The music style Salsa emerged in the 1950's from a conflation of Jazz elements, Latin Jazz, and afrocuban rhythms.
Up until today Salsa music and dance has gone through a lot of variation through the years and incorporated elements of many other music and dance styles.
Mambo is one of the original music styles, Salsa emerged from, and it is one of many different styles of the salsa dance.
The dance style Mambo is characterised by emphasising the count 2. This is why it is also called Salsa On 2.
Manu and Jasmin met at Prague Salsa Marathon in September 2018 dancing Mambo, Chacha and Son a whole weekend. Jasmin moved to London and from that moment on they trained together intensively and started performing and teaching together in April 2019 under the name MamboJazz, which represents their favourite music and dance style and is also built from their initials.
London is one of the most vibrant Salsa places in Europe with a huge and continuously growing Salsa community. We are very proud and happy to be part of this big community!
In July 2020 we moved to Munich (Germany) and due to the pandemic situation still can't start classes and social dance parties indoors. But meanwhile we dance and teach outdoors in the heart of Munich. See all details here.
Manu grew up in Peru, where Salsa has been part of his culture. At family reunions or parties Salsa was omnipresent and Manu danced with family and friends as soon as he could stand upright.
When he moved to Madrid as a teenager, Manu was introduced to Salsa Cubana and Cross body and familiarised himself with the history of the Salsa. Eager to raise his Salsa skills to the next level, Manu studied and practiced intensively the Salsa style Mambo. In short time he gained significant skills and knowledge, which led him to teach classes in Salsa On1 and On2 and to perfom in Salsa shows. Soon he was renowned as teacher and performer, especially for his tremendous repertoire in partnerwork and shines, and got invited to numerous events and congresses throughout Europe.
His in-depth understanding and knowledge of Salsa music and the history of Salsa also paved the way to Manu's DJ career, starting in 2004.
In 2014 he found his way to London - one of the most vibrant strongholds of Salsa with a large Salsa and Mambo community. In short, he was recognised and renowned by London's Salsa community as highly proficient Salsa teacher and DJ. Up until now, Manu builds an indispensable part of London’s Salsa scene.
At the Salsa Marathon in Prague 2018 Manu met the german dancer Jasmin, who soon moved to London, where they formed MamboJazz and began creating salsa shows and teaching salsa classes together. While growing the MamboJazz brand Manu and Jasmin could be found teaching for some of the most prominent Salsa nights and events in the UK as well as performing and teaching for international events. In Oktober 2019 they started performing their second show "Mambo Jazz" with the debut performance on 26th October at Pexava, one of the most popular social nights in London. In Spring 2020 the Corona pandemic hit the break for all dancing activities. In July 2020 Manu moved to Munich (Germany) where he will start teaching and organising social dance parties together with Jasmin very soon. Stay tuned...
Born in Germany, Jasmin grew up arguable dancing as soon as she could walk, taking her first ballet class at the tender age of 3. She soon hit the stage performing her first main role in the ballet company at only 6 years of age.
With her ballet company, Jasmin performed in countless shows in some of the biggest Theaters in Munich as well as numerous TV shows. As her own interests in other dance forms grew, and with the ballet company diversifying, she was introduced and familiarised herself with new forms of dance adding various styles to her repertoires, such as tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, ballroom and Latin. Jasmin even started teaching Jazz and Ballroom and competed in international championships with a hip hop company at the age of 17.
In 2017, after one of her hip hop teachers invited her to a salsa event to assist with his class, she discovered Salsa and soon found a real passion and addiction to it. After a trip to New York to further her dance knowledge and experience, she by chance discovered the Mambo style of salsa and has never looked back, with Mambo being her main focus in Salsa to this day.
Although still new on the Salsa scene Jasmin has taken a studious approach to everything Salsa, attending several Salsa congresses and festivals with a diligent yet fun focus to creating her own style. During this period she met Manu and soon moved to London where she trained intensively in Mambo, particularly driven forward by Manu's experienced guidance. They soon formed MamboJazz and began creating salsa shows and teaching salsa classes together. At the same time, Jasmin got the opportunity to join and perform with Katrin Lerner's Ladies team "The Broadway Ladies" and in May 2019 they won the Stargate Competition at the Mambo City 5Star Congress in London.
While growing the MamboJazz brand Manu and Jasmin could be found teaching for some of the most prominent Salsa nights and events in the UK as well as performing and teaching for international events. In Oktober 2019 they started performing their second show "Mambo Jazz" with the debut performance on 26th October at Pexava, one of the most popular social nights in London before in Spring 2020 the Corona pandemic hit the break for all dancing activities. In July 2020 Jasmin moved back to her hometown Munich (Germany) togehter with Manu, where they will start teaching and organising social dance parties together very soon. Stay tuned...