What is the difference between Salsa and Mambo? Both are fantastic Latin Dances allowing the dancer to express themselves with the music! Today, Salsa is the dance craze everyone wants to learn……Back in 1987, with the dance movie sensation “Dirty Dancing” – Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey (Baby) had everyone learning Mambo!
Mambo became the new dance fad in the 1940’s – early 1950’s being brought to the USA from Cuba. Salsa followed shortly after in the 1960’s starting in New York City – again having its origins in Cuba.
Today, in the dance world, one thing is certain – there is no escaping the Salsa.
Salsa dancers are said to be dancing to the melody of the music while Mambo dancers are said to be dancing to the rhythm of the music.
The only difference between club style Salsa and club style Mambo is that Salsa can be danced on any beat of music whereas Mambo starts (breaks) on the 2nd beat of music. Salsa is more relaxed, more flowing and the patterns are more circular. Mambo being more structured with precise footwork being used in all step patterns.
Today, in the dance world, one thing is certain – there is no escaping the Salsa. It has become the most requested club dance, not only being danced to Latin melodies, but embracing the popular music market.
Salsa is one of the most abandoned, fun-filled crazes of any era! Great for small floors – Salsa/Mambo is a spot dance – steps are quite compact – no more than 30 cm apart. Latin hip motion is used throughout which adds to its sensual style.
……5 ,6, 7, 8 Let’s Salsa/Mambo….
Ed Sheeran – Shape of You….Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes (I’ve had)The time of my life
Los Lobos – La Bamba…..Dean Martin – Mambo Italiano….The Champs – Tequila
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