Agreed. Musiciality takes a while and overall salsa is less mature as a scene. Yes, complexity is an excuse. The percussion section is much more complex than most WCS music, but that actually should give us MORE options, rather than less in the salsa scene. Our dance can reflect the percussion, horns, voice/melody and switch back and forth as desired. The complexity ultimately gives us richer options. Couples who have a large floor should use it, in WCS or salsa. I've seen amazing WCS dancers dance in a small space if that is the gig. In those clips, they are all in performance mode with nobody else on the floor. Most of the elite salsa people will do that given the same spotlight. (You play to more of the audience if you move around.) You have that right... more styles and you need to listen and reflect the feel of the music. There is no excuse here, we can do the same thing in salsa but most nights you'll see most people doing the same moves to slow song verses a fast song (just one aspect of the tune). WCS people are taught from the beginning to respect the mood/feel of the music sooner than most salsa dancers. You have a good point there. Lindy hoppers probably have less overall variety due to their tempo, but that wouldn't apply to the elite dancers. At fast tempos, you have additional options in many tunes. You can also spread things out over two bars (16 counts) that are "normally" done over 8 counts, IF the music has places where that makes sense. As a rule, if a tune is fast, that is the percussion section bubbling along. The singers and/or horn players often have sections that float over the percussion, spanning multiple bars. (Great music usually has contrast within it's structure.) Most salsa dancers are dancing to the percussion exclusively but there are many possibilities to express the music via the other instruments if one chooses. In traditional Afro-Cuban, it's roots are percussion and voice, so it makes sense we start there as salsa dancers. On the maturity issue: Most new dancers don't like slower tunes as much (exceptions are all over the place, if they have other dance experience). There are more slower tunes in WCS, so people are forced to deal with that aspect of their dancing earlier in their development.