How to Dance the Mambo


Learn how to dance the mambo! Here you'll see a demonstration of the basic steps and moves in mambo dancing in this free video series of Latin dance lessons for beginners.

Series Summary

Mambo refers to both a musical and dance style which first became popular in Cuba in the 1940s. It got its name from a song by Orestes and Cachao López called “Mambo,” which was heavily influenced by the African rhythms of the Haitian culture. In fact, the word Mambo is actually the name of a Haitian Voodoo priestess. By the 1950s the mambo dance was all the rage in the New York, and even today it remains one of the most popular ballroom dances in the world. In this series of free Latin dance video lessons you’ll learn the basic footwork a beginner needs to dance the Mambo. Expert dance instructors Susan Fisher & Alex Ruiz will teach you all the basic steps of mambo, including tips and techniques for finding the rhythm and a variety of breaks, crossovers, and turns that will have you dancing like a real pro in no time.

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