Mambo is a fusion of Cuban and American dance, characterized musically by a strong Afro – Cuban beat. Mambo is an exciting dance which allows you to develop your own feeling and expression. Because Mambo is such a fun dance, good Mambo dancers are always popular and in demand as partners.


The Mambo was originally played as any Rumba dance with a riff ending. It may be described as a riff or a Rumba with emphasis on the fourth beat. Originally played by some musicians in 2/4 time with a break or emphasis on 2 and 4. Native Cubans or dancers, without any training would break on any beat. The wild exciting music and rhythmical body movements make the earthy Mambo irresistible.

In the 1940′s Americans became fascinated by Latin American rhythms. The original Mambo music, El Guardia Con El Toileted, had its beginning in 1944 as a Rumba with a riff improvisation. Arthur Murray Studios became famous for turning out some of the best Mambo dancers of the era. As the parent of Cha Cha and Salsa, the Mambo is an exciting challenge for all dancers.

The Mambo Latin ballroom dance was conceived with the uniting of Cuban and American Jazz. Anselmo Sacasas’ record “Mambo” in 1944 was likely the beginning, followed by other Latin American bandleaders such as Tito Rodriguez, Pupi Campo, Tito Puente, Perez Prado, Machito and Xavier Cugat. If you want to get in on the action, sign up for our Mambo dance lessons in Etobicoke, today!


The components of Mambo are rock steps and side steps and foot styling includes points, kicks or flicks. The Latin hip movement in Mambo is an important aspect of the dance. The overall flavour of the dance is contained in the translation of the word Mambo which means “shake it” or “say it”.


Mambo music is written in 4/4 time with each measure divided into four beats with the important musical accents occurring on the first and third beats. This dance can be done over a wide range of tempos.

Mambo songs and artists include:

  • Tequila, by The Champs
  • Mambo #5, by Perez “Prez” Prado
  • Cherry Cherry, by Neil Diamond
  • Livin’ La Vida Loca, by Ricky Martin

If you’re interested in other Latin ballroom dance lessonsSamba lessonsSalsa classesTango lessonsRumba dance lessonsMerengue dance lessons, or Cha cha dance lessons may be for you!

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Don’t wait another day to learn how to dance. Latin dancing Etobicoke classes are fun and exciting.  Contact us at Arthur Murray for Mambo dance classes in Etobicoke today. It really will change your life! Interested in other Latin dance classes in Etobicoke? Check out other options in our list of ballroom dances.





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