I would describe my timing as "pretty ok". I know where I am in time but still have a layer of numbers on top of the music. I'm trying to reach the next level by feeling the music and dancing to the rhythm of the music rather than numbers on top of music. I started doing African Dance to help with that. The African Dancing is certainly helping, I am starting to hum the timing now rather than count it. When dancing on2, the Clave ( 2, 3, 5, 6&, 8 ) and Slap of the Conga ( 2, 6 ) hold your timing. On some songs I do hear the Clave and Slap of Conga. But most songs I cannot. The 1 and 5 seem to dominate. I know where the 2 and 6 are because that follows 1 and 5 which are very audible to me. Do any of you hear either the Clave or Slap of the Conga in all songs? If you do, how long have you been dancing/listening to music?