Day 22: Cross Front Turn

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I pretty much made up the name for this turn, but I am sure you have seen it done before. This is a pretty common salsa turn, and I think it is one of the most fun ones because it can be used so musically AND it’s easy!!!
Thank goodness we have something easy again! Now, of course there are always ways to make things more difficult, so if you so choose, try some more complicated variations of the turn. Play around with it, invent, create, mess up, have fun! That being said we won’t get too technical with this one. Of course, all the same technical tips that I have been repeating over and over thes past weeks (you know the ones) are all very useful here as well, especially if you want to feel really confident in your  execution and how you look doing it. Still, take this day to let loose a little bit. For this turn you can actually turn on both feet at the same time or you can shift your weight to the back foot as you turn. You can also jump into it (my favorite). It really depends on what look you are going for. Try it on both sides. Try it fast, slow, sharp, funky, anything you want. This is one of my go-to turns for hitting a nice beat in the music.
Remember:
  • Have fun. Seriously, that is my main concern with this one. If you have fun with it, I know you will use it in real life. And I really think you should!
  • Be aware of your feet, hips, arms and balance. Keep your weight centered either between both feet or on the back foot.
  • Spot. UNLESS (I bet you didn’t expect that) you are turning slowly. In this case it is not really necessary.
  • Get creative!!

I hope you enjoy these turns as much as I do. They are fun and a great way to add some simple musicality to your dancing.

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