Transition Analysis of Salsa : A table for mapping On1 <-> On2

So I thought  I might post something that is pretty useful for me right now. I actually wrote this on a napkin at a club while I was working on my on2. Sometimes I go to the club and I see a move that I like and decompose it. Now, I can't only decompose it now, but I have to 'translate' it to the beat pattern I need to dance on. For example, if I see an On1 move, I need to figure out how to do it On1, and then translate the steps On1. If you have this similar situation on how to translate moves, I give you this useful table:


   On1 Steps   NY On2 Steps    PR On2 #1 PR On2 #2
  1 <-> 6 <->
2  2
  2 <-> 7 <-> 3 3

3 <-> 8 (pause) <-> 4 (pause) 4
Neutral 4 (pause) <-> 1 <-> 5 5 (pause)
  5 <-> 2 <-> 6 6
  6 <-> 3 <-> 7 7

7 <-> 4 (pause) <-> 8 (pause) 8
Neutral 8 (pause) <-> 5 <-> 1 1 (pause)



One thing you'll notice is that from On1 to any form of On2, there is no direct step-correlation. Why? Well, its mainly because the pauses taken are in differnt locations. Therefore, dancing On2, is slower than dancing On1. I will write an article later on about what I call 'hang-time' in order to explain this effect – but I hope this table helps some of you trying to decypher any moves you see. The amount of Hang-Time is shown in yellow for each type of style.


[UPDATED] Not sure about #2 PR, but it was submitted by a user. There might be more than 1 style in Puerto Rico.. funny, I'm Puerto Rican, and I should know… too bad that when you are growing up in PR, all you hear is reggaeton/rap. Sad that most of my childhood friends never really danced salsa.


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