Learn to Mambo at Karen Hardy Studios

The Mambo is accompanied by up-tempo Latin music. The dance originated in Cuba where there were substantial settlements of Haitians. In the back country of Haiti, the ‘Mambo’ is a voodoo priestess who serves the villagers as counsellor, healer, exorcist, soothsayer, spiritual advisor, and organiser of public entertainment.

However, we see no folk dance in Haiti called the ‘Mambo’. The fusion of Swing and Cuban music produced this fascinating rhythm and, in turn, created this new sensational dance. The Mambo’s ragged rhythm and relatively simple steps made it an ideal dance for the North American public eager for some fun at the height of the Cold War.

The ‘Mambo’ dance is attributed to Perez Prado, who introduced it at La Tropicana nightclub in Havana in 1943. Since then other Latin American band leaders such as Tito Rodriquez, Pupi Campo, Tito Puente, Machito and Xavier Cugat have achieved styles of their own and furthered the Mambo craze.

With Mambo there comes great music and with great music there comes great dance. With hot and exciting Latin American rhythms to dance the night away to, why wouldn’t you want to have a go?

Basic Rhythm: 2 3 4 (1), 2 3 4 (1)

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