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How to Do a Mambo Hammerlock Turn

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


Aaron: Hi guys, it's Aaron.

Kristina: And I'm Kristina.

Aaron: And we are professional dance instructors here in New York City, and today we're going to be finishing up our mambo series with the hammer lock. So what we're going to be doing here is we're going to be starting with a two-hand hold. Starting with our basic action, two, three, four. Two, three, four. Half a basic to lead the lady to do an underarm spot turn while keeping both hands. Two, three, four. Now from here we're going to lead the lady back into the first half of the basic while we dance the open break, gentlemen. Two, three, four, leading her past our right side and continuing on as she turns. Two, three, four. And picking up with our basic action again, four. Now we're going to let Kristina describe what the ladies are doing a little bit more in detail here.

Kristina: Okay. So ladies, again we have a double hand hold. We're starting with the basic, so we're going two, three, four. Two, three, four. Two, three, four. Right here it's just our underarm turn, but again as Aaron said, we are not going to release this side. So keep both hands connected. And both partners need to be mindful of just making sure that our arms are flexible and we're keeping in a comfortable position for both parties. So we're going to cross our left over right, two, three, four. So right now my left hand is kind of across my lower back, and my right arm is extended, again making sure that we're not uncomfortable on either side here. I'm going to rock back on my right. Two, three, four. And then I'm going to do a spin and back into the basic. So, two, three, four.

Aaron: And two, three, four. Two, three, four. Two, three, four. Two, three, four, open break. Two, three, four. Two, three, four. And from the beginning. Two, three, four. Now let's try that with some music.

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