casasalsa, (You haven't been rude). I must say, your explanation of the basic chacha rhythm is a bit heady for me. Both my kids are associated with a (non-ballroom) latin studio that I suspect is the same type that the original poster is affiliated with. They have been around since the mid 90's. They happen to also teach salsa. I think I know where this young lady is coming from and like many of the posters advised,....just get in there and start learning. It will come. I bet the next time we hear from her, assuming that she has started taking classes and works hard at it, she will tell us that salsa is easier then she thought. LOL When my daughter was studying afro-cuban dance with Alien Ramirez (...for a couple of years,....and the first day almost killed her. LOL) she was taught the moves and danced them to the music that Alien would play. Even though some of the moves were very difficult, with it's complex syncopated rythyms and difficult movements/isolations, her dance training (tech.), her abiltiy to count and to remember the moves allowed her to pick it up very rapidly. (refer to Josh's thread #59). Then one class, Alien decided to give an a-c music theory class. She even brought a professional latin percussionist to demonstrate the instruments. It was a fascinating class and everyone loved it. She explained the clave rythyms and some of the other instrumental rythyms. (I am sure the cascara pattern was demonstrated) Missy, being like the majority of the dancers in the class, was overwhelmed with all the information. She was quite content with just..."dancing to the music". I don't think the class made anyone a better a-c dancer, just a little wiser, musically. casasalsa, you should have been a latin percussionist. From a musicians standpoint, you seem to love the latin rythyms.