Mambo is heaven’s gift to music: a high-energy, Cuban style with an infectious rhythm. Named “Mambo”, meaning “Shake it”, the dance is distinguished by the exaggerated hip movement which gives it a sensual feel and expressive touch. The energy does not stop at hip-swinging. It also involves points, kicks and flicks of the feet along with rock steps and side steps. Arthur Murray Dance Studios is your studio for learning the Mambo. Our teachers understand all of its nuances and influences, and we love to help new students master it.

If you want to discover the true fun of the Mambo, you need to study it. Step by step, you will unpack your potential and become an accomplished Mambo dancer. With the experienced teachers at Arthur Murray guiding your steps, you will not have to push yourself to the limit in order to learn Mambo. In fact, you will look forward to every new challenge with enthusiasm and a desire to achieve more. Arthur Murray Dance Studios receives all kinds of students, from beginners to experienced dancers, all wanting to fine-tune their skills with our professional instructors. For all of them we have one mission: To help you be the best Mambo dancer you can possibly be!

How To Dance The Mambo

The Mambo is similar to a slower Bolero in terms of rhythm, and it uses a 4/4 beat. The important musical accents occur on the first and third beats, and the dance is danced to a wide range of tempos. The tempo also depends on the musician, and ranges between 32 and 56 beats per minute.

The basic combination of Mambo counts as “quick-quick-slow,” and the foot moves on the second beat. The weight shifts to the other foot on the third beat and returns to the original foot on the fourth beat. Dancers shake and swing their hips rhythmically, creating a sensual atmosphere in the dance hall and a fluid motion with the music. It is usually challenging for most starters to start on the second beat of the measure. But because the combinations tend to follow a similar pattern, many dancers are amazed at how quickly they can pick it up.

All basic mambo dance steps land with the ball of the foot first, followed by lowering the heel. You should stand on your right foot and have your left foot free in a closed dance position. The lady has her right hand on the man’s left, while the man has his right hand on her shoulder blade. The lady keeps her left hand on the man’s back.


On count one there is no movement, though it is an opportunity for both dancers to take a deep breath. 

On count two, the lead takes a step forward with his left foot, while the right stays put. 

On count three, he shifts his weight to his right leg before shifting it back to the left on count four. 

Count five marks another pause, which is another opportunity to breathe. 

On count six, the lead takes a step backward with the right foot, without moving the left at all. 

On count seven he shifts his weight to his left foot, and on count eight he brings
the right foot back to the original closed position with his left foot, and shifts his weight to the right foot.

The Origin Of
The Mambo

The original Mambo music, El Guardia Con El Tolete, had its beginning in 1944. It resembled a Rumba with a riff improvisation. The combination of American Jazz and the Afro-Cuban beat gave birth to the Mambo taught at Arthur Murray Studios since then. Mambo has also seen great diversification, ultimately giving birth to Salsa and Cha Cha.

Mambo has evolved tremendously over the last several decades. Arthur Murray Studios have been at the center of this transformation and have contributed enormously in making the dance what it is today.

Arthur Murray Studios – Your Best Choice for Learning the Mambo

Learning to dance the Mambo at Arthur Murray is a dream come true. We don’t impose limitations, and we encourage creativity. Arthur Murray Dance Studios is where talent meets skill and experience to produce a master dancer.

Dancers rise through the ranks as they sharpen their dancing skills. For an accomplished dancer, opportunities to transform your hobby into a profit making enterprise are not limited. Exhibitions, competitions and even video appearance deals are some of the many opportunities of an accomplished Mambo dancer.

Come to Arthur Murray Dance Studios and learn the Mambo!

Arthur Murray has been teaching dance for many decades, and is a world leader in teaching the Mambo. Rather than boast of past success, we strive to get a little better every day. In so doing, we provide our students with a positive example to follow. Don’t wait another day to join a Mambo class. Sign up with us and get started right away!


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