La Pelota Clave




The ball clave

Rueda move:


Rueda Sign:

Make a sign as though dribbling a basketball, followed by 2 index fingers tapping on each other

Eight Counts:



The most “advanced” of the La Pelota series, this move is based on the CLAVE, the most basic and fundamental rhythm of salsa music. The clave used in this move is mostly 2:3 son clave, but a cantante can call any of the 4 typical calve patterns. The 2:3 son clave is played on beat 2,3, 5, 6.5 and 8, thus those are beats on which La Pelota Clave is performed. After a Dame move or in Hombres El Centro configuration, step on 1, and then clap on the 2:3 son clave beats. If referring to stomping sounds as “ta” and clapping sounds as “pa”, it should sound something like “tum pa pa, pa, pa, pa”. Notice the different intervals between the sounds; there is no interval between the step and the 1st 2 claps. There is a 2 beat interval between the 2nd and 3rd claps (between the 3 and the 5), and a 1.5 beat interval between the 3rd, 4th and 5th claps(between the 5, the 6.5 and the 8).