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Dance Craze: Mambo

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Bandleader and percussionist Bobby Sanabria and Latin dance instructor Nydia Ocasio join us to talk about the wave of Cuban and Latin dance crazes, particularly the mambo, that swept New York City in the mid-20th century.  

Watch an example of New York-style mambo (dancing "on 2") below.


Nydia Ocasio and Bobby Sanabria

Comments [3]

kevin from upper LS

never ever expect bobby sanabria, to pass up on the most vulgar mode of cultural self-agrandizement; and ethnic chest thumping. i dig this music too,but "ecstasy", really. so, the person that does not experience ecstasy is, what,"not with it"? and nydia,i think it safe to say, that john knows that the mambo came out of cuba,so the question was meant to garner more specific information,ie. what traditions within cuba,led to the development of the dance/music.

May. 04 2012 12:37 AM
clive betters

oh well,gee, we're surely going to get a lot segments in the future, with this kind of repre-sentn'.....sadly,why am i not surprized, that there is this little interest in a mambo segment.

May. 03 2012 04:59 PM

Hi, Nydia. It's Ed. I used to come to class with my daughter Jillian at El Museo del Bario. Thanks for teaching me how to listen to the music (el tumbao) instead of counting. I can not, not hear the slap of the conga when dancing. I'm forever grateful. Gracias.

May. 03 2012 02:15 PM

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