Mambo Moves By Richard Humphries It is entirely impossible of course. You are fifty-eight damn years old.

You are done with love. Enough. You can dance it alone. ... The Roles In Mambo Mambo is a partner dance. Although you can master the basic steps on your own, you’ll eventually need a partner to master this form of dance. Mambo for men is all about being confident and leading your partner. Mambo for women

requires the woman to follow the man’s steps and mirror his footwork. Mambo can also include some acrobatic elements that take strength and practice. . . . Does it happen this way? A simple meeting for a walk and you sit on a bench and wish you could put your arm around her but not yet, not yet, not yet. And when you do she shivers although it is a warm day and you fall in love—snap—like that? In a quiet still moment together? . . . Mambo Beats Mambo is danced on a 4/4 count of music, with the first and the third count being a “break” in the action. You take steps on count 2 and count 4. On the third count, you shift your weight. On the first count, you are still. . . .

You are afraid to make a move toward being with her. She is kind and modest and wants you to kiss her. You hold the back of her head, your hand full of her lustrous hair as her open lips meet yours. . . . Mambo Instructions To start, you’ll need to stand facing your partner with your feet together. The man should place his right hand on his partner’s waist, and the woman should place her left hand on her partner’s shoulder. The other hands should be extended away from the body and clasped with a loose grip. . . . She needs to know. So you have to tell the truth. When she jumps, will you be there to catch her? . . . After waiting for the first count of the music, the man steps back with the right foot on the second count. The

woman will step forward with her left foot, mirroring the man. On the third beat, both partners shift their weight to the opposite foot. On the fourth beat, the man steps forward with his right foot, and the woman steps backward with her left foot. Each partner also shifts his weight to the foot that is moving during that step. . . . And you find out four months later if it is real. And six months later love her more. And then? . . .

On the next measure the pattern is repeated with the opposite feet. The man shifts weight to his left foot and steps forward. The woman steps backward. Then the man steps backward with his left foot. The woman steps forward with her right foot to meet the man. . . .

And you stay happy together, as impossible as it seems. She is lovely to listen to and watch move through her life and you cannot keep yourself from loving her in the center of your heart. . . . These are the basic steps that are repeated over again with variations to help make the dance more active and vibrant. By mastering these simple steps, you’ll be able to learn more advanced techniques.