Mambo Club

MAMBO CLUB

mambo dance classes

Join the Mambo Club (Salsa On 2) every Monday from 7p to 8p at the Palm Beach Dancing Studio. Learn how to dance the Mambo or Salsa on 2 with world class instructors Webert and Natalia Benoit. Classes start on Monday, February 3rd, 2020 at 7pm. $10 per person with yearly registration ($15) and $15 pay as you go.

We use the “Salsa-100 DVD” System for this class: 100 steps from newcomer dancers to master dancers. 

MAMBO CLUB STRUCTURE

The Mambo Club students will learn 100 steps based on the Salsa-100 curricculum: 100 steps divided in five groups and 10 levels.

1- Newcomer Group  : Level-1 and Level-2 ; steps 1-20 

2- Beginner Group : Level-3 and Level-4  ; steps 21-40 

3- Intermediate Group : Level-5 and Level-6 ;  steps 41-60

4- Advanced Group : Level-7 and Level 8 ; steps 61-80

5- Master Group : Level 9 and Level-10  ; steps 81-100

GROUP DESCRIPTION

1- The Newcomer group, which includes level 1 and level 2 is from steps No1 to No20. This group covers all types of Salsa basics and Underarm Turns, and an introduction to Cross body Lead, open break, and Hammerlocks as well as some basic technique that will help you understand the music and leading/following. This is the most important group because you cannot build a beautiful house without a strong foundation, and that’s what learning the basic elements does for you.

2- The Beginner Group, which includes level 3 and level 4, is from steps No21 to No40. This is the continuation of the newcomer group and the introduction of new elements such as three step turn, back spot, cuddle, peek-a-boo, copa, swivel, visual lead, hand changed behind the back…etc and lots more.

3- The Intermediate Group, which includes level 5 and level 6, is from from steps No41 to No60. This is the development of all the beginner figures with the introduction of double left and right turns, foot change, sweetheart, and quick spin.

4- The Advanced Group, which includes level 7 and level 8, is from steps No61 to No80. This is the development of some of the intermediate level figures and introduction to new concept of solo figures, as well as the application of some of the solo figures with a partner.

5- The Master Group, which includes level 9 and level 10, is from steps No81 to No100. This group has more intricate figures with introduction of syncopated footwork, toe heel cross, continuous spin, dip, lunge, leg wrap…etc

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History

In the late 1940s, Perez Prado came up with the dance for the mambo music and became the first person to market his music as mambo, meaning “conversation with the gods” in the Kongo language, spoken by Central Africans, After Havana, Prado moved his music to Mexico, where his music and the dance was adopted. The original mambo dance was characterized by freedom and complicated foot-steps. Some Mexican entertainers became well known dancers like Tongolele, Adalberto Martínez, Rosa Carmina, Tin Tan and Lilia Prado. Most of these accompanied Prado in live presentations or were seen in Mexican films.

The Mambo dance that was invented by Perez Prado and was popular in the 1940s and 50s in Cuba, Mexico City, and New York is completely different from the modern dance that New Yorkers now call Mambo and which is also known as Salsa “on 2”. The original mambo dance contains no breaking steps or basic steps at all. The Cuban dance wasn’t accepted by many professional dance teachers. Cuban dancers would describe mambo as “feeling the music” in which sound and movement were merged through the body. Professional dance teachers in the US saw this approach to dancing as “extreme,” “undisciplined,” and thus, deemed it necessary to standardize the dance to present it as a sell-able commodity for the social or ballroom market

Americanization

The modern dance from New York was popularized in the 1980s by Eddie Torres, Angel Rodriguez of Razz M’Tazz Mambo Dance Company, and others, many of whom were 2nd generation New York Puerto Ricans. This style is sometimes danced to mambo music, but more often to salsa dura (old-school salsa). It is termed “mambo on 2” because the break, or direction change, in the basic step occurs on count 2. The Eddie Torres and Razz M’ Tazz schools each have different basic steps, even though they share this same basic feature. Eddie Torres describes his version as a “street” style he developed out of what he saw on the Bronx streets. The Razz M’Tazz version is closer to the Palladium mambo (from the Palladium ballroom in the 1950s), whose basic step was in turn derived from Cuban son, with which it shares its timing (234 – 678, with pauses on 1 and 5) both styles derived from the American Mambo with the freestyle steps based on jazz and tap steps.

Join the Mambo Club (Salsa On 2) every Monday from 7p to 8p at the Palm Beach Dancing Studio. Learn how to dance the Mambo or Salsa on 2 with world class instructors Webert and Natalia Benoit. Classes start on Monday, February 3rd, 2020 at 7pm. $10 per person with yearly registration ($15) and $15 pay as you go.

 

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