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Salsa Timing - Switching From On2 To On1 Salsa Timing

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					The interesting thing is that hardly anyone ever talks about switching from On2 salsa
timing to On1. Unless, you live in New York or Puerto Rico, generally speaking most
people begin learn to dance salsa emphasizing the first beat of the music, which is
commonly referred to as dancing On1.
  This is certainly how I started salsa also, learning On1 first. However, I have also
met people who have done the opposite, wanting to switch from dancing On2 to
dancing On1 in order to adjust dancing to the most popular form in a particular salsa
club where most if not all people were dancing salsa On1.
  So if you are one of those few who are wanting to learn a few simple tips to
switching your dancing from On2 to On1, read on.
  Tip # 1 - Think Of Dancing On1 In Terms Of On2
  When you want to switch from dancing On2 to On1, realize that you simply have to
switch and slightly modify the order of which you are taking your basic steps.
  I personally made the switch from dancing from On1 to On2 in one day, and by
thinking about dancing in terms of what you are familiar will help you make this
process much easier.
  Tip # 2 - Step Forward (Or Back) Instead In Place
  When the music starts to play, count the first beat of the music, but instead of
stepping in place with your left foot (as a leader in NY Style On2 when partnering) on
the first beat of the music, simply step forward.
  If you have been dancing On2 for awhile, chances are finding the first beat of the
music is easy for you. So just think of the entire process in terms of emphasizing the
first beat of the music instead of the second beat. Step forward with your left foot on
the first count and then simply repeat your steps as if you would be dancing On2. In
other words on the second beat, step in place with your right, third beat bring your left
foot slightly behind your right one and so on.
  Tip # 3 - Learn To Recognize The Core Beats
  What will make your On1 dance experience even better is learning to listen to the
instruments that compliment the 1st and the 5th beat of the music. One such
instrument, for example, is the cowbell that is played on the core beats of the music,
1,3,5,7. Other instruments that often compliment the 1st and the 5th beat of the music
are the bongo bell and the piano.
  Tip # 4 - Practice, Practice, Practice
  Although, I went from dancing On1 to On2 in one day, it took me much longer to
actually get more and more comfortable with emphasizing the second and the sixth
beat of the music. Chances are that if you want to make your On1 salsa experience
more enjoyable as well, it is going to take you longer than a day to do it as well. So
practice dancing On1 when ever you get a chance. Today, I am grateful that I have the
ability to enjoy both dancing On1 and On2 salsa timing.
  And there you have it, few simply tips to helping you switch from On2 to On1 salsa
timing.

				
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