salsa Dancing;

– Builds endurance and stamina
– Helps with weight loss (Salsa Dancing on average Burns off 420 + calories per hour).
– Dancing can burn more calories an hour than riding a bike or swimming.
– Relieves stress
– Helps you release toxins
– Greatly increase your overall fitness and general well being
– Can lead to a reduced heart rate over time

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5.3 Dancing for Emotional Well-being

 ” El baile es la poesia hecha con brazos y piernas “.

Salsa dancing has been found to be a very good anti-stress therapy. Through dance an individual can release tensions, worries, and negative feelings. Dancing is great for overcoming shyness and as you realise that you are able to reproduce steps that seem so hard at the beginning, this becomes a fantastic boost in self-esteem. As a consequence of this, the body relaxes, and movements become lighter and more fluent.

Dancing in general has been found to be especially stimulating to the mind; this has been concluded by the New England Journal of Medicine who in their research found dancing can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia in the elderly.

Within this study, it was found that participants who were over the age of 75 who engaged in reading, dancing and playing musical instruments and board games once a week had a 7 percent lower risk of dementia compared to those who did not. In addition to this it was discovered that the participants who continued in these activities at least 11 days a month had a 63 percent lower risk!

“Dancing may be a triple benefit for the brain. Not only does the physical aspect of dancing increase blood flow to the brain, but also the social aspect of the activity leads to less stress, depression and loneliness. Further, dancing requires memorizing steps and working with a partner, both of which provide mental challenges that are crucial for brain health”. Varghese, J

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6. Dance Figures

Some of the hundred plus figures of Los Angeles and Cuban salsa styles that you may want to master.

  1. Mambo – Basic step
  2. Rumba – Side step
  3. Mambo with Rumba
  4. Right turn
  5. Right turn with open-break
  6. Cross body lead (CBL)
  7. Left turn
  8. Basic, CBL, Right turn
  9. Around the neck
  10. Back to back
  11. Copa + inside
  12. Hand throw during Copa
  13. Wrap behind the back
  14. Basic in the middle
  15. Check
  16. Copa and hook turn
  17. Copa
  18. Double handed right turn
  19. Hand throw
  20. Hook turn in the CBL
  21. Inside turn
  22. Inside, outside
  23. Inside, right
  24. Inside, switch, right
  25. Just as dealing cards
  26. Just let the right go
  27. Left turn and walk
  28. Left, right, right
  29. Outside turn
  30. Outside with one hand wrapped behind
  31. Right arm up, left arm up
  32. Right turn with arm styling
  33. Right turn with hand change
  34. Right, right, right
  35. Slide down on her arm
  36. Titanic
  37. Turn and hug
  38. Two turns for the guys
  39. Walk around her basic
  40. Open and close
  41. The Hammer bridge
  42. Brush into inside turn
  43. Check and pull
  44. Coca Cola
  45. Copa + inside or outside
  46. Double drop and catch
  47. Drop catch rainbow
  48. Elbow hook and and left turn
  49. Fake double inside turn
  50. Fast point
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  52. Hands behind the back
  53. Hook turn and check
  54. In-rotation change hands
  55. Inverse check
  56. Just under the shoulder
  57. Cross Body Turn Plus
  58. Double Right turn R-R and R-L
  59. Mambo together – Butterfly
  60. Mambo together – Shoulder check
  61. Mambo together – SRT lady – SRT gent
  62. Mambo together – SRT lady
  63. Mambo together – Basic Step
  64. Mambo together – Basic Step and CBL
  65. Mambo solo – Suzy Q
  66. Mambo solo – 3 taps
  67. Mambo solo – SLT
  68. Mambo solo – SRT
  69. Mambo solo – Basics
  70. Mambo together – SRT lady – SRT gent
  71. Salsa Solo Cross Pass on 2 and 3
  72. Salsa Solo Marching
  73. Salsa Solo 4 Basic Steps
  74. Salsa Together – Show the World
  75. Salsa Together – Copa – Enchufa 1,5 SLT gent
  76. Salsa Together – Copa – Enchufa – Paperclip
  77. Salsa Together – Copa Parallel
  78. Salsa Together – CBL + DRT R_L
  79. Salsa Together – Double Right turn R-R and R-L
  80. Drop and Catch Paperclip_1
  81. Salsa Solo Suzy Q
  82. Salsa Shine – Half Flair
  83. Salsa Shine – Full Flair
  84. Salsa Together – Cross Body Plus
  85. Lead with inside turn
  86. Cucaracha
  87. Basic with Heel kick
  88. Rotating Basic
  89. Cumbia
  90. Enchufla
  91. Dile que no
  92. Guapeando
  93. Adios con la hermana
  94. Candado
  95. Candado P’arriba
  96. Ronde Kentucky
  97. Se fue, el uno
  98. Se fue, el dos
  99. Exibela
  100. Doce
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  102. Setenta complicado con gancho
  103. Setenta y Nueve
  104. Ochenta y Ocho
  105. Noventa
  106. Cruce
  107. Tornillo
  108. Juana la Cubana
  109. Remolino
  110. Besito
  111. Abrazala
  112. El Salao
  113. Dedo de Lazaro
  114. Pasea arriba y complica
  115. Bebe
  116. La Jenny
  117. Thalia
  118. Niagara
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