As hot as Havana itself, Mambo music and the dance craze it sparked in the 1940's are still favorites at the studio. Though the music can be traced to Africa, the dance as we know it today has its roots in Cuba where dancers used quick footwork and provocative hip movement to express the wild feeling that the great Afro-Cuban bands inspired in them. The dance arrived in New York in the late 40's when Cuban and Puerto Rican Bandleaders began whipping crowds into a frenzy with their relentless rhythms in the great ballrooms like the Palladium. By the mid 1950's Mambo was the rage all across America.
Today Mambo and Salsa are still extremely popular worldwide. Latin rhythms have found their way in to a variety of musical styles making Mambo a must for dancers these days. The dance still retains its original hip action, fast footwork and flirtatious nature while combining the spins and dips found in more recent dance styles. When a barrage of timbales, congas and other percussion instruments call you to move to their rhythm, Mambo will serve you best.
Scottsdale Ballroom Dance Lessons
Congratulations to Kristie & Marshall (04/16/2013)
Congratulations to Kristie & Marshall for winning 1st place in their first competition!
Mother's Day Dance Gift Certificates!(04/15/2013)
Mother's Day Dance Gift Certificates available!
Come and cheer your fellow dancers showing off. Tuesday, April 2nd. 7:30-9pm
Take a Core Rhythms class here
I started taking lessons in June 2010. My wife died in November 2009, after fighting breast cancer for 13 years. It was at this time I became depressed and did pretty much nothing for a period of 3 or 4 months. A girlfriend at local gym recommended joining a dance studio. I then went to the Scottsdale Arthur Murray Studio and saw people dancing and talking and smiling. In other words, having a good time. At that point I decided to join. I was introduced to two of the female instructors as my new instructors. As time passed, they became the two people I fell in love with as well as, with the rest of the group at the studio due to their attitude toward me, and the love they had for dancing. The girls and the studio as a whole have given me a second chance at an enjoyable second time around. Thank you all!
~ Ray Thalblum