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How to Dance Mambo

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# Beginner Guides

Time for some Cuban Mambo—which means time for a fiesta! Featuring shimmies and shakes, this dance usually breaks on count two and is related to Salsa and the Cumbia. When danced within a social dance setting, there are many interpretations, depending on the country. Let's look at how to dance Mambo.

 

Timing

The bolero is danced in a  4/4 time signature to fast music, about 128 beats per minute! With 1-1-2 beat value, the dance starts on count two and dancers hold count one each measure.

This dance can be counted (1)234(1) or Quick, Quick, Slow. As a reminder, dancers will hold on count one and break (step) on count two. 

 

Breakdown of Basic Step

As a follower:

  1. Start with your weight on your left foot with your right foot free.
  2. On count two, begin to dance a "break step" backwards (simply step your right foot back)
  3. On count three, rocking weight forward to left foot, replace weight to right foot, holding count one.
  4. Repeat the same thing going forward. Break (step) forward on count two with the left foot.
  5. Replace weight back to the right foot on count three.
  6. Close left foot to right foot on count four (hold one).

 

As a leader:

  1. Break forward on count two with the left foot.
  2. Replace weight back to the right foot on count three.
  3. Close left foot to right foot on count four (hold one).
  4. On count two, begin to dance a break step backwards (right foot back).
  5. On count three, rocking weight forward to left foot, replace weight to right foot, holding count one.

Try it from Home

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Dance to the Music

We love Mambo so much we made a whole playlist! Check out our curated Spotify playlists created with dancers like you in mind. Take our playlist with you to the studio or use it to practice from home.

 

Who knows, you might find your new favorite song to jam to and get inspired by!

Now that you’re hooked on the Mambo, check out more steps on our website and App! Let’s dance!

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