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. Alternatively, you may count Quick, Quick, Slow – Quick, Quick, Slow. The Slow takes up 2 beats so it is the same thing as the numerical count. Please watch the Salsa timing video below for better clarity and explanation of the Salsa count.
Salsa Timing Video Explanation: