July Step Combo 1 of 4 Mucho Mambo


I don’t teach Step regularly anymore as interest in it at the main club where I teach has waned significantly.  It has never really been my forte as an instructor either.  However, I got a call to sub at a different gym last night, and I had the pleasure of putting a few combos together.  Since I wasn’t sure of the audience, I tried to vary the choreography difficulty, without going overboard.  In this series of four posts, I’m including each combo with teaching progression – as best I can explain my mad methodology!

Combo 1: Mambo Madness 

5-count mambo x 2 (10) R lead
3-count mambo x 2 (6)  R lead
reverse turn      (4)  R lead
3-count mambo x 2 (6)  R lead
2 knee repeater (6) to reverse

Definitions:

5-count mambo
Angle the body to the left front corner of the room. 
 (1) Step R foot on L corner of the step
 (2) Step L foot on floor slightly left of the step.
 (3) Step R foot on the L corner of the step (it stays in the same place, essentially)
 (4) Step L foot on floor behind R foot
 (5) Step R foot on floor next to L foot facing the front

3-count mambo
Angle the body to the left front corner of the room.  
(1) Step R foot on L corner of the step
(2) Step L foot on floor directly to the left of the step.
(3) Step R foot on the L corner of the step (it stays in the same place, essentially)

Reverse turn
Angle the body to the left front corner of the room.  
(1) Step R foot on L corner of the step
(2) Face the back of the room, step L foot on the step
(3) Step R foot on the floor, continue turning
(4) Step L foot next to R on the floor, facing front

Teaching Progression:

Teach 3 count mambos, set them aside.

Teach 5 count mambo, 6 marches. Repeat as needed.

Teach reverse turn, 6 marches, 2 knee repeater.  Reverse and repeat as needed.

Combine to have: 5 count mambo, 6 marches, Reverse turn, 6 marches, 2 knee repeater.  Reverse and repeat as needed.

Demonstrate the 3-count mambo in place of the 6 marches then let them go crazy!

Have fun!

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