Si uno no baila en clave – metido en el ritmo de la musica, esta bailando contra la musica.
-Pedro Aguilar “Cuban Pete”
Cuban Pete was one of the celebrated dancers of the Palladium era of mambo/salsa in the 50s. I strongly encourage watching films (here, and here) about this era of dancing to get an idea of the where salsa as a dance came from. The above quote translates to: If you don’t dance on the clave- within the rhythm of the music, you are dancing against the music. Comment below your thoughts on this quote and what it means to you.