In general the dancers fall into two categories, by modern definition, "two dancers" and "three dancers". You don’t have to take my word for it. I refer you again to the features section of the magazine and read a report from Marla Friedler (again!) of one of her trips to NYC. She says: "In New York nobody dances on the "One"; they dance on the "Two", or the "Three". She goes on to call "Two Dancers" "trained dancers" and "Three Dancers" "untrained dancers."
"The greatest deception people suffer is from their own opinions."
They have danced whenever a social occasion (birthday parties, baptismals, dia de santo, having a party for the hell of it, etc.) brings family and friends together; yeah, those are "untrained dancers"… I may be wrong but I think she has it upside down. In any case, I prefer to call "untrained dancers", to any count, "cultural dancers"; they dance because it is in their culture.
"Mi Tierra" by Gloria Estefan
There is a third group of New York dancers, I grant you that it is a dying breed, but it is still there. It is what I can only call "cultural Two dancers". These are remnants of past explosions in the music’s popularity when people simply learn to dance on the dance floor; in their homes with their friends; watching others; stepping on each others feet; going for it. The last such explosion took place in the early 70’s. There was a club called the Cheetah where the New York Latin youth was introduced by the thousands to Salsa by the Fania All Stars.
"No Hay Igual" por Nelly Furtado
"No Me Digas Adios" por Azucar Moreno
That is the way it is in New York. Once you dance outside the few places where the dance studio crowd hangs out, you are on your own; you enter the real world of social interaction; no more "lets practice the CBL with the triple combo with side kick and double time shuffle". Or the "the double underarm sniff con tres vueltas en un pie" It is "Social Basics Level One".
Was Mambo "the original dance"? Is there anything preceding the Mambo that we can associate Salsa with?