Guapea is the basic open steps in Cuban style dancing, it is the move people make by default if no other move is done, although getting more advanced it is rarely used as variations flow nonstop. The basic step are known worldwide but there are some advanced variations for the Guapea like this Styled Guapea. Some choose to make a shine such as a little kick during the pauses of the 4 and 8 beats.
The Gaupea is done always with the boy's left hand grabbing firmly onto the girl's right hand. The right form is usually that the girl's hand is grabbing the boy's thumb.
1. On 1 the boys take left foot a bit backwards shiftting the weight to the foot as well and give a little push with the left hand. The girls take the right foot backwards, the little push the boys are giving are intended to inform the girl she is walking backwards.
2. On 2 both partners stepping with the next foot in the place. Boys with the right foot, girls with the left foot.
3. On 3 both partners taking the back foot and return it to the middle back to the beginning form. Boys with the left foot, and girls with the right foot.
4. On 4 there is a pause.
5. On 5 the boys take the right foot forward and a little to the right in order to not step onto the girl's foot. The girls take the left foot forward. Remember not only to send the leg forward but to shift the weight as well. Simultaneously the boys grab or pat the girl's left hand with their right hand, both sides should press a little forward to make some tension.
6. On 6 the girls and the boys are both stepping with the next foot in the place. Boys with the left foot, and girls with the right foot. On the end of the beat the boy is pushing the girl a bit backwards with his right end, and thus handing the grab with the right-left hands.
7. On 7 both partners taking the front foot and return it to the middle back to the beginning form. Boys with the right foot, girls with the left foot.
8. On 8 there is a pause.
If no other move is done, the Guapea can be done again and again.