Learn Salsa Shines Online

Shines are an important aspect of Salsa dancing in which the partners temporarily split apart from each other to show off a variety of fancy footwork variations before reconnecting to continue the dance as a couple.

Given that shines can be danced solo or while maintaining social distancing, they're the perfect way to keep dancing (or start dancing) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this comprehensive online course, you will learn more than 50 different shine steps you can use to spice up your social Salsa dancing. In addition, you will learn how to improvise your own shines to fit any piece of music by creatively repurposing the essential vocabulary you will learn in this course.

The shines in this course will primarily be taught in "On 1" timing (LA Style) for the Lead, but we'll also show you several different ways you can easily convert each of these steps into the Follow's "On 1" timing, as well as both the Lead's timing and the Follow's timing for "On 2" (NY Style) Salsa, so you'll be well-prepared to shine while dancing with any partner.

What You Will Learn

  • 3


    • Forward and Back Basic

    • In Place Basic ("Merengue" Step)

    • Back Breaks

    • Diagonal Back Breaks

    • Side Breaks (Side Basic)

    • Diagonal Forward Breaks

    • Forward Breaks

    • Crossover Breaks

    • Fallaway Breaks (Cumbia Basic)

    • Combining Basics

    • Tapped Basics

    • Double-Time Taps (Mambo Taps)

    • Step Touch (Piano Step)

    • Lock Taps

    • Hot Toe (to Change the Timing)

    • Inverted Basics

    • Tap and Go

    • Tap Tap Go

    • The Slide

  • 4


    • Right Spot Turn

    • Left Spot Turn

    • Broken Left Turn

    • Interrupted Left Turn

    • Back Spin

    • Slow Right Turn

    • Slow Left Turn

    • Right Paddle Turn

    • Left Paddle Turn

    • Quarter Turns (The Chase)

    • Locked Right Turn

    • Locked Left Turn

    • Instant Turn

    • Bounced Half Turns

    • Bounced Full Turns

  • 5

    Cross Steps

    • Jazz Square

    • Crossovers

    • Forward and Back Crossovers

    • Side and Cross

    • Touch and Cross

    • Flare (Cross and Touch)

    • Forward and Back Flare

    • In and Outs

    • Out and Ins

    • Double Taps (Tap Tap Crossover)

    • Suzy-Qs

    • Long Suzy-Qs

    • Suzy-Q Plus

    • In and Out Suzy-Q

    • Suzy-Q with Double Taps

    • Suzy-Q with Side and Cross

    • Suzy-Q with Grapevine Kicks

    • Suzy-Q Kick

    • Suzy-Q Double Kick

    • Suzy-Q with Paddle Turn

    • Suzy-Q to Locked Left Turn

    • Strut and Suzy-Q

    • Long Strut

    • Cross Steps (Three Ways)

    • Backing Cross Steps

    • Shuffle Step (Forward)

    • Shuffle Step (Backward)

  • 6

    Dancing Shines Socially

    • Getting Into and Out of Salsa Shines

    • The Follow Role in Salsa Shines

    • The Lead Role in Salsa Shines

  • 7

    Body Styling

    • Hip Styling

    • Arm Styling

  • 8

    Improvisation and Musicality

    • Improvisation

    • Musicality

  • 9

    Other Timings

    • Converting to Follow's "On 1" Timing

    • Converting to Follow's "On 2" Timing

    • Converting to Lead's "On 2" Timing

  • 10

    The Master List

    • The Master List

The Music

Here's a preview of some of the exciting Salsa music this course will teach you to dance to:

Your Instructors

Nick & Melissa Enge

Nick & Melissa Enge are social dance instructors at the University of Texas, where they teach hundreds of students how to dance every semester. They are known for their relaxed, fun-loving approach to dancing, which puts even the most terrified students at ease. Given that their in-person classes are always full, with a waitlist, they created this site so that anyone, anywhere can learn from them at any time, and experience the joy of dancing!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What will I learn in this course?

    In this course, you'll learn more than 50 different Salsa shine steps through more than four hours of step-by-step instruction. While each shine will initially be taught in Lead's "On 1" timing, you'll also learn how to convert each shine into Follow's "On 1" timing as well as "On 2" timing for both roles. In addition, you will learn how to incorporate shines into your social dancing, how to improvise new shines and dance more musically, and how to incorporate body styling.

  • Why should I learn Salsa shines online?

    In our online classes, everyone gets the best view, instead of having to crane their neck to see what the teacher is doing. In addition, when learning online, you can watch the lessons over and over again (now, and any time in the future), as well as rewinding or slowing down the video if you need more help with a particular step.

  • Why should I learn Salsa shines from you?

    In developing this course, we evaluated hundreds of shine steps we could teach you, then picked only the very best ones: the ones that we see the most often on the dance floor, the ones that our students most enjoy dancing, and the ones that will most useful for you to know in the future. Then, once we had a list of the very best shines, we thought long and hard about the most effective ways we could help you learn each one. As opposed to many other online sources of shines where you might only get a quick demonstration of the step, in the 4.75 hours of instruction you will receive in this course, you'll actually get a step-by-step breakdown of each individual shine as well as many specific tips about the finer points of dancing them.