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Spinning Mambo into Salsa: Caribbean Dance in Global Commerce

Juliet McMains


This book chronicles histories of salsa dance in the United States, starting from its incarnation as mambo in the late 1940s, through the creation of salsa as a musical genre in the 1970s, into the formation of a global salsa dance industry in the 1990s and 2000s. Equally informative for those interested in the dance’s changing aesthetics and its relationship to evolving music styles and those concerned with how sociopolitical issues related to race, class, ethnicity, nationality, and gender played into this history, the text considers dance as both an object and an agent of change. Each chapt ... More

Keywords: salsa, mambo, music, social dance, Internet, Latin, oral history, Palladium, global, commercialization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199324637
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199324637.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Juliet McMains, author
Associate Professor of Dance, University of Washington, Seattle, WA