How to Do the Styled Side-Together Step in Merengue

Learn how to do the styled side-together step in merengue from professional dancers Ernesto Palma and Crystal Rodriguez in this Howcast dance video.

Speaker 1: You’re trying to get a style. There is a step that you do while you’re dancing, your basic step. When you get more comfortable with your partner this is a step you can throw instead of having to do a full turn and trying to figure it out. This could be a time for the leader to try and figure it out and think about what can I do. It’s not that complicated but still a little stylish.

Again, it has to be with a person sometimes that you feel more comfortable with so it doesn’t come across as a little, what would you say, a little.

Speaker 2: Improper.

Speaker 1: Improper.

Speaker 2: Sometimes the music calls for it so it’s a drop almost in the music.

Speaker 1: It’s a drop and it totally has to be communication from your body to the follower. So, I’ll show it to you first. If I had my dance position, close dance position so we’re doing one, two, three, anytime I want I can go one and come back to my follower.

Again, just for the leaders just to remind you about this, don’t go for the pelvis. Still, just go down when you want, make sure as you do I still keep myself in my position and I come back to her.

Let me show you with the music. Five, six, seven, that’s your side step, step.