Bleh!! You argue that reading about the history of salsa creates sabor on the floor? I have my doubts about that. Not that learning the history of salsa isn't a good thing in its own right, but I seriously doubt it would improve anyone's body motion.
It became divided into 2 camps .
The point of learning about a musical culture ?, it gives a very deep insight, into the foundational aspects of that which we currently call Salsa .
By learning what went " before ", allows me to make my own interpretations , with a more informed template .
Many discuss the lack of rhythmical expression in dance-- how can anyone teach something, that they know not ?. It comes back to the fundamental concept of researching your product .
The background of all genres, are its roots . How can you plant a tree, that will grow, without roots ?
The responsibility for educating the dance public, lies squarely at the teachers feet ( no pun ) .
My concern when teaching my classes ? education-- musically and structurally . The choices need to be shown, if only for distinction , in music and styles .
This is not unique to Salsa-- it holds true for all genres of dance-- if you do not understand ( the teachers ) how the dance is constructed musically, then how possibly, can you ever turn out anything, but robotic images of that which you personally present .