1457556532As hot as Havana itself, Mambo music and the dance craze it sparked in the 1940’s are still favorites at the studio. Though the music can be traced to Africa, the dance as we know it today has its roots in Cuba where dancers used quick footwork and provocative hip movement to express the wild feeling that the great Afro-Cuban bands inspired in them. The dance arrived in New York in the late 40’s when Cuban and Puerto Rican Bandleaders began whipping crowds into a frenzy with their relentless rhythms in the great ballrooms like the Palladium. By the mid 1950’s Mambo was the rage all across America.

Today Mambo and Salsa are still extremely popular worldwide. Latin rhythms have found their way in to a variety of musical styles making Mambo a must for dancers these days. The dance still retains its original hip action, fast footwork and flirtatious nature while combining the spins and dips found in more recent dance styles. When a barrage of timbales, congas and other percussion instruments call you to move to their rhythm, Mambo will serve you best.

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