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How to Do a Mambo Sombrero

Learn how to do a mambo sombrero 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 continuing in our mambo series, we're going to be taking out a little pattern we call a sombrero. So, what we're going to do is we're going to start with our basic action and a two-hand hold. Two, three, four. Two, three, four. Changing the hand hold over to a right to right and left to left with the left hand over top. So from here we're going to dance the basic action. Two, three, four, into a cross body lead position.

Now from here, guys, we're going to rock back on our right foot as we continue to guide the lady to turn to her left. Two, three, four, taking the step on the actual break one. One, while we place our right arm behind us, gentlemen, and place our left hand around the lady's shoulders continuing with two, three, four. Bringing her to our right side and dancing again a forward break. Four, and into a cross body lead. Okay?

So let's take a look at that one again one time very slowly. It's very tricky. And two, three, four. Two, three, four, left hand over right. Two, three, four. Two, three, four. One, two, three, four. Two, three, four. Two, three, together. Okay? So why don't we try that one with some music.

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