For salsa 2 folks, the inside underarm turn in balboa:

11. Multi-turn with an apache (behind the back)


Lady turns with Gent's
hand on her waist


To reduce the stress on the
lady's arm, the switch behind
the back should go from
below waist-high to...


...waist high. Careful, the
lady is particularly vulnerable
on this move

The leader can do as many turns as he wants and then he can do an apache in break time.

For the leader, on the last counterclockwise turn, doing break time, on 1, he steps with his left foot while turning the follower counterclockwise. On 2, he steps with his right foot turning the follower counterclockwise. On 3, he steps with his left foot and places the follower's right hand behind her back with his left. At the same time, he reaches around the other side of the follower with his right hand and takes the follower's right wrist by gently wrapping his right hand's thumb and middle finger around the follower's wrist. On 4, he does a hold with his right foot and allows the follower to start gently unwinding clockwise. On 5, he steps with his right allowing the follower to unwind clockwise. On 6, he steps with his left as the follower continues to unwind clockwise. On 7, he kicks with his right as the follower finishes turning. There should be counter balance connection at this point between the leader and the follower.

Now to spin the follower back into closed position, on 8, he steps with his right and pulls the follower toward him with a slight j hook and release to lead the follower to turn counterclockwise. The rest of the footwork is in break time: step, step, step, hold. On 1, he steps with his left foot forward. On 2, he steps with his right foot turning clockwise. On 3, he steps with his right foot and continues turning clockwise. On 4, he does a hold with his right foot and allows his momentum to continue the clockwise turn.

For the follower: as she does her last counterclockwise turn she will have her right hand put behind her back an then she will be unwound clockwise. Her hand is behind her back on 4 when her weight is on her right foot. On 5, she steps with her left foot turning clockwise. On 6, she steps with her right foot and continues to unwind clockwise. On 7, she kicks with her left foot. There should be counter balance connection at this point between the leader and the follower.

For the follower to spin back into closed position, on 8, she steps with her left foot toward the leader. On 1, she steps forward with her right foot as she is leader to turn counterclockwise. On 2, she steps with her left foot turning counterclockwise. On 3, she steps with her right foot turning counterclockwise. On 4, she does a hold with her right foot, break. From here, the follower continues with basic footwork in closed position starting with the right foot.

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