In this dance video lesson I explain the Salsa timing and count. As a beginner, it is very important for you to understand that there are a total of 8 beats in every phrase of Salsa music. However, when you are dancing, you are usually only making 6 steps within 1 phrase. So how do we count 8 beats to 6 steps? Easy! We pause on count “4” and count “8”. So the most common count used in Salsa is 1,2,3-5,6,7 (counts 4 and 8 are pauses). In the Salsa timing video I illustrate the most basic step to the count as an example.
Salsa Timing Video Explanation: