Salsa > Tito Puente: When the Drums Are Dreaming

Discussion in 'Salsa' started by Steve Pastor, Apr 18, 2013.

  1. Steve Pastor

    Steve Pastor Moderator Staff Member

    Ran across this book while researching Lee Lawless, who hired Laure' Haile and her husband to manage an Arthur Murray studio in Tucson.

    Currently availble preview on lawless &f=false

    Looks like some good info on rumba and mambo.

    "What Lawless determined was the Cubans danced a combination of fast rumba (also known as guaracha) intermixed with Lindy Hop and jittebug step patterns."

    Interested in reactions and comments.
  2. tangotime

    tangotime Well-Known Member

    I worked for them in Phoenix, she was a former national DD .Guaracha was in the A.M.Gold Syl. (of which I stiil have copy ).The Lindy hop variation ,was essentially a back spot turn ( natural top ) .
  3. Steve Pastor

    Steve Pastor Moderator Staff Member

    Were they teaching "Put Your Little Foot" and Varsouviana when you were there, and when was that?
  4. tangotime

    tangotime Well-Known Member

    PYL, I dont remember , but the Vars. yep, tho I never did . I was given all the Intern style students ..... 1962 . Lee was a task master when it came to dance sessions ( which she held daily ) big staff, about 12/14 as I recall . Mike never came out of the office .

    She eventually came to manage an AM studio in Atlanta ,about 1982/3(?) after Mike had passed on,which closed shortly afterwards ,and, they both came to a club ,where I was judging a Latin Hustle contest in 1979 .
  5. Steve Pastor

    Steve Pastor Moderator Staff Member

    Since I have your attention...

    Did you know Lew and Norma Carter in Milwaukee?
    Laure' wrote that they owned 25 studios circa 1950!

    Laure' wrote that she learned mambo from "the Mambo Crowd," but she also wrote that they went to Havanna several times. Lee Lawless is quoted as saying the mambo was "too primitive" and Murray "had to make the steps easier."

    Comments on that, because I think you've written about the style differences?
  6. tangotime

    tangotime Well-Known Member

    Heard of them ,but never met.

    The primitive quote, is probably a reference to the Guaguanco form of the genre .Very ritualistic in design . Plus, the Cuban form of Son and Casino was/is danced in closed position, and back when , the Bronze,as it is today in many studios , was taught with little or nobody contact.

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