Mambo and Salsa Teacher
Carlos König
Class Descriptions

Born in Santiago de Chile, Carlos König trained as a classical guitarist, played professionally and taught music for almost twenty years.   When he started teaching mambo in 1994, he integrated his musical sensibility, discipline and teaching experience into his dance.   His style is now known among New York City Latin dance aficionados and beyond as a uniquely musical, creative and energetic translation of mambo music into motion.  His peers and his students acknowledge him as one of the top teachers of mambo in New York.

Carlos began teaching mambo, salsa and cha-cha independently in 1994 at 72nd Street Studios in the Upper West Side, and through years of devoted teaching he has steadily built a strong following that now studies with him at the new Ripley-Grier Studios in midtown Manhattan.  He has traveled to Germany, Italy, Hong Kong and Puerto Rico as a guest mambo teacher and performer, and was asked to teach at last year's and this year's Midsummer Night Swing Latin Dance night at Lincoln Center.  He shared the stage last year with "Palladium Mambo Legend" Freddie Rios and Jimmy Anton in a performance tribute to mambo music.  This year (2001) he teaches on the night of Cubanismo's performance.

In addition to his teaching credentials, Carlos has performed in various venues, such as the 1994 Columbian Musical Festival at Madison Square Garden with Jimmy Anton, and along with  partners Joyce Blint and Ligia Builes, at  the 1998 Congreso Mundial de la Salsa in Puerto Rico, and at numerous clubs and studios throughout the New York metropolitan area.   Carlos has also won several mambo contests, including the 1998 Disney Mambo Marathon at the Copacabana.

Carlos can be found teaching all levels of mambo weekly at the Ripley/Grier Studios at 520 Eighth Avenue in New York City.