Norberto “Betto” Herrera

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.

Betto4Some 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.

Mambo Dinamico 2019 Annual Showcase

9th Annual Showcase Weekend: December 13th-14th, 2019

Let’s kick off the holiday season with some great dancing!
Mambo Dinamico Dancers would like to share their passion for the art of dancing by showcasing their work with the people we love, YOU.
Join us for workshops, shows and killer social dancing December 13th and 14th. (Click here for times and addresses).

Save $ with Early Bird discounts (available through November 23rd).

GET YOUR PASSES TODAY!


Friday Welcome Party

With dance performances and some surprises.
10pm-2am

  • Salsa Room and Kizoukchata Room

At Carmen’s Cuban Cafe (Morrisville)
108 Factory Shops Rd
Morrisville, NC


Saturday Workshops (Dec 14th)

With World Class Instructors Ana Masacote, and Ana Llorente
Noon-4pm

Barriskill Dance Theater School (Durham)
3642 Shannon Rd
Durham, NC

 


Saturday Mambo Dinamico Showcase and Orquesta Gardel Concert

Orqesta GarDelYou, your family and friends are all invited to join us for this intimate event with dance shows for all ages. With choreography inspired by classic musicals and traditional rhythms, Mambo Dinamico and special guest performers will entertain you for the first part of the evening. Then we’ll clear the floor for a night full of killer social dancing.


At the Newly Renovated
Barriskill Dance Theater School (Durham)
3642 Shannon Rd
Durham, NC

Party Schedule:
8:30pm – Doors Open
9:00pm – Latin Dance Showcase
10:00pm – Social dance with DJ Renzo and live music by Orquesta Gardel.  Also with a LARGE Kizoukchata Room!

*** Children under 12 y.o. are free, and under 18 y.o. pay half price.  Must be accompanied by adult.


Guest Performers Include:

Ana Masacote (Boston, MA)
Ana Llorente (Atlanta, GA)
Baila Beats Academy (Triangle Area, NC)
Charlotte Latin Dance (Charlotte, NC)
Cobo Brothers Dance Company (Durham, NC)
Cultivate Dance (Durham, NC)
Ellie and Brian (Raleigh, NC)
Fayetteville Latin Dance (Fayetteville, NC)
JP Dance Company (Raleigh, NC)
NC Brazilian Arts Project (Charlotte/Raleigh, NC)
Rumbao Latin Dance Company (Charlotte, NC)
Somos Mambo Dance Company (Cary, NC)
Wilmington Latin Dance (Wilmington, NC)


 

Get the Best Values With Early Bird and VIP Packages

Early Bird Pricing:

  • Saturday Workshops – $70 (or $80 @ door)
  • Saturday Showcase – $25 (or $30 @ door)

Weekend passes – $100 (save $20)

  • Friday Welcome Party
  • Saturday Workshops
  • Saturday Showcase

VIP passes – $150 (Treat yourself!)

  • Friday Welcome Party
  • Saturday Workshops
  • Saturday Showcase (with reserved VIP seating for the show)
  • Express check-in
  • Access to VIP lounge on Saturday evening
  • Gift bag (including a Mambo Dinamico gift certificate)

GET YOUR PASSES TODAY!

Saturday Workshops

Saturday Workshops

This year Mambo Dinamico is bringing you Two World Class Instructors to share their knowledge with us.

Saturday, December 14th @ Barriskill Dance Theater School (Durham)
3642 Shannon Rd
Durham, NC

  • 12 – 2pm — Ana Llorente – Cuban Fusion
  • 2 – 4pm — Ana Masacote – Salsa Fusion

Price

Early Bird Special – $70 for  all workshops (Available until 11/23)
$80 at the door

(Workshops come together and cannot be purchased individually).

Showcase Instructors

Ana Masacote (Boston, MA)

Ana Masacote is an award-winning Latin dance specialist, educator, and womanpreneur who passionately believes that through dance, we can facilitate social change within communities. She is a co-founder and partner of Masacote Entertainment and has spread the salsa bug to more than 30 countries across five continents. Ana is also the producer and executive director of Yo Soy LOLA, a movement to reclaim the Latina narrative through artistic platforms and a scholarship initiative for Latinx MA artists, and the founder of Dance to Power, LLC, an online Afro-Latin dance academy dedicated to educating and uplifting womxn and allies around the world through Afro-Latin dance.

Ana was a recipient of the 2015 New England Salsa Music Award for lifetime achievement in dance, an alumna of the 2015 Goldman Sachs 10KSB National Program, a recipient of the SBA’s MA Minority-Owned Business of the Year Award, and holds a bachelor’s in Management Science from MIT in Cambridge. She began her formal dance training with folkloric dance at age 5 and Salsa at age 15, and she has been a judge and guest of honor at salsa competitions and festivals worldwide.

https://www.anamasacote.com/


Ana Llorente (Atlanta, GA)

Ana Llorente started her dance career in Havana, where she graduated with Honors from the Cuban National School of Arts specializing in Contemporary Dance and Afro-Cuban Folklore. Her extensive training and dedication gave her the opportunity to win a scholarship in Choreography at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, USA. This scholarship, coming from a USA based institution, was a completely unique opportunity for a Cuban citizen residing in the island. The “UNEAC“ Cuban National institution of Writers and Artists also gave her a recognition as the best performer and choreographer in the country at the most important and only invitational Dance Competition in Havana. ”

Today, she is dedicating her talents entirely to the Ballroom World and all types of Latin dance and competitive instruction. She has been invited to perform around the world at several World Championships: Greece, Italy, Japan, Canada, USA, European Championship, England, Hong Kong, Holland, Ireland and France.

Also she has taken part as a dancer and choreographer in many internationally televised programs like:

“Ballroom in Concert” (Vienna, Austria), “Ballroom Fever” (City Center, New York), “Miss Venezuela International”, “Dance Yuma Factory” in Japan, “America’s Got Talent”, “Unforgettable Boleros” with Ricardo Montalban, “Heritage DanceSport Championships” with Cyd Charisse, PBS Television Special for USA Dancesport Championships and First World Mambo Competition, International Dance Festival (Vail, Colorado), CNN USA Dance news, Vail International Dance Festival, “Sabado Gigante”, “Mira Quien Baila”, Univision TV Channel, Millenium Dancesport Championships.

MTV videos for: Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Will Smith, Julio Iglesias, Chayanne, Vanessa Williams, Gipsy Kings in Concert, Julio Iglesias, famous Latin singer Johnny Ventura, and she was the principal dancer of “Dirty Dancing” #2 movie : “Havana Nights”. ”

Ana has won numerous National and International Dance honors and titles. She is:

  • World Mambo Champion
  • Argentine Tango World finalist
  • Theater Arts and Adagio Champion at Blackpool (Biggest Competition in the world)
  • USA, World and Canadian American Rhythm Champion.

Ana is a proud representative of Cuba in the WDC ( World Dance Council ) and is currently the Organizer of the Cuba International Ballroom Championships in Havana, Cuba.

Teaching, coaching and lecturing in renowned Ballroom, Performing Arts and Salsa Conventions all around USA and the world, Ana is well known for bringing a real and authentic Latin flavor to the Dance World along with her understanding of modern choreography and its application to the body.

Music

Orqesta GarDel

Orquesta GardelOrquesta GarDel, Durham, North Carolina, July 30, 2012. Photo by D.L. Anderson

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.


 

RenzoDJ Renzo
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.


Julio Sabroso

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.

Genre of style and music specializing in: Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha, Reggaeton, Latin House, Top 40.


Carlos Reyes
Is the owner and artistic director of Mambo Revolution, and formal member of Mambo Dinamico. Carlos Reyes was introduced to Latin rhythms like Salsa, Pachanga, Boogaloo Cha-cha-cha by Norberto “Betto” Herrera.  After working with Mambo Dinamico for eight years, Carlos moved to St. Louis, MO to start a new career and follow his dreams.  Salsa dancing is Carlos’ passion, which led him to start a Mambo Revolution Dance Company. With the experience of DJing, dancing and performing Latin Music, he created a new movement helping the St. Louis community to unify and grow together as social dancers and performers.  Carlos has become one of the main Salsa DJs in St. Louis by playing weekly at Club Viva, St. Louis Salsa Congress, as well as hosting one of the best Salsa Socials in Missouri.


Eliuth Lopez, better known as DJ Monte Albán, started his journey as a playing music in family and friends parties in Los Angeles, CA. Three years later he moved to North Carolina and started to immerse himself in the salsa world. In North Carolina, Eliuth met two brothers who helped him getting in the scene, DJ Tino “La Voz Del Camino” and DJ Samuel. They invited him to join a group of DJ’s, Organizacion Búhos, in which Eliuth participates as a professional deejay in events like Diamante Awards, Latin Chamber of Commerce of NC Annual Gala, among other important events.

A few years later, Mr. Jack Wolf invited him as a guest deejay for the Sunday Salsa Socials, and quickly he became one of the regular deejays for this great social.  His popularity grew quickly and as a result he was invited to play in events for Mambo Dinamico Dance Company, Wilmington Latin Dance and DJ Salsa Mike.

Now days he can be found playing his great music selection in events like Sunday Salsa Social, Agua y Fuego, and organizes his own event at Carmen’s Cuban Café – Rumba Night.


DJ Mixteco Mix (aka Jorge Victoria) originally from Oaxaca, Mexico, started his journey as a deejay in 2005 at Carmen’s Cuban Café.  He has also been invited to spin salsa at Mexican restaurant like Los Tres Magueyes.

His passion is the music, “I love to dance salsa and I enjoy sharing this multifaceted passion through dancing or music with people from other cultures.”

DJ Mixteco Mix’s main goal is to make you dance, sweat and have a fantastic time! He can be found keeping people on their dancing toes on Tuesday nights as a regular guest deejay and Agua y Fuego every fourth Friday at Carmen’s Cuban Café. He plays a wide range of Latin music including salsa, mambo, cha-cha, guaguanco, boogaloo, pachanga, charanga, and more. He also plays other genres as well, including popular Mexican, American and European music.

Jorge is very proud of his heritage and this is the reason he adopted this professional name. “Mixteco” comes from the indigenous Mesoamerican people of Mexico, who lived a region known as La Mixteca of Oaxaca and Puebla.

Showcase Passes

Welcome Party @ Carmen’s Cuban Café –  $15 at the door
–  Friday Dec. 13th from 9pm-2am
– Chachacha Workshop from 9-10pm with Rumbao from Charlotte, NC
– Salsa Room Jam Session with DJ Clase and DJ Carlos Reyes
– Kizoukchata Room
– Dance Performances at 11:30
– Open dancing from 10pm-2am


Workshops @ Barriskill Dance Theatre  – SOLD OUT
– Saturday Dec. 14th from 12-4pm
– 4hrs of great workshops from World Class Instructors


Showcase, Concert and Social @ Barriskill Dance Theatre – $30 at the Door
– Saturday Dec. 14th from 9pm-2am
– Doors Open at 8:30pm
– Shows from 9-10pm


Weekend Pass SOLD OUT
– Friday Welcome Party
– Saturday Workshops
– Saturday Showcase
– Orquesta Gardel Concert and Dance Social


VIP Passes (Only 12 available) – SOLD OUT
– Friday Welcome Party
– Saturday Workshops from 12-4pm
– Express Check-In
– VIP Seating for Showcase
– Orquesta Gardel Concert and Dance Social
– Access to VIP Lounge and a gift bag

Venues and Times

Friday, December 13thCarmens-Logo22
Welcome Party
10 pm – 2 am
We will welcome you to our home, Carmen’s Cuban Café, for a great night of social dancing with 2 different rooms. We’ll have some great music including a Vinyl Jam Session with DJ Clase and a few dance performances.  Please join us in welcoming our guest instructors and out-of-town performers.

  • Salsa Room with DJ Julio Sabroso and DJ Carlos Reyes
  • Chachacha Workshop by Rumbao from Charlotte
  • Kizoukchata Room with DJ Monte Alban
  • Dance Performances
  • Great drinks with your favorite Bartenders
  • Convenient parking

Carmen’s Cuban Café
108 Factory Shops Rd.
Morrisville, NC


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Workshops  12 pm – 4pm
We’ll beat Barriskill Dance Theatre School to take some amazing workshops with world class instructors, who will be delighting us with their knowledge and passion.

Barriskill Dance Theater School
3642 Shannon Rd.
Durham, NC


Screen shot 2017-11-07 at 12.30.46 AMSaturday, December 14th Showcase and Party
9pm – 2am (Door open at 8:30)

Join us for a night full of dance magic at Barriskill Dance Theatre School. This is the ideal venue for us this year, featuring:

  • Large dance floors
  • High ceilings and great acoustics
  • Several studios (we will have a LARGE Kizoukchata Room)
  • Stadium seating
  • Free parking with direct access
  • Large bathrooms

Barriskill Dance Theater School
3642 Shannon Rd.
Durham, NC


 

Annual Showcase Guest Performers

Here are some of the very talented performers that will be joining us in Mambo Dinamico’s 9th Annual Holiday Showcase.

Wilmington LD (Wilmington, NC)
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NC Brazilian Arts (Charlotte/Raleigh, NC)
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Rumbao Latin Dance Co (Charlotte, NC)
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Somos Mambo Dance Co (Cary, NC)
Cobo Brothers Dance Co (Durham, NC)
JP Dance Co (Greensboro/Durham, NC)
Cultivate Dance (Durham, NC)
Brian and Ellie (Morrisville, NC)

 

Charlotte Latin Dance (Charlotte, NC)
Fayetteville Latin Dance
(Fayetteville, NC)
Baila Beats Academy
(Triangle Area, NC)

 

 

 

Mambo Dinamico Classes This Week

Monday, December 2nd
Salsa – Level 3
From 7:30-9:30pm
Class #4 out of 6

Tuesday, December 3rd
Salsa – Level 1 & 2
From 7:00-9:00pm
Class #4 out of 4

Social: 9pm-Midnight

Thursday, December 5th
Bachata – Level 1 from 7-8pm
Bachata – Level 2 from 8-9pm
Class #3 out of 4

Friday, December 6th
Sensual Bachata – Level 3 from 7:30-8:30pm
Class #2 out of 4

Saturday, December 7th
Salsa – Level 4 
From 1-3pm
Class #5 out of 8
Latin Jazz and Intermediate Partner-work

Please check our Calendar for the next one.

Take any of our classes for $15 drop-ins or use your “Mambo Card.”

Visit our Salsa and Bachata Syllabus page for more details.

All our lessons are taught at:
Carmen’s Cuban Cafe
108 Factory Shops Rd
Morrisville, NC.