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1st Saturday Dance - April 6, 2019

Lesson:  Mambo (7:30-8:30pm)
Instructor:  Lenn Ambanta 
Soc
ial dancing:  8:30-11:00pm
Location:  Ballroom Impact Atlanta
Northridge Business Park
8601 Dunwoody Place, Building 700, Suite 730
Atlanta, GA   30350
(404) 953-8033
www.ballroomimpactatlanta.com 
Directions:  Click HERE

COST: 
  • $10 USA Dance members
  • $12 non-USA Dance members
  • Students 1/2 price with valid ID
Mambo
Mambo is a Latin dance that originated in Cuba during the 1930s. However, its popularity is due in large part to the "Mambo King", Perez Prado, who was the first person to market his music as Mambo, meaning "conversation with the gods". 

The dance popularized in the 40s and 50s by Prado in Cuba, Mexico City, and New York contained no breaking steps or basic steps at all. Cuban dancers explained that the main focus of the mambo was to "feel the music" such that sound and movement were merged through the body. Professional dance teachers in the US, however, saw this approach to dancing as "extreme and undisciplined". Thus, they deemed it necessary to standardize the dance to make it a sell-able commodity for the social or ballroom market. Today, it is this standardized version of the dance that we call the Mambo, which is also known as Salsa "on 2" because the break, or direction change in the basic step occurs on count 2. 
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