Sessions Start on Wednesday, December 1st at 6:30 p.m.!

Welcome to Chicago’s most thorough and easy to follow system for Salsa dancing success!

Our ON2 ESSENTIALS programs identifies the most crucial movements you need to know in order to understand the language of Salsa. With our proven methods, you’ll be feeling confident and dancing Salsa with consistency and clarity.

Follow our proven techniques and watch your Salsa dancing skills grow!

On2 Essentials 1 - Foundations

Foundation Steps

We cover, in detail, all of the most pertinent steps which make up the vocabulary of Salsa. We strongly believe that the best way to dance Salsa with a partner, is to first learn to understand your footwork and role in the dance.

On2 Essentials 1 - Footwork

Salsa Shines

You need to learn to get fancy! How do you do that? Shines of course! A big part of dancing Salsa on2 is to incorporate shines into your social dancing. There are a variety of fun and challenging shines to learn that help with timing, balance and speed.

On2 Essentials 1 - Partnerwork

Partner Dancing

Most places jump right to this but not Mayambo. To dance with a partner is an art-form which requires each person to know their part. We drill the basic techniques over and over again to instill a solid foundation and get our students to dance with confidence


Work With The Director Of Mayambo

Our one of a kind On2 Essnetials classes provide you the benefit of getting invaluable feedback from founder and director of the Mayambo Dance Company. You get eqaul attention whether you’re a lead or follow. You’re in great hands!

Equal Attention To Leads And Follows

We spend ample time making sure both leads and follows understand their specific techniques to ensure they have success at the studio and on the social dance floor.

360 Approach To Salsa

Students will experience all facets of dancing Salsa on2. Expect to understand more about timing, foundations steps, fancy footwork and partner dancing.

On2 Essentials 1 - Features
Over 90% of students surveyed would recommend our ON2 ESSENTIALS program for learning to dance Salsa.

For me, working with Mayambo is a genuine exchange of the joy of dance. They focuses on getting you seriously prepared for your dance journey, always pushing you to reach for your full potential. They challenge their students to exercise fundamentals, ensuring their ongoing success in whatever physical medium they wish to pursue.

You to never take yourself too seriously, and most importantly, they make the whole learning process fun! It’s a pleasure to learn from Mayambo ❀️

Michelle Z

If your goal is to improve your balance, leading/following skills, or your dancing in general, Mayambo can be an amazing guide and companion on this journey, with an incredible eye and talent for identifying small or big things to improve, which in turn will reflect in your dancing, transforming it into a more enjoyable dancing experience both to you and the partners you dance with.

Their focused attention to details, along with his creative solutions to fix old bad habits, while also introducing new effective ones, make them a great studio and one I highly recommend to anyone who is serious about improving their dancing.

Marius G

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my private lessons here! You are getting the bang for your buck and sooooo much more. I’ve taken classes at the MOST popular places in the city and NO ONE, and I mean NO ONE stacks up to the knowledge and understand of the way the body works like Mayambo! This is the best kept secret in the city (well not anymore because I just told you)!
Natasha C

Meet Your Instructor

Del Dominguez - Mayambo
Del Dominguez
Del Dominguez is the founder and director of the Mayambo Dance Company/Studio. he has over 18 years of experience dancing, performing and choreographing Salsa.

He is one of the founding members of Chicago’s legendary Descarga Caribe dance company which was the city’s first Salsa on2 Dance Company. With Descarga, Del traveled the world performing alongside his mentor, the amazing Sekou McMiller, in such places as Puerto Rico, London, Tokyo, Beijing, Rome, Mexico and all across the United States.

He has also danced professionally as a competitive Ballroom dancer in the American Rhythm division and has over 6 years of experience teaching, coaching and competing.

Del is a 4 time Salsa champion and most notably co-founded/directed the Mixed Motion Art Dance Company which were first place winners in the small teams division at the Ultimate Latin Dance Challenge in Las Vegas.

Furthermore, he co-directed a theatrical piece for the prestigious Giordano Dance Company of Chicago which debuted at the Harris Theater to rave reviews from local press.

Dell is currently invested in growing the Mayambo dance family and elevating his dance companies and the Chicago Salsa dance community as a whole.

Frequently Asked Questions
Salsa students in class
What Safety Measure Are In Place During Class?

We’re constantly following the CDC guidelines for the appropriate measures to take during class. As of December 2021, mask wearing is mandatory regardless of vaccination status. We also provide ample amounts of hand sanitizer for our clients.

Do I Need A Partner?
No! You’re welcome to come to class and enjoy meeting new friends and dance partners at our studio. We do our best to make sure numbers are even and that you spend most of your time dancing and having fun!
What Kind Of Shoes Do I Wear
As long as you are comfortable and are wearing shoes that do not have a sticky bottom, you should be fine. We always recommend dance shoes, but street shoes with some give and appropriate as well.
What If I Miss A Class?
As a boutique studio, we offer a smaller amount of specialized classes. As such, we don’t have options to do a make up at the beginner level. We ask our students to plan ahead to make sure they can attend each class in the 4 week session. We do offer a credit for ONE CLASS if you happen to miss and we apply that to your next session by way of a custom coupon on your purchase.

New Sessions Start on Wednesday, December 1st at 6:30 p.m.!

At this time, we only allow 8 leads and 8 follows in every session. We do this ensure class balance and so that each student receives ample attention. Our main priority is helping students progress in their Salsa dancing development.

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Yes, I’ve been wanting to learn how to dance Salsa forver! I’m ready, let’s do this!