Salsa Instruction

from Eric "El Cubanito" Freeman

Phone number: (720) 336-1239

Email: eric@salsaville.com


Class catalog

Levels of basic salsa classes are as follows:

Salsa, Level IIntroduction to Salsa
Salsa, Level IIAdvanced-Beginner
Salsa, Level IIIIntro to Intermediate Level

Next come the higher levels:

Salsa, Level IVIntermediate (To be taken at least 2-3 times -- material different each time.)

Salsa, Level VAdvanced-Intermediate
(Never ending -- material different each time -- but should take at least 3-6 times before attempting Level VI.)

Salsa, Level VIAdvanced
(Never ending -- material different each time.)



For Cuban Casino classes:

Cuban Salsa, Level IV Cuban Casino Fundamentals (To be taken after completing at least Salsa, Level I and II, and preferably Salsa Level III as well.) (Material will take two months to cover -- so to be taken twice before advancing onto Level V.)

Cuban Salsa, Level V Cuban Casino, Advanced-Intermediate
(Never ending -- material is different each time. To be taken several times before attempting Level VI.)

Cuban Salsa, Level VI Cuban Casino, Advanced
(Never ending -- material different each time.)






Salsa, Level I: "Intro to Salsa Dancing"

This class will be taught at the introductory level. No previous dance experience at all is required!

We will explain all of the basic and important elements of salsa dancing. After this class you will be prepared to go out and have fun dancing in the salsa nightclubs of Boulder and Denver.

We will cover:

  • Intro to the Music
  • Getting a feel for leading and following and staying with the music
  • Basic Steps: Mambo and others
  • Right Turns for the man and the woman
  • Cross Body
  • Hand drop-slip
  • Head combs
  • Combinations using all of the above

Salsa, Level II: "Advanced Beginner Salsa Dancing"

We will continue to explain all of the basic and important elements of salsa dancing. After this class you will be prepared to go out and have even more fun dancing in the salsa nightclubs of Boulder and Denver.

This class is intended for people who have successfully completed at least one month of introductory salsa, or for people who have danced before in nightclubs, but who haven't yet had any formal instruction. We will cover:

  • Lead and follow technique
  • Left Turns for the man and the woman
  • Cross Body with head combs
  • Combinations combining all of the above and material from Level I

Salsa, Level III: "Intro to Intermediate Level Salsa Dancing"

In this class, you will learn all of the fundamental (but important!) elements that will help take your salsa dancing to the next level (intermediate).

This class is intended for people who have successfully completed at least two months of salsa, or for people who have been dancing for several months, but who haven't had much formal instruction and want to really learn the key techniques for dancing at the intermediate level. We will cover:

  • Cross Body lead with woman left turn (inside turn)
  • Sweetheart
  • Cross Body lead with reverse direction turn
  • Combinations combining all of the above and material from Level I and II (combinations will be somewhat different each month)

Salsa, Level IV: "Intermediate Salsa Dancing"

Before enrolling in this class, you should have successfully completed Salsa, Levels I,II, and III, or be comfortable executing all the basic combinations in salsa dancing.

This class should be taken at least two or three times before advancing to Level V.

Each month this class will be different, varying in content and presentation. We will cover:

  • Double Right Turn (presented about once every three months)
  • Copa and variations (presented about once every three months)
  • Fancy Combinations -- completely different each month
  • and much more ...

Salsa, Level V: "Advanced-Intermediate Salsa Dancing"

This class should be taken at least two to four times before attempting Level VI.

We will learn several new turn patterns to dazzle you, your partner and others watching on the dance floor. This workshop will move quickly, so be prepared to be challenged!

  • Material is interesting and challenging enough to take on an ongoing basis
  • Fancy Combinations -- completely different each month
  • and much more ...

Salsa, Level VI: "Advanced Salsa Dancing"

  • Fancy Combinations -- completely different each month
  • and much more ...


Cuban, Level IV: "The Fundamentals of Authentic Cuban Style Salsa Dancing"

This class is intended for people who have successfully completed at least three months of salsa classes.

This class will introduce you to all the basic concepts of partner dancing in Cuban style, also know as "Casino." Casino is very different from other salsa styles, and is more circular in nature and often more playful.

Eric "El Cubanito" Freeman has traveled to Cuba 10 times spending over 15 months studying Cuban style salsa, and has produced the world's best known instructional video series on Cuban style dancing, "¡Salsa a la Cubana!"

We will cover:

  • Hecho
  • Deshecho
  • Dile Que No
  • Vacilala
  • Exhibela
  • Cuban Lead & Follow concepts
  • The Circular nature of Cuban Casino
  • and much more ...

Cuban, Level V: "Cuban Casino Dancing, Advanced-Intermediate"

This class is intended for people are familiar with the fundamentals of Casino.

Casino is very different from other salsa styles, and is more circular in nature and often more playful.

In this class we will continue with more complex Casino style turn patterns, and continue to explore concepts, feeling, etc. of what makes dancing Cuban style different than the other styles.

Eric "El Cubanito" Freeman has traveled to Cuba 10 times spending over 15 months studying Cuban style salsa, and has produced the world's best known instructional video series on Cuban style dancing, "¡Salsa a la Cubana!"

We will cover:

  • Vacilala con engaño
  • Early Vacilala
  • Cuban Lead & Follow concepts
  • The circular nature of Cuban Casino
  • and much more ...

Cuban, Level VI: "Cuban Casino Salsa Dancing, Advanced"

This class is intended for people who have already taken Level V several times, and are ready for learning advanced casino.

In this class we will continue with more complex Casino style turn patterns, and continue to explore concepts, feeling, etc. of what makes dancing Cuban style different than the other styles.

Eric "El Cubanito" Freeman has traveled to Cuba 10 times spending over 15 months studying Cuban style salsa, and has produced the world's best known instructional video series on Cuban style dancing, "¡Salsa a la Cubana!"

We will cover:

  • Cuban Lead & Follow concepts
  • The circular nature of Cuban Casino
  • Cuban Tricks
  • and much more ...

Latin Motion: "How to move your body in "Contra-Body Motion" and how to apply it to all forms of Latin dancing"

Learn to move your body as most Latinos naturally do!

We will focus entirely on the all-important "contra-body motion" that forms the basis for latin dancing (salsa, merengue, cha-cha-cha and others.)

In my opinion, this "contra-body" motion, along with keeping time with the music (rhythm), are the two most important aspects of latin dancing.

Learning contra-body motion will help you with many aspects of your dancing, including naturally taking smaller steps, being able to move around the dance floor, spins, lead-follow connection, and dancing close to your partner.

So please come join us, as I will break down exactly how to move with this "contra-body" motion.

Over the two sessions we will cover:

  • basic hip motion (coordinating transfering weight and stepping)
  • arm motion
  • chest and shoulder movement
  • using contra-body motion in salsa and merengue
  • coordinating contra-body motion with spinning
  • dancing in synch with your partner with contra-body motion

This class is intended for people who have had at least some exposure to salsa, and want to learn how to properly move their bodies. I highly recommend this class to absolutely anybody who has not mastered this technique (which includes some people who regularly attend advanced-level salsa classes) or to anyone who does this naturally but wants to better understand the mechanics.


Here is what some people who have taken the class previously are saying:

Frank Hugelmeyer: "Eric's Latin Body Motion class is a revelation. After two years of building my skills in various salsa courses, this was the class that made me feel like I was finally moving the right way."

Denny Thompson: "Hey Eric, I wanted to tell you that of all the great Salsa classes I have taken , your Latin Body Motion class was by far the most rewarding. It showed me something that I have always wondered about which was precisely how can those latin guys move like that. What are they doing? Well now I know. I can't do it quite yet but I am practicing. It was a very special class and you are a superb teacher."

Richard Salm: "I really enjoyed the Latin body motion workshop and now have to unlearn a year and a half doing it wrong. It is really refreshing to see an instructor offering technique in a group format instead of only just teaching patterns. Judging by the sell out last Tuesday, it appears that there is a great demand for technique instruction. I’ll definitely be coming to any future technique class you offer."

Suzanne Crawford: "Although I've been dancing for a while, contra body motion didn't come naturally to me. My dancing has improved a lot after taking Eric's class."

Brian Otte: "I was tired of dancing like a gringo ... Over time I had learned a bunch of Salsa moves but still didn't feel like I was dancing. About half way through Latin Body Motion I was dancing with a gal I'd danced with...I don't know...a hundred times. We looked at each other and said 'Wow, this is better. This is way more fun.'"

Marcus Kurek: "The Latin Body Motion class was just wonderful. It helped me to develop the sensory motor awareness to move with passion with each step! The class offered a level of refinement that is often seen with well seasoned and professional dancers. I can't wait until the next class!"

Brian Otte (the next time he took the class): A great class, Eric. A lot of instructors discuss this motion but few, I bet, teach it systematically. How many places, worldwide, could a person find such lessons? Rarefied air, indeed. Repeat the class as you are able, I'll take it.

Salsa Music: "Understand the Music We Dance To, Hear the Beat and Find the One"

Learn more about the music we all love, while improving your timing and musicality. This is one of the two most important topics in salsa dancing. Understanding the music, feeling it, hearing the beat, and being comfortable staying on beat.

Understanding the music, along with Latin Motion, gives you the main tools towards becoming a real latin dancer.

This class will help you to indentify the "one" of the music and hear the rhythm much better while learning about all the important instruments in salsa.

Instead of just hearing salsa music as a "wall" of complex sounds, we will learn all about what makes up this polyrhythmic sound. We will listen to various audio tracks of all the main instruments in salsa:

  • Clave
  • Congas
  • Piano
  • Bass
  • Cowbell
  • Güiro
We will learn the basic rhythmic patterns that each of these instruments play, and understand how they fit into and contribute to the overall sound of salsa. We will hear a complete salsa song, and isolate and listen to each individual instrument. Then, using sound mixing software, we will combine each instrument to make that all familiar and wonderful salsa sound. In the end, you will have a much better idea of what exactly you are listening to every time you're out there on the dance floor moving your body.

This class is intended for people who have had at least some exposure to salsa. It will be useful for everyone from near-beginners to dedicated salseros.

This class will change the way you hear and think about salsa music forever.


Here is what some people who have taken the class previously are saying:

Martha Gustafson: "I love the class. Everyone should take it. I listen to everything so much differently now -- I can hear so many more things in each song."

Jeanne Petrick: "I thoroughly enjoyed the first Salsa Music Workshop. As advertised, it provided a whole new element to my understanding and future enjoyment of salsa music. Thanks for the positive experience."