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Dancing a Percussive Counterpoint: Introduction

The clave rhythm stream courses through every salsa song. It is either explicitly stated by a percussionist, or implied by all musicians in its absence; who must still interpret the song as if it was actually being played. Melodies, vocals and other rhythm patterns might change, but the clave stays the same. It is the universal constant of salsa.

As a dancer this means a lot. It means that as long as you can properly discern the location of the clave stream in a song and can dance to clave, you will be able to dance to any salsa song, known or as yet unwritten.

Take a moment to understand how powerful a skill that is.

And after just four tutorials, we're nearly there. You only need to absorb a few more things…


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