Salsa Dance – Basic Scallop

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional dance instructor Terry Dean demonstrates the basic scallop of the Salsa dance.

    Terry Dean

    Terry is the owner and principal male dance instructor of Terry Dean’s Dance Studio, in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has been teaching ballroom dancing for 30 years and opened his own successful studio following a 19 year career with Arthur Murray Dance Studios. Terry has received accolades for his choreography and has been honored as Virginia State’s Top Studio and Top Teacher twice. He and his staff teach students of all levels, whether they are interested in social dancing, exhibition dancing, or competitive ballroom dance sport. He has led many of his students to win top level gold medal competitions, and he is pleased to share his expertise with you today.

    Terry Dean: Hi! I am Terry Dean from Terry Dean Dance Studio. Today we are working on the Salsa. Next we are going to do is the Scallop step. Scallop is a unique little Salsa step so I think you have a lot of fun doing it. The idea with the Scallop is what we call the feinting action and what happens is we are going to do the basic step here and then we were both going to learn how to do a back rock away from each other. When we do back rock we turn away, then she is going to step around and cross her feet and then come back and close. Let me demonstrate that again. So we going to do basic, quick-quick-slow-and, quick-quick-slow-and, quick-quick-slow-and, quick-quick-slow-and, quick-quick-slow, basic Scallop. Its not very hard buts its little tricky to lead in the beginning. So you are going to have to make sure you got a nice handhold. You do your basic step. Now you have got to turn your body to your left so that leads the lady to the right so you both do the back rock, back rock. Now your turn your body back that leads the lady to step across herself and then she come forward side together, you go back side together. So I am going to demonstrate a little slower and then I am going to break it down. So we are going to do rock-step-step, rock-step-step-back rock, quick-quick-Scallop and out we close and, quick-quick-slow-and, quick-quick-slow, good. So man you are doing a basic step, quick-quick-slow-and, quick-quick-slow-and, instead of doing a forward rock this time, you are going to do a back rock, quick-quick-slow and when you do this back rock what happens is your body turns to the left, quick-quick and then comes back to the right for the slow. So it goes, quick-quick-slow-and then you are going to do back side, close and back into your basic. So it goes, quick-quick-slow-and, quick-quick-slow-and, back rock, quick-quick-slow-and back side together, quick-quick-slow-and, quick-quick-slow. Okay, one more time and quick-quick-slow-and, quick-quick-slow-and, back rock-Scallop back side together. Now when I do this back rock Scallop now watch what I do with my top, back rock, turn my top to the right as I do my little tap because thats what leads the lady to do her little Scallop. So we kind of go rock, step, Scallop and then back side together. So thats why its so important to be able to maintain this top frame without letting to break dance or you dont have to manipulate, all you have to do is do your feet, quick-quick-slow your body will turn, quick-quick-slow and it comes back. Let me do the ladies and then I will demonstrate again. So again ladies are going to do the basic, quick-quick-slow-and, quick-quick-slow, we do the fifth position rock, quick-quick and then he is going to turn you to come around and when you do your feet swivel and then you step forward and swivel the other way and, quick-quick-slow. So it goes rock-step-step, rock-step-close. So from the fifth position I do the back rock, rock step thats my first little feint and notice what happens is when I turn on my supporting leg, my right foot just goes along for the right. Then I step on my right foot and my left foot goes for the right and then I do forward side together and that leads back to my basic step again. So its a real trick here for the lady but its not very hard. So its just a matter of learning these simple little actions of doing the back rock-rock-step, step up, round across yourself and then across yourself again and then forward side to close. One more time so she goes rock, step across yourself, across yourself again and forward side close. I will demonstrate it with Cindy, again we have the basic step rock-step-step, rock-step-step, fifth position she steps across, comes back and close. Basic Scallop and again quick-quick-slow-and, quick-quick-slow-and, quick-quick-slow-and, quick-quick-slow-and, quick-quick-slow and back to the basic. The main thing again is keep this top very round and stay with your partner leaned in, quick-quick-slow-and, quick-quick-slow fall back, she sweeps around and notice that her skirt is bouncing, you really need a bouncy skirt in Salsa so you get a lot of bounce. Again we go quick-quick-slow, quick-quick-slow, she feints, swivels around and . and thats your basic Salsa Scallop. Next we are going to do -- what we are going to is try to put them together so you get an idea of what they look like all put together.