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How to Do a Mambo Cross Body Lead

Learn how to do a mambo cross body lead from dance instructors Aaron Mitchum and Kristina Reese in this ballroom dance tutorial from Howcast.


Aaron: Hey guys, it's Aaron.

Kristina: And I'm Kristina.

Aaron: We're professional dance instructors here in New York City and today, we're going to be continuing in our Mambo series. I'm going to be taking a closer look at the cross body lead. What we're going to be doing is starting in a close position with our partner here. Starting with our basic action, moving forward for the guys. Two, three, four. Two, three, four. Now, half a basic. Two, three and instead of replacing our feet together guys, we're going to step out to our left.

Two, three, four as we bring the lady across, taking a closer look at the feet this time. Two, three, four. Now guys, we're going to rock behind with our right leg. Two, three, four. Together. Now, let's talk about the ladies footwork in that.

Kristina: Ladies, you're going to start with a back rock on the right foot. Two, three, four. Now, you have your left foot going forward on the two, so you have to step forward but you also have to pivot around to face the gentlemen. Two, three, four. That's just stepping back and collecting your feet together freeing up your right foot to go back in the rock stat for the beginning of the sequence.

Two, three, four. Two, three, four. Two, three, four. Two, three, four. Two, three, four.

Aaron: Now, let's try that with some music.

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