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Salsa On1 vs Salsa On2
Can the On1 and On2 dance communities co-exist without bickering?

Discussion Response: Erik Rodriguez – Okinawa, Japan

-Can the On1 and On2 dance communities co-exist without bickering?

I think that as long as there is one narrow minded dancer (On1 or On2), that boasts that his or her style is the best we always have some kind of bickering. You can believe what you want as long as you don’t down talk any one else. I’ve seen awesome dancers in both styles, but nothing makes me believe that any style is better. It’s just a matter of opinion. What’s good for you may not be good for some body else.

-Why is there so much resistance towards learning how to dance On2 from established On1 dancers?

I believe the reason for this is that an established On1 dancer doesn’t want to start over. I am a convert as well and this was what I felt when I first started.

-On the contrary… Why do On2 dancers feel that they are better dancers, simply because they dance On2?

Again, this is based on opinion. The majority of the “good” dancers believe that they are better than their respective counter-parts, regardless whether they dance On1 or On2.

-Why do On2 dancers stray away from dancing On1, socially, once they have learned how to dance On2?

There are many different reasons for this. One might be the pride factor. After all that time and effort trying to learn a new trade, why not practice to stay sharp. Another might be that narrow mindedness I spoke of in the first question. I would think that someone who dances on both would be a better dancer. I believe they compliment each other rather than negate.

I hope my contributions are good enough to make your newsletter. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to help you in promoting a healthier environment between the On1 and On2 community.

Erik Rodriguez
Director of the MambOki Dance Co.

well said Erik!


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