Mambo is a Latin dance of Cuba which was developed in the 1940’s when the music genre of the same name became popular throughout Latin America. It is characterized by big band arrangements where multiple saxophones play repeated syncopated phrases, trumpets punctuate the beat, all over a full rhythm and percussion section.

The mambo is a favorite of ballroom audiences because of its high energy level and infectious rhythms. The feel of the mambo is based mostly on forward and backward movements. Important to Mambo is the distinctive hip movement, hence the unofficial meaning of the word “mambo” means to “shake it.”

The health benefits of dancing the Mambo regularly include higher energy levels due to improved circulation, better hip movement and posture.