Cuban Salsa: Setenta (70) con Finta

We have three good versions of the basic Setenta (70) move, and it is confusing to use the same name for all of them. In order to make things easier, especially if we want to call the move in Rueda de Casino, where we would like synchronisation of all the couples, it is nice to use three names for the three different variations. I propose the following names.

  1. Setenta (almost half of all Setenta videos)
  2. Setenta con Finta (less common but equally good)
  3. Setenta con Alarde (almost half of all Setenta videos)

Setenta con Alarde is the easy one and consists of only two counts of eight, the other Setentas have three counts of eight, an extra Enchufla at the end. The difference between Setenta and Setenta con Finta is that instead of the Finta on 5-6-7 of the second count of eight, the Lead brings the Follow behind and around him by an arm moment over his head.

The Hammerlock of Setenta can be done with three methods, see my blogpost: Cuban Salsa: How to do the Hammerlock in Setenta, where I argue for always to use Vacilala Steps as in the following video.

Video Clip #1 is from a “Rueda.Casino” (Norwegian Rueda Standard) video, Oslo, Norway, 2020. This video is one of the few free videos at “”, at the moment you must pay for access to most of their new series of beautiful videos.

Original Rueda.Casino video on Vimeo

Alarde and Finta

Alarde means “decoration”, but should only be used for arm movements over the Lead’s or the Follow’s head. A Finta is an “on/off” Alarde.

Note that the Finta in the video comes equally divided on 5-6-7. The rule of thumb is, that if nothing else happens on 5-6-7, the Alarde takes place evenly divided over the half count of eight, unless the music or something else is a good argument for doing it delayed in the situation. If we use 5-6-7 for some other thing, one can throw in an Alarde or Finta very late even as late as on 7-8.

Named moves are just a convenient way to train one or more basic figures or other basic features of Cuban Salsa. And named moves can also be called in Rueda de Casino.

In Setenta con Finta we train the concept of the Finta, that we can add it in whenever it feels natural on 5-6-7, or on 1-2-3 for that matter.

The rest of Setenta con Finta is almost “irrelevant” and could one day be put aside, we have exactly the same in almost all other figures in the big Setenta family of moves.


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