Kudos on being able to find the clave...(or implied clave). It took me three months to consistently hear it once I started looking for it. However, you don't really worry about that for the beginning stages of salsa dancing. Though I've noticed that as they advance the dancers who can find the clave have much better musicality. But in the beginning it was of no help to these guys and trying to find it hindered their ability to utilize the 8 counts properly. Plus the beats you mentioned aren't quite right on the clave. In the Definition of Dancing On2 by Steven Shaw, a great article for finding the clave, put it this way: "...the 2/3 clave instrument taps out 2, 3, 5, 6 1/2, 8... And the 3/2 clave taps out 1, 2 1/2, 4, 6, 7... " He goes on to tell you what steps we take on those beats, but as it is for On2 I didn't want to confuse you. Count the beat out loud 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8. If you're a guy left foot forward on 1, right foot back on 5, if you're a girl switch those counts. The pauses are on 4 and 8. As I recall I've been told 4 and 8 are downbeats or not noticeable. Some male students put a tap in on them until they're comfortable just holding that beat. I've danced with guys and the only thing they can find is the 1...but that was all they need. I do On1, On2 and am learning to lead both. If you can find the 1, and keep a constant rhythm you're golden. Hope some of this helps you.