Open Work is the broad term given to Mambo without a partner.
This practice consists of a short warm-up utilizing pre-arranged combinations of footwork, movements and gestures called "Shines." Shines are a training tool used to introduce and refine the basic principles of body mechanics, the possibilities of movement and footwork. At the higher levels, they serve as a base from which the practitioner can cultivate their ability to improvise freely over a set structure.
The instructional portion of this course includes a choreographed sequence used to introduce and apply concepts of movement and musicality. This allows us to explore the possibilities available for our own personal expression.
Open work is practiced to Salsa, Mambo, and Cha Cha Cha music, as well as other Son-based rhythms. It includes movements and patterns from the Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena, Cuban Rumba, Yoruba, West African, and Pachanga disciplines.
Open Level: this designation is given to specialty training that is suitable for all levels of understanding. The focus will be on the maturing of specific facets of the art through the use of exercises and training methods.