- A fusion of Swing and Cuban music, its invention has been attributed to Perez Prado, a Cuban musician who introduced it at La Tropicana nightclub in Havana in 1943.
- Being incredibly complicated and athletic in its original form, the Mambo had to be slightly watered down to accommodate even the most accomplished dance hall regulars.
- Mambo bands developed intense rivalries as to who could create the best mambo rhythm. Players like Ellington, Gillespie and Bob Hope were all part of this friendly competition.
- Today the dance is making a comeback and is performed in the American Rhythm category in ballroom competitions.
- Passionate and sensual dance, all about the hips.
- The accentuated hip movements makes it quick in its action with sharp staccato steps which are interspersed with contrasting more free flowing movements
- While rhythmically moving backwards and forwards to the beat, dancers use the hips to bring movement lower into the knees.
- Flirtatious, raunchy, down and dirty
In the photo: DEREK HOUGH, BROOKE BURKE