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How to Do a Mambo Open Box

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

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Aaron: Hi guys, it's Aaron.

Kristina: And I'm Kristina.

Aaron: And we're professional dance instructors here in New York City. Today we're going to be continuing our mambo series and taking a look at the open box. So what we're going to be doing is starting from a basic position. We can start this with either a two-hand hold, put a palm to palm sort of connection here so we can steer the lady very easily, or we can also do this from a closed position. But today we're going to do this with a two-hand hold.

So starting with a basic action. Two, three, four. Two, three, four. We're going to do one whole basic. Two, three, and from here instead of closing our feet, guys, we're going to take a strong step outside partner here in this area so we're not in the same line here. Now from here we're going to take our left foot forward, gentlemen, and we're going to step forward, side, back. And back, side, forward. Forward, side, back. And back, side, close. So you'll notice that we're passing the feet continuously instead of closing the feet.

So let's take a look at that one more time for the guys. Two, three, four. Two, three, four. Taking that strong step outside partner again so as to indicate the change of direction and the lead for this pattern. And two, three, four. Two, three, four. Forward, side, back. And back, side, close to start with the basic again. Two, three, four. Now let's explain what the ladies are doing as well.

Kristina: Okay. So ladies, we're going to begin with the first part of our basic. Two, three, four. Two, three, four. So at this point I have taken my left foot. I have rotated and taken that left foot behind me. Then from here I'm going to take my right foot back, side, take my right foot in front. And then forward, side, back. Back, side, forward. Forward, side, close. So it's just moving my feet left, right, left, right, left, right, just as you would if you were walking, just remembering it's back, side, forward, forward, side, back. And then ending with our feet closed so that we're ready to go back into the basic.

Aaron: Let's try it to music.

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