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Eddie Torres explains Salsa On2

Thanks to our correspondent Karlos, who sent us this nice video clip of an old Eddie Torres instructional DVD. I get a lot of questions about timing and clave - and of course, the main discussion of dancing On2/On1. Here is a great find, one of the best I've seen, on what it is to dance on clave. This instruction specifically shows you how the 'tumbao' or 'el vacio' hooks into the basic salsa step. Specifically, watch how when those parts of the beat match the parts where Eddie in the video breaks forward and back. Of course, that is all I will say (to reduce the nasty-grams about On2). Anyways, a video is worth ten-thousand words.

Eddie Torres Dancers - Tribute to Tito Puente

Well, at some point in your salsa lifetime you will hear something about Eddie Torres dancers. I'm here to give you a taste of that background. For those who didn't know, Eddie Torres was the instructor who popularized On2 (the mambo-style On2) in New York. Additionally, he added a lot of more different styles (like pachanga) to his style of salsa. In this video you will see some older Eddie Torres dancers shaking everything they have. Now, why do I say 'older'? Well, because for some statistical and magical reason, most of Eddie Torres' performers now a days wear less clothing.

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