I am really enjoying this thread! It is so hard to explain in words what sabor is. Boriquen and tangotime, you are doing a GREAT job explaining it. But I think it is still difficult to understand for people who might never have seen a dancer who truly has sabor. And that is probably the case for most salsa dancers out there now. I am neither latina nor am I old (at least I don't think so, hehe) but I have been in the salsa scene for 15 years and at the beginning of the 90s I danced my way "up" to and with Puerto Rican leads who really had that sabor you are talking about. And when you go to a great dance in Puerto Rico (I am not talking about the dances at the salsa congresses!), you can still see people who have that sabor. But in any other place I have been in the western world, you hardly ever see people with this ingredient anymore. I would assume that you can see it in NYC, though. My husband and I went to the "I Love Salsa" concert in DC in February and there you had sabor and 100% "non sabor" right next to each other on the dance floor, it was so obvious, too bad I do not have a video to post here. It would be a perfect example. There were two guys who really caught my attention because they were so annoying. They were all absorbed in themselves and their technical moves and shines, danced by themselves and if they danced with a partner they did not pay any attention to her (I really disliked their dancing or what they thought was dancing). I did not see them do one basic step, they just did move after shine after shine etc. and to me all their moves looked just totally empty, technical (probably just got out of dance school) and totally disconnected from the music. And they thought they were so "hot" (give me a break, yawn...). Nor did they pay any attention to the music, they did their same thing to all songs. And then right next to them there were a few "old school" Puerto Rican guys dancing with their partners and it was a DELIGHT for me to watch them because they had sabor! All they did was the basic step and some basic turns but I could have watched them all night long, it reminded me of my "old" salsa days.