Thoroughly multinational but uniquely North Carolinian, Orquesta GarDel thrills audiences with a high-energy Latin dance music experience. The monstrous thirteen-member lineup replicates the format of a classic Nuyorican salsa dura ensemble – a full deck of horn players, percussionists, and coro singers. Rooted in its own arrangements of songs from the great salsa, cumbia, and merengue artists, this is ultimately not a cover band. In 2011 Orquesta GarDel released its debut EP, Lo Que Tú Querías, which consists entirely of original compositions. As GarDel continues to write, flavors of edgy jazz and funky Cuban timba continue to pour from the stage onto the dance floor. The band tours the southeast, having headlined from Roanoke, VA to Charleston, SC, including appearances at the Lake Eden Arts Festival, Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Art Museum, La Fiesta del Pueblo, and Raleigh-Durham hometown venues like Cat’s Cradle and Motorco Music Hall.
Founded in 2006 by David Garcia, a professor of ethnomusicology at UNC Chapel Hill, and singer Nelson Delgado, Orquesta GarDel’s members straddle multiple generations, combining Latino music veterans with African- and Anglo-American jazzers. The group is currently directed by pianist Eric Hirsh and trombonist Andy Kleindienst.
DJ Renzo was raised listening to and enjoying music from a young age. While the opportunity to become a DJ while working at a radio station in college would come and go, it wasn’t until January of 2008 that he would seriously consider the art of translating his passion for music to others.
A local DJ was traveling abroad and asked Renzo, just a music collector at the time, if he could cover for him at a local venue for a week. Renzo agreed – and so began his journey into the DJ world. The dancers really enjoyed his music and a local promoter asked if he would consider being a DJ more regularly.
Since then DJ Renzo quickly moved through the ranks and has served as a DJ at many music festivals, both nationally and internationally to include: Capital Salsa Congress (D.C.), D.C. Bachata Congress, Orlando Salsa Congress, Chicago Salsa Congress, Connecticut Salsa Festival, Madrid Salsa Festival (Spain), Extreme Japan (Tokyo), Aventura Dance Cruise (Miami/Barbados), Salsa Mambo Festival (Palm Springs, CA), Philly Salsa Festival (Philadelphia) and many other mid-level and smaller events as well. Renzo’s professionalism, vast musical knowledge, attention to detail, experience as a military officer, and experience as a mid-level manager in Corporate America encouraged many of the promoters to ask him to be the Head DJ and to run tech rehearsals and performances.
Born and raised in NYC, Julio was exposed to a wide spectrum of musical influences. After his move to NC in 2011, he quickly became one of the top DJ’s in the state’s Latin dance scene today.
DJ Clase is one of the founders of Latin Vibe Entertainment, hosting parties like Eleganza, Seduccion , The Salsa & Bachata Throw Down and Vinilo Rumba (an all Vinyl social). He can also be found spinning at parties like Mojito Night, Sabor Latino, Salsa & Bachata Affair, Aura Dance Studio Dance Social, as well as other out-of-state events where he is featured. His passion and focus for Latin music has driven him to become an avid music collector with hundreds of vinyl records.
In addition of taking care of the perfect music mixes to please the dance audience, Julio prides himself on collaborating with event coordinators and vendors to ensure that events runs smoothly, and everyone is equipped with tools needed to have a great time. Julio also serves as the music coordinator and director for Baila Cura Dance Festival and Gala’s organizational committee, a fundraising organization for pediatric cancer research which raises money and awareness through Latin dance.
Genre of style and music specializing in: Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha, Reggaeton, Latin House, Top 40.
Monday, February 18th
Level 3 Salsa
Class #1 out of 6
Tuesday, February 19th
Level 1 & 2 Salsa
Class #3 out of 4
Thursday, February 21st
7-8pm Bachata Level 1
7-8pm Bachata Level 2
— Class #3 out of 4
8-9pm Bachata Level 3
— Class # 3 out of 4
Saturday, February 23rd
Class #8 out of 8
— Mambo Footwork and Partner-work with a concentration in hand-tosses and illusions.
Take any of our classes for $15 drop-ins or use your “Mambo Card.”
Visit our Syllabus page for more details on specific classes.
All our lessons are taught at:
Carmen’s Cuban Cafe
108 Factory Shops Rd
Mambo Dinamico’s mission is to promote community and spread cultural awareness through Latin dance. Our learn-with-
no-pressure approach makes our lessons fun and comfortable. You will not only learn to dance,
but also about the culture, history and music to compliment your experience.
Under the direction of Norberto “Betto” Herrera, Mambo Dinamico has been spreading the love for salsa and mambo dancing in North Carolina since February 2002. Since its foundation, the company’s main objective has been to welcome people from all cultures into the world of Latin dance.
Mambo Dinamico’s determination for teaching Latin dance has transformed the dance scene in the Southeast. Being the first mambo dance company in the South, Mambo Dinamico sets the standard whether they are social dancing, performing, instructing, or producing events. Mambo Dinamico’s impact in the dance scene is very evident, since various studios in the United States and abroad have adopted its instruction methodology.
Mambo Dinamico is very proud to have trained all of their dancers from their very first basic step to their performance on a world stage. Mambo Dinamico Dancers have inspired and entertained audiences in local, regional, national and international events, from New York to Florida, North Carolina to Arizona, to all the way around the world in Japan.
Apart from adult lessons, Mambo Dinamico also offers culturally guided educational presentations tailored to schools and businesses. The company has had the privilege to work with all school districts in the area from elementary to high school level. A large number of companies in the Triangle Research Park have used Mambo Dinamico’s services during their business functions and employees’ activities for entertainment and cultural awareness.
Mambo Dinamico Dancers have been appeared in news segments for Univision 40 and WRAL. Also they have been featured in the weekly television show HOLA-NC. Also you might have found them in special appearances and interviews in documentaries like “Spanish Voices.”
Our dancers and students are easily recognized on the dance floor. They are the ones having a great time, always keeping a friendly and positive attitude towards dancers of all levels while showing them a great time during each dance.
Born in Washington D.C. but a native to Athens, GA, Jess Marrano is a mix of Italian and Greek decent. She studied latin dance off and on throughout her high school and early college years until she discovered Wilmington Latin Dance. From there, she continued learning dance as a salsa dancer under Summer Garland McPherson, the director and one of the instructors of Wilmington Latin Dance.
However, upon returning to her hometown in Georgia, Jess discovered another form of dance, one without the use of a floor. Aerial dance is a type of performance in which one or more artists perform acrobatic dances in the air with a hanging apparatus, such as fabrics, trapezes, ropes, and metal hoops, cubes, etc. Jess primarily dances with aerial fabrics, known as silks. Towards the end of her college years she has performed, danced, and taught aerial silks in Wilmington, NC at Wilmington Latin Dance.
One of her most astounding performances was for the 2015 Wilmington Port City Salsa Splash where Jess danced 40ft on the USS North Carolina Battleship. Jess has studied aerial dance under circus organizations such as, Canopy, Cape Fear Circus Arts, and Cirque du Vol. Now residing in Raleigh, NC, she continues learning latin dance from Norberto Herrera at Mambo Dinamico and instructs people in the art of aerial silks.
Norberto “Betto” Herrera is originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador, where his mother was born and raised. His father was a fisherman from Peru, who fell in love with Betto’s mother during his visit to the port city of Guayaquil. Sadly, his father, for whom Betto is named, was killed when he was only three years old. Betto is very proud of his heritage and grateful to have grown up surrounded by music and dance. His mother worked hard to immigrate to the United States. She was able to bring Betto and his two younger brothers a few years later.
Betto moved to West New York, New Jersey with his family in 1996 when he was a teenager. His desire to stay in touch with his Latin roots brought him to Ismael Otero, one of the pioneers of mambo and salsa dancing in the area. He studied under Ismael until he joined the military in 2000.
During his time at Camp Lejune, Betto started latin dance classes for service members and their dependents. The classes on base were so popular that he was asked to teach and perform throughout other parts of North Carolina. Even after he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps and moved to Raleigh in 2004, requests for instruction and performances continued. And so, Mambo Dinamico was founded.
While living in Raleigh Betto continued his dance training in different latin dance styles. He trained in tango techniques with fellow instructor Daniel McClain. He also received mentorship and training from Cuban Master Felix “Pupy” Insua in Afro-Cuban movement and dance. Master Pupy’s knowledge and guidance helped Betto widen his perception towards dance to a larger scale. Because of him, Betto approaches latin dances as a way to create community and spread cultural awareness. In addition to ongoing dance training, Betto continues to expand his music repertoire through his mentor David Garcia, Associate Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina.
Some highlights of Betto’s dance career include participating in international dance conferences in Washington, D.C.; New York City, NY; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Orlando, FL; Curacao, NA; Tokyo, Japan and many other cities. Betto was also appointed as the head judge of Southeast Salsa Open Dance Competition, as well as in the judging panel for the Peru Salsa Open. He has been featured in publications like Southern Living Magazine, News and Observer, The Independent Weekly, Cary Living Magazine, and LaVoz Del Mambo. Betto has also been interviewed and featured by local channels like Univision 40, WRAL and FOX50. He frequently is used as a subject for scholarly research by professors and students at local universities because of his expertise in latin dance and music.
Since Betto founded Mambo Dinamico he has transformed it into a premiere latin dance company that provides instruction, performances, and choreographies both nationally and internationally. Mambo Dinamico’s dancers are known for their musicality, energy and unique movements. Betto feels blessed that his love of dance turned into a lifelong career and thankful everyday for his students and audiences that make it all possible.
Water and Fire are two essential elements that create energy of their own, but when combined they are even greater. We have three rooms for your enjoyment, spinning tunes for salsa, chacha, bachata, merengue, kizomba and zouk.
DJ Monte Alban will keep things hot in the Salsa Room, while Kizomba RDU & Triangle Zouk DJs slow it down in the KiZouk Room, and DJ Mixteco Mix will keep things happening in the Dominican Room with a mix of Bachata and Merengue.
Agua y Fuego features:
- Three party rooms
- 4 DJ’s
- 1 Live Orchestra
- Delicious drinks
- Free class (included with entrance) at 9:45
Door opens at 9:45pm for class and closes at 2am.
Location: Carmen’s Cuban Cafe, 108 Factory Shops Rd, Morrisville, NC 27560
Price: $15 Walk in or $10 pre-paid or with a valid Mambo Card, or a Valid Student ID, or a valid Military ID
See you on the dance floor!
Learn to dance with our easy to follow instruction. No partner needed and no long-term commitment.
Start learning today. Our flexible program allows you to start at any time since we have introductory lessons weekly. Also take advantage of our “Mambo Cards“, which offers discounts and free entrance to our social.
With our program you will learn at your own pace, in a comfortable and fun atmosphere, but we’ll make sure to keep you challenged.
Mambo Dinamico Dance Company’s instructors have years of experience training dancers and teaching people about the culture and etiquette of latin dancing.
All our lessons are taught at Carmen’s Cuban Cafe, 108 Factory Shops Rd in Morrisville, NC – a convenient location for everyone in the Triangle Area.
Here is what some of our students have to say about our lessons:
Good schools teach people how to dance. Excellent schools give purpose to the skills and expose what it means to “BE” a dancer. Thanks to Mambo Dinamico for raising the level of dance in our community.
Every time I’ve seen these guys, be it performing and or giving workshops they have been awesome. Wish they would come to DC more.
I can’t say enough about Betto and Mambo Dinamico. If your desire is to become a great dancer I recommend you seek out Mambo Dinamico!
Taking salsa and shine lessons with Betto is fun, NOT competitive and joyless like some other dance companies I’ve studied with.
Gay Camille Grace Sprague
I don’t like it I LOVE it 🙂
I loved the way you broke down musicality. I grew up with music and instruments and dancing, but make a point to attend any musicality class/workshop to continue learning. You have shared some of the most important points and ways to understand what we hear and dance to all the time. LOVED IT!!! Wish there were more opportunities in the Florida area for dancers (regardless of level of dancer) to learn more about musicality. Thank you so much for pouring your heart into what you teach.
Mambo Dinamico’s musicality workshop has consistently been one of the top-rated workshops by our attendees. For three years in a row, our attendees have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the musical components that make up salsa and afro-cuban rhythms while getting an understanding of how different dance steps fit into the whole picture. They can’t get enough of it.
Boston Salsa Festival Organizing Committee
Check out Mambo Dinamico dancers in Univisión in a report by Edwin Pitti about the popularity of this dance and music in North Carolina and around the world.
Jamila, who was born and raised in High Point, NC has been interested in sports since young. Dancing to the beat of hip hop, she danced nights away during her teenage years. Jamila got interested in salsa during her college years where she and friends would exchange dance steps and hit the local salsa club in Greenville, NC.
Soon after moving to the Raleigh-Durham area in NC she decided to learn Mambo on2 and joined Mambo Dinamico’s classes during the spring of 2006. Her fast improvement led her to earn a spot in Mambo Dinamico’s student team, Mambo Sabroso. Because of Jamila’s dedication, hard work and positive attitude, she was also able to join Mambo Dinamico’s professional performance team within just a couple of months of beginning her training with the company.
According to Jamila, she enjoys being part of the Mambo Dinamico team, which she believes is the greatest latin dance company in North Carolina. Jamila has been training under the supervision of director Betto Herrera, who she considers a very passionate instructor, since she first started her venture into Mambo On2 style. She admires Betto’s dedication, as he caters to the needs of each student, ensuring that they walk out of his class being a better dancer than when first walked in.
Jamila feels happy to have an extended family within the Mambo Dinamico. She believes that this is a group of individuals that genuinely care about each other and she plans on being part of the team for years to come, – not only learning – but also sharing the knowledge that Betto has impressed upon her.