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LA Style Salsa (On 1)

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What is LA-Style salsa?

On1 salsa, also known LA-Style salsa, is one the most common styles of salsa dancing in the Bay Area and around the world. On1 salsa dancing is so-called because dancers break forward on the first count of the measure (on 1).

On1 salsa is danced in the slot, meaning that dancers stay within the confines of a narrow rectangle (the “slot”), similar to West Coast Swing. This helps keep dancers from hitting other couples on a crowded dance floor. This distinction makes On1 salsa a linear dance, which is similar to New York-style salsa but distinct from Cuban and Colombian styles of salsa.

On1 salsa is also referred to as LA-style salsa, since dancing on 1 was first popularized in Los Angeles. LA-style salsa has a reputation for being showy with flashy moves and big tricks, although these are not a requirement for dancing on 1.

On1 salsa dancing is a good style for beginners to learn since the timing is easier to pickup than on2 salsa, and learning how to dance salsa on1 can help with learning how to dance on2. The timing is also similar to Cuban salsa, which is also danced on 1.

Where to dance On1 Salsa

On1 salsa classes can be found all over the Bay Area, especially in the South Bay, which is almost exclusively on 1. There are many schools that teach on 1 salsa in the East Bay and San Francisco as well. The following is a partial list of places that teach how dance salsa on 1:

South Bay

East Bay

San Francisco

Salsa Teams On1

The following are local salsa teams that dance on 1 salsa:

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