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Dance Styles

Mambo – Often referred to as “NY Style” or dancing “on 2” because the emphasis of the basic step is on the 2nd beat of each musical measure. 

Salsa – Often referred to as “LA Style” or dancing “on 1” because the emphasis of the basic step is on the 1st beat of each musical measure.

Cha-Cha-Cha – This dance originated from the rhythms of the danzon-mambo and has roots in Cuba. Its name is derived from the shuffle step within the basic. Cha-Cha-Cha can be danced either “On 1” or “On 2”

Bachata – A dance with origins from the Dominican Republic usually danced with a partner on 4/4 timing to music of the same name.

Bomba y Plena – Folkloric dances from Puerto Rico. Bomba has roots from Africa while Plena derives its influences from our European ancestors. 

Class Descriptions

Mambo Basics - If you’ve never danced Mambo before, this introduction is just for you! You will learn the fundamentals in timing, the basic Mambo step along with a few other key steps that emphasize the foundations of Mambo.

Beginner Class - If you’ve learned the Mambo basics but want to learn more steps and turn patterns, this class is for you!.

Beginner Intermediate Class - If you’ve danced Mambo and have a solid grasp of shines, timing and turn patterns, this experience is for you! Class will begin with a mini-footwork routine with a combination of old and new shines that will be done in a circuit. Song tempo is increased every 3-5 sets. For partner work, participants must have a solid foundation of leadership and/or followship.

Kids & Youth Programs - If your child wants to learn dance in a fun and safe environment, then the Sandunga Kids & Youth Programs are a perfect choice for your family! Although all of our students will learn the fundamentals and choreography of a variety of social Latin dances (including Mambo, Salsa, Bachata & more!) we also focus on the importance of team work, how to engage in conflict resolution through peer mediation and the significance of cultural exchange and acceptance. We want to not only promote, teach and model diversity, but inclusion as well!


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