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the world of Salsa
“Salsa” is a broad term used to describe a family of Afro-Latin rhythms and dances. The partner dance you may commonly know as Salsa, has various styles that originate from different parts of Latin and North America. Learning to dance Salsa is like learning a new language, therefore it’s important to distinguish one style from another.
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Mambo on2 / Salsa on1
If you are part of the Salsa community, you may be familiar with terms like “On2” and “On1′ or “in-line.” Perhaps at a Salsa party you’ve noticed people dancing different styles or accenting different counts?
The primary styles you may be seeing are Salsa On1 and Mambo On2. Both of theses styles are danced “in-line” as apposed to Cuban styles which use circular patterns.
Salsa On1 is based on a style from Los Angeles (founded by the Vasquez Brothers) called L.A Style. The dominant count in this style is count 1, or the first beat of the music. L.A Style is sharper and danced with bigger steps, using more space.
Some Cuban Salsa styles also use count 1 as the breaking count. Cuban Salsa typically uses round patterns and configurations.
Mambo On2 is danced closer together, with smaller steps, focus on cadence and emphasis on the second beat of the music, hence the name “On 2.” Although many dancers and musicians have influenced Mambo On2, Eddie Torres (New York) is commonly known as the dancer who solidified New York Style Mambo. Other prominent dancers from Cuba and Puerto Rico have influenced “On2” or “contratempo” style salsa.
As with everything, the dance continues to evolve. At Oropuro we refer to Salsa as Mambo On2 because this is the fundamental style we teach.
Are you wanting to make the switch from On1 to On2?
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