Compared to LA Style, the salsa New York style is a more elegant interpretation that leverages the momentum of the dancers to create a flowing and intricate series of turns and spins where control, timing, precision and technique are emphasized over flash, acrobatics and showmanship.
The Salsa New York style is danced strictly "On 2". The clave and the tombao of the conga are the instruments on which this dance style is based on.
Many also refer to this style as "Mambo style", which similarly breaks on the second and sixth beats of every eight-beat phrase.
The New York style is typically danced more compactly than the LA style, as New York style dancers almost religiously stay in their "space" and generally take up less space on the dance floor.
New York style also tends to place a greater emphasis on performing "shines" where dancers separate and dance solo for a while.
Salsa New York style dancers are typically very serious about the musicality and timing of their dancing. To satisfy their tastes, "socials" are often held that cater to almost exclusively playing "salsa dura" (i.e. mid-to-up-tempo salsa which has an emphasis on percussion and band orchestration over the vocals, literally translating to "hard salsa").
The longest-running social in New York is the Jimmy Anton social, which is held every first, third and fifth (if there is a fifth) Sunday of the month.
New York Style's first and most famous champion is unquestionably "The Mambo King" Eddie Torres. Eddie Torres has been dancing since 1962 and has been teaching since 1970.
Countless leaders in the salsa scene have performed with the Eddie Torres dancers, such as Seaon Bristol (a.k.a. Seaon Stylist), Amanda Estilo, Eric Baez, April Genovese de la Rosa and many more.
Other important leaders in the On2 style are Frank Martinez, Ismael Otero, Tomas Guererro, Osmar Perrones, Griselle Ponce, and many others.
While the salsa New York style is the predominant style found in the eastern United States, the style is danced all across America and has in fact proliferated around the world to places like Japan, Korea, India, Israel, Germany, Holland, Canada, Hawaii, Poland, Romania, UK, Curacao, and more.