Introduced to North America from Latin America, the Mambo attained quickly popularity. Rock’n’ roll numbers were being adapted to the tempo, love ballads were written to a slow Mambo rhythm, and modern songs to a fast Mambo beat. National dancers were clamoring for Mambo instruction.
The popularity fo the Mambo takes mostly its origin from the work of Cuban bandleader Perez Prado. Latin style dance bands gained success among American audiences during the early 1930s. at this times, the radio airwaves was filled with Rumbas, Sambas and Tangos. Next to this period, in the early ’50s, Prado recorded the song, “Mambo Jambo”, and the dance spread rapidly.
The flexibility of the Mambo can be described by its ability to be danced according to the individual dancer’s temperament. Traditional dancers can easily stay in closed position, while more daring dancers can perform steps that break apart and completely separate themselves from their partner. Dance expressions like spins and turns are quite popular with Mambo dancers.