Salsa on1 (LA style)
On1, or LA-style salsa, means you break forward on the first count. It differs from Cuban salsa as it is danced on a straight line (this helps dancers from bumping into each other on a crowded dancefloor!).
Salsa on2 (New York style)
On2, or New York-style salsa, means you break forward on the second count. Like LA-style salsa, it is danced on a straight line (this helps dancers from bumping into each other on a crowded dancefloor!).
On2 style salsa is also referred to as 'Mambo'. It is generally trickier for complete salsa novices to learn the timing to on2, which is why we recommend starting with on1 before transitioning. Many experienced dancers enjoy dancing on2 because of its musicality and its connection with the clave and tumbao. On2 style salsa is a known for it's smooth and elegant patterns with great footwork.
Although Salsa is a partnered dance, shines are a chance for each dancer to show off their solo moves! A shine is usually done during the instrumental of the music and followers always wait for the leader to initiate a shine. Shines are just as important as partner work and it is important to focus on these just as much. Learning shines will not only improve your dancing but is a great way to showcase how great you can really move!
Bachata is a dance that originated from the Dominican Republic. The dance is based on three, on-beat steps followed by a tap. Bachata's simplicity makes it very beginner-friendly and is a great introduction to other dances such as salsa.