Mambo Dance Classes
Learn the Mambo! The word “mambo” is of African origin and is believed to have been named after the voodoo priests who thought they could send dancers into hypnotic states. No partner necessary.
Mambo Dance Classes
Want to take a great Mambo dance class in Los Angeles? Well you have come to the right place! By Your Side Dance Studio provides fun and enjoyable Mambo dance classes in Los Angeles that improve your dance skills and make you look great on the dance floor!
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By Your Side Dance Studio provides the best ballroom dance instructors in a private setting so that you receive one-on-one personal Mambo dance instruction custom tailored to your particular needs. We also provide group Latin dance classes throughout the week.
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Learn to Dance the Mambo
The mambo is a very popular and sensual dance, with African and Cuban rhythms. But where did the mambo come from?
Born in Cuba with traces of Haitian culture and influenced by American jazz, the mambo became a Latin ballroom dance craze that swept the globe and became exceedingly popular in Latin countries as well as the United States. The name of the dance is rooted in African culture, with connections to voodoo religion in Haiti.
Mambo’s origin lies in the early 1900’s in Cuba. Oresta Lopez, a composer, and cellist, created a piece known as the mambo which mixed everyday Cuban rhythms with the African and South American rhythms. The result was a new fusion and one that supported a continuous beat.
Mambo became ever more popular when Prado Perez, a famous bandleader and a friend to Lopez, marketed his music under the name “mambo.” It contained big brass and drum sound, and incorporated fast beats and runs on the instruments. In 1951, Perez Prado and his Orchestra took a tour of the United States, establishing Perez as a mambo king and mambo’s as America’s latest craze.
The basic Mambo step is derived from the Cuban style Rumba. The basic Cuban style Rumba uses a “Diamond Pattern” instead of the “American Square or Box” pattern, basically meaning forward and back and side to side. And that the steps are 2,3,4 instead of the 1,2,3 as in the Rumba. When dancing the mambo with a partner, many couples strive for a sensual romantic feeling. The mambo is quite different from other dances because it is very sensual instead of dramatic.
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By Your Side is the best dance studio. The teachers are fantastic dancers and excellent instructors. They strive for excellence, precision, and elegance, and do so with great encouragement and motivation. I always leave dance class feeling wonderful!
We worked with Laura to choreograph our wedding dance. We started out with zero moves and no confidence but after four sessions we were tearing up the floor and having the time of our lives.
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Meet people and have fun dancing. No partner or experience is needed.
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Our Salsa Team Won 1st Place at the Desert Classic Dance Competition
We're so proud of our Salsa team which took 1st place at the Desert Classic DanceSport Dance Competition which is held every year in July in Palm Desert, California. Performing in a Salsa dance team is an excellent way to build confidence and improve your Salsa dancing skills quickly. Put on your dancing shoes and join our Salsa team today!
Our Ballroom Dancers Placed at the Emerald Ball Dance Competition
I want to congratulate our amazing students and ballroom dance teachers Shay and Guillermo for achieving 1st and/or 2nd place in all of their ballroom dance events at the Emerald Ball! It takes a lot of effort and determination to place in a ballroom competition and we are all very proud of your efforts.
By Your Side Dance Studio Wins Best Dance School in Los Angeles Award
By Your Side Dance Studio is rated among the best Dance Schools in Los Angeles for the second time in a row by ThreeBestRated.com. Today, By Your Side Dance Studio, a dance school specializing in Salsa dancing, adult dance classes, private dance lessons...