Here’s your opportunity to work and train with Mayambo, one of Chicago’s premiere dance companies!

Tryout Date: Sunday, April 7th

Starting promptly at 2:00 p.m., our  audition will start with a quick warm-up followed by an overview of fundamental movements and intermediate level choreography. Make sure to give it your all as we will be assessing people’s work ethic, focus and willingness to learn!

The Dance: Salsa on2

Mayambo has developed a reputation as a go-to destination for Salsa in Chicago. If you’re a newer dancer and are interested in taking your Salsa game to the next level, this is a great starting point. Get exposure to the Mayambo style and prepare to show off what you’ve learned on the big stage!

The Goal: PERFORM!

Want to sink your teeth into a a fun and exciting challenge? We’ve got you covered! Work towards a common goal, make new friends in a welcoming environment and learn  brand new choreography with fellow dancers who are eager to strut their stuff on dance floors all across Chicago! 

** The choreography will incorporate shines and partnerwork.

Audition Schedule

Siboney - Mayambo Student Team

2:00 p.m. - Siboney

Siboney is our new training team. If you are unsure of your current level, start here and try out for both Siboney and Palante. We will begin promptly with a follow along warm up to access your ability to pick up movements. We’ll then follow up with a small sample of footwork and partner work choreography, which will help us ascertain your current skill level.

Siboney - Mayambo Student Team

2:35 p.m. - Palante

Our semi pro team is where we prepare our most serious and dedicated students to work with our pro team, Mayambo. The training will be more intense with more challenging routines than in Siboney. In Pa’lante, you’ll fully acclimate yourself to the Mayambo style and level up your dance abilities. Try out for Pa’lante if you have over 1 1/2 years experience dancing Salsa on2.

Siboney - Mayambo Student Team

3:10 p.m. - Quetzal (formerly Mayambo Ladies)

Calling all dancers! If you’re looking to add some finesse, fire and fierceness to your dancing, then look no further! Train with one of Chicago’s absolute best dancers/performers, who will make sure that you learn how to execute and express movements with intention and precision.  

Mayambo Pro

(Invite Only) If you’re interested in dancing with our professional team, please audition for Pa’lante.

** The choreography will incorporate shines and partnerwork.

About Mayambo

At the heart of Chicago’s vibrant Afro-Latin dance community, Mayambo Dance Company is a collective of enthusiastic and dedicated dancers. Our mission? To push the boundaries of artistic excellence. Our dance family includes the professional Mayambo Dance Company, our semi-pro team, Pa’lante, the Mayambo Ladies, and our training team, Siboney.

We take pride in offering dancers of all levels the opportunity to advance their skills and shine on stage and the social dance floor. Known for amazing performances and awesoem social dancers, Mayambo has earned its place as one of Chicago’s top Latin dance companies. Bound by our love for Salsa and a commitment to excellence, we’re here to make a mark, blending professionalism within a welcoming community.

Mayambo Dance Family

How will this work??

Read through the list of frequently asked questions to help you understand the audition process.

Can I audition if I'm a beginner?

We’d recommend that you have at least 4-6 months of Salsa training in order to have a chance of participating in this audition. Aspiring dancers should feel comfortable dancing Salsa on2 and have some general awareness of the fundamentals of dance Salsa in order to be considered. That said, we do offer opportunities for eager dancers who want to dive in and really transform their dance ability. 

What are the commitments and details if I get accepted?

All the practice times and dates will be dependent on what team you qualify for. There is an opportunity to participate in more than one team, but we ask that you are fully able to commit to each team before auditioning. 

What should I wear for the audition?

Make sure to bring both shoes and clothes you feel comfortable in when you dance. We’d also recommend bringing water as we plan to work you out! If you’re someone who sweats, no worries, we ask that you bring an extra shirt as well. Other than that, just bring a positive attitude and a strong work ethic to the audition.

How much are the group dues?

We will discuss the financial commitments of participating in the team at the audition. Included in the group dues is access to all cirriculum classes at the studio as well as discounted practice space and private lessons. 

Can I be on multiple teams?

Absolutely! If you audition for multiple teams and the directors accept you after the audition, then you’re absolutely welcome to join multiple teams as long as you’re able to honor your commitments to the respective dance teams. 

Not Your Normal Dance Company

We are deeply committed to developing the next generation of Afro Latin dancers.
To achieve this, we place a strong emphasis on the necessity of attending weekly classes to supplement your dance progression. It’s imperative for all aspiring Afro-Latin dancers to gain an understanding of the dances they perform. Our classes are in place to develop your technical skills,  deepening your understanding of the movements you’ll encounter in our choreography.

Therefore, attendance at these classes is not optional; it is mandatory. This requirement is a part of your commitment to participating in any of the performance groups at Mayambo. You will be assigned the appropriate class for your current level in order to facilitate your development. 

Ready To Join The Mayambo Dance Family?

Fill out the form below and RSVP to reserve your spot at the audition!

Mayambo Audition 2024

Secure your spot to our audition with a one-time  $5 RSVP fee. This is your chance to join a passionate community committed to excellence. If Salsa is your passion, prove it. RSVP now—serious contenders only. Your journey to growth starts here.