Bachata Syllabus

Level I Bachata – Beginner (1st class)

Thursdays 7 – 8 pm

  • Steps or Footwork: Basic Step, Front & Back Basics, Right Turn, Left Turn
  • Partnerwork: Open Frame, Semi-close Frame, Connection, Lead and Follow of Right and Left Turns

Level II Bachata – Advanced Beginner (4 classes)

Thursdays 7 – 8 pm

  • Class #1:  Hand Holds and Turns
  • Class #2:  Tension and Directiom
  • Class #3:  Craddle and Hammerlocks
  • Class #4:  Changes in Levels and Intro to Body Isolation

Level III Bachata – Sensual Bachata (4 classes)

Thursdays 8-9 pm

  • Class #1:  Musicality
  • Class #2:  Body Isolations
  • Class #3:  Fluidity
  • Class #4:  Sensual Interpretation

Mambo Dinamico Classes This Week

Cancelled until further Notice

Tuesday, March 10th
Cancelled until further Notice

Social: 9pm-Midnight

Thursday, March 12th
Cancelled until further Notice

Friday, March 13th
Cancelled until further Notice

Saturday, March 14th
Cancelled until further Notice

Please check our Calendar for the next class.
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.

About Mambo Dinamico

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 Afro Latin dance.

Mambo Dinamico’s determination for teaching Afro 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.

Why Learn with Mambo Dinamico?

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.

Robert Holley

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.

Luis Morales

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!

JuanCarlos Bueno

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 🙂

Deepika Bhargava

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.

Beate Connette

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

Get your Mambo Card today and join us for classes.


Do I need a partner?
No, about 80% of our students come by themselves.  We exchange partners very frequently during our lessons, so you will have a chance to dance with everyone.

When do I start?
You can start today, or whenever the next class is available.  Please check our calendar.  Our classes are held on a drop-in basis, so you don’t have to wait for a new session to start.

Do I need to pre-register?
No, our classes are open to the public on a first-come-first-served basis. A registration form will be handed to you on your first class, and you won’t have to fill one out again for the rest of your dance experience.

How much do the lessons cost?
Walk-in prices are $15 per lesson. We also offer discounted packages for our group lessons:  8 classes for $80, or a combo package of 1 private + 6 group lessons for $100. Please visit our shop for more information.

What kinds of payments are accepted?
We accept cash, checks, credit cards (Visa or MasterCard) or debit cards.

Where are the classes?
All our classes take place at Carmen’s Cuban Cafe:
108 Factory Shops Rd
Morrisville, NC 27560

When are the classes?
—Level 1 and 2 – Tuesday at 7pm.
—Level 3 – Mondays at 7:30pm.
—Level 4 – Saturdays at 1:00pm.
—Level 1 and 2 – Thursday at 7pm.
—Level 3 – Fridays at 7:30pm

Check our calendar for more detailed information.

How much experience do I need to take the lessons?
To start with our dance program, you need no experience at all.  Our beginner lessons are crafted to walk people through the basics and give them a good foundation for the next levels.

I have taken lessons before. Which class/level should I take?
Check our syllabus and our level chart so you can have a better idea where you belong.  If you are still not clear, ask Betto during one of our social dances and he will give you an informal evaluation and recommendation.

What should I wear?
If you are coming to our beginner classes please wear something casual and comfortable.  We have a party soon after the class.  For all our other classes you can wear casual, dance or fitness clothes as you prefer.

What type of shoes should I wear?
Just wear comfortable shoes at the beginning. There is no need to invest in dance shoes for levels 1 and 2. Once you get to levels 3 and 4 we recommend you purchase ballroom shoes. Dance Design in Chapel Hill offers a 20% discount for Mambo Dinamico Students.

What are private lessons?
Private instruction is a private hour-long class with the instructor. You may opt to take it with a dance partner, but it’s not necessary. The price of a private lesson varies from $50 to $100 depending on the instructor.  To schedule a private, please contact one of our staff directly.

Mambo Dinamico Level Chart

To help you distinguish which classes are right for you, we created an overview of 9 levels. Keep in mind that a dancer of one level can have strengths or weaknesses that are characteristic of another.


  • Raw Beginner — If you are taking your first class.  You are just learning your three basic steps and basic turns.
  • Intermediate Beginner — You should know how to lead and follow ‘Cross Body Leads’, left and right turns, and extensions.
  • Advanced Beginner — You should be able to lead and follow ‘In and Outs’, ‘Cross Body Leads’ with turns, double turns, proper spinning prep, double spins and basic shines.


  • Beginning Intermediate — You should be able to get a double spin on your own.  You are leading and following basic patterns and variations in tune with the music.  You continue developing your shines and begin to include them in every dance.
  • Intermediate Intermediate — You begin to flow, connecting turn patterns together with fewer basics in between.  You start adding double turns to your basic moves.  You are now able to lead and follow more challenging partner and foot work and you begin to experiment with styling.
  • Advanced Intermediate — You have a complete understanding of your footwork when leading and following; double turns are no problem and you can change directions from spinning one way to the other with ease.  At this level your own style starts to develop.  You are beginning to experiment with your turn patterns and body movement.


  • Beginning Advanced — You can figure out how to lead or follow any move with ease, your turn pattern footwork is impeccable, you are starting to play more with the music, and you go from one move to the next without thinking about it.  You are able to lead unrehearsed moves.  You follow pretty much everything they throw at you, responding quickly to the lead.  You are able to complete 3 spins consistently.  Your styling is feeling more natural and in tune with the music.  It doesn’t feel awkward to play around with your partner.
  • Intermediate Advanced — You are so in tune with the music, you don’t think about anything else but the music.  There are no secrets left for you. Everything is clear as water.  You have found your personal style and often improvise on shines.  You are able to bring the best out of any lower level dancer. You complete 4 or more spins fairly consistently.
  • Advanced / Professional — You clear the floor every time you and your partner dance.  You are able to put on a show by yourself.  Your understanding of the music is impeccable and you can hit all the changes, accents, pauses, syncopations, slow and fast parts of a song without thinking about it.  You are not listening to the music anymore, but you are part of it.  Your body is another instrument that plays along with the song you are dancing to.  You make spinning look effortless and you consistently complete 5 or more spins with ease.

Salsa Syllabus

Level I Salsa – Beginner (1st class)

Tuesdays 7 – 9 pm

  • Steps or Footwork: Basic Step, Side Step, Back Step, Front Step
  • Partnerwork: Frame, Extension, Back Rock, Front Rock

Level II Salsa – Beginner Intermediate (4 classes)

Tuesdays 7 – 9 pm

Class #1
Left Turn, Half Left, CBL (cross body lead), Leading and Following of Left Turn and CBL w/ Left Turn
Terminology: Montuno, Congas, Tumbao, Salsa

Class #2
Right Turn, Half Left, CBL, Leading and Following of Right Turn and CBL w/ Right Turn
Terminology: Montuno, Congas, Tumbao, Salsa

Class #3
Left Turn, Half Right, Counter CBL, Leading and Following of Left Turn and Counter CBL w/ Left Turn
Terminology: Montuno, Congas, Tumbao, Salsa

Class #4
Right Turn, Half Right, Counter CBL, Leading and Following of Right Turn and CBL w/ Right Turn
Terminology: Montuno, Congas, Tumbao, Salsa

Level III Salsa – Advanced Beginner (6 classes)

Mondays 7:30-9:30pm

Class #1

  • Turns/spins – Back Hook, Right Side Turn
  • Shines – Suzy Q, Uptown-Downtown
  • Partnerwork – Right Turn w/ Back Hook, CBL (cross body lead) w/ Back Hook
  • Terminology: Clave, Mambo


  • Turns/spins – Front Hook, Left Side Turn
  • Shines – Mambo Walk, Grapevine
  • Partnerwork – Right Turn w/ Front Hook, CBL w/ Front Hook
  • Terminology: Campana, A Caballo, Güiro

Class #3

  • Turns/spins – Left and Right Side Turns
  • Shines – Two Corners, Front Double Cross
  • Partnerwork – In and Out, Counter CBL with Double Left Turn
  • Terminology:  Pandereta, Boogaloo

Class #4

  • Turns/Spins – Back Hook, Double Back Hook Turn
  • Shines – Front Flare, Slave
  • Partnerwork – Left Turn w/ Back Hook, Sweep
  • Terminology: Muelleo, Afro-Cuban Folklore

Class #5

  • Turns/Spins – Front Hook, Double Front Hook
  • Shines – Hook Step, Cuban Side Charge
  • Partnerwork – Left Turn w/ Front Hook
  • Terminology:  Yambu, Guaguanco

Class #6

  • Turns/Spins – Prep for Double Right Turn
  • Shines – Front Slide, Front Cross Over
  • Partnerwork – Prep for Double Turn, In and Out
  • Terminology:  Son, Timba

Level IV Salsa – Intermediate Class

Saturdays 1:00-2:30pm

The material covered during this level is to enhance and compliment all the material previously learned and can be taken as many times as desired.

Class #1: Musicality (Open for Level 3 Dancers)

  • Learn how to understand to move with the music and different syncopations of Latin Music.
  • Partnerwork – Learn how to match breaks and melodies while connected with a partner.
  • Terminology: Bongos, Martillo, Son, Montuno, Mambo, Cascara, Timbal

Class #2: Pachanga

  • Get the flavor of this style and how to have fun with this contagious rhythm.
  • Partnerwork – We will work on your wrap-arounds combinations and how to execute them with style.
  • Terminology: Pachanga, Charanga

Class #3: Boogaloo

  • Catch the groovy swing of this psychedelic dance from the 70’s.
  • Partnerwork – We will work on your preps for double and triple turns.
  • Terminology: Boogaloo, Pandereta, Guajira

Class #4: Mambo

  • Learn to execute fast footwork with precision.
  • Partnerwork – We will work on hand-tosses, illusions, hair-combs and hand tricks.
  • Terminology:  Contratiempo, Tiempo, Clave

Class #5: Latin Jazz

  • Learn how to use the full length of your extremities to create artistic lines.
  • Partnerwork – We will work on how to utilize the space to create quick exchanges of placements with your partner.

Class #6: Afro-Cuban Movement

  • Learn how to use the full range of motion of your body to interpret the music beats.
  • Partnerwork – We will work on flow and how to tie moves together with ease.
  • Terminology:  Muelleo, Orishas, Rumba, Yambu, Guaguanco

Class #7: Cha-cha (Open for Level 3 Dancers)

  • Learn proper execution of figure 8 movements and sharp feet.
  • Partnerwork – We will work on proper connection on open leads to communicate with your partner.
  • Terminology:  Chachacha, Guajira, Danzon, Guaracha

Class #8: Mambo Fusion

  • Learn to incorporate different movement and techniques in a solo combination
  • Partnerwork – We will work on hand-tosses, illusions, hair-combs and hand tricks.
  • Terminology:  Masacote, Descarga, Changüi