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How to Do Beginner Footwork with a Partner

Learn how to do beginner bachata footwork with a partner from Latin Dance company Joel Salsa in this Howcast dance video.

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Edwin: Bachata pattern for beginners. This pattern is going to start with the basic five, six, seven and one, two, three, four, five, six, seven and one, two, three, four, in out in and one, two, three, four, in out in and one, two, three, four, five, six, seven and one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, and eight.

Now let's break it down. We're going to start with a basic five, six, seven and one, two, three, four, five, six and stop right here. We're getting ready to do the push and pull. So first thing gentlemen, is to create the space for the ladies to be able to come in. We're going to push off one, two, three and tap for your break. Here, we're going to pull each other in, so she's pulling me as well. We pull, push back, pull and the tap comes to the middle, and now we're ready to start all over again for one, two, three, four, five, six, seven and eight.

Daniela: Ladies, remember the resistance that we spoke about earlier, in our arms? Make sure you use your muscles, so the guy's not pushing the air and he's actually pushing you.

Edwin: And gentlemen, be careful not to push the ladies or pull the ladies too much. Remember that they are in heels and they need to feel that support from you. Make sure that you just push, pull, push and pull. Let's try it one more time. Five, six, seven and one, two, three, four, five, six, seven and one, two, three, four, in out in and one, two, three, four, in out in.

Now the next part is for the ladies' turn, so we're going to start with the basic one, two, three, four. Gentlemen, we prop the ladies up. This time she's not going to spin fast, so give her time. Just hold her hand up,and let her show off here, a little bit of her sexiness.

Daniela: So we're going to go for a four corner turn. What does that mean? We're going to spot the first corner and turn. Spot the second corner, third corner, and the fourth corner brings me back to my partner.

Edwin: And gentlemen, as this is happening you're making sure that you're letting the ladies take the corners, each and every corner. It's going to emphasize on her hips, so overdoing is marking the time. Let's try that slowly. Five, six, basic and one, two, three, tap. Here she goes, tap.

Daniela: One, two, three, tap. Five, six, seven, tap. One, two, three, tap and five, six, seven, tap.

Edwin: Now let's demonstrate this with music.

Daniela: Remember ladies, feel sexy, move your hips.

Edwin: We're going to demonstrate it one more time and different ways that you can add some variation and that is your basic bachata pattern for couples.

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