A great person in history once said “The more things change…the more things stay the same.”
Take a look at the performances below. One is from circa the 1950s-60s. The other is from 2014.
The first performance/interview clip features Augustin “Augie” Rodriguez and his wife Margo. They were national dance sensations (particularly with Mambo) through the 1950’s and 60s. They performed on the famed Ed Sullivan Show (which was a Jimmy Fallon-like show talk show for you youngsters), and for Presidents John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. They mixed many styles of dance with Mambo including Flamenco and Jazz. They were contemporaries of early Mambo dancers including Pedro “Cuban Pete” Aguilar and Millie Donay (born Carmela Dante Di Stefano), The Mambo Aces, and “Killer Joe” Piro.
Augie recently passed away in July 2014 from cancer. He was 86.
The second performance features two of the top professional Salsa dancers in the recent decade: Alex Da Silva and Alien Ramirez. Alien Ramirez has won several top dance competitions (such as various categories of the World Latin Dance Cup) both as a solo performer, and as a partner with another dancer.