Super Mambo

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Mambo is a musical genre and dance style that developed originally in Cuba. Cuban dancers would describe mambo as "feeling the music" in which sound and movement were merged through the body.
Thalia was a mambo dancer. She danced in a mambo nightclub named "Mambo Café", a café that turned into a nightclub at night...

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Mambo is a musical genre and dance style that developed originally in Cuba. The earliest roots of mambo can be traced to the "Danzón de Nuevo Ritmo" (Danzón with a new rhythm) made popular by the orchestra "Arcaño y sus Maravillas" conducted by famous bandleader Antonio Arcaño. He described the "Mambo" as follows:

"Mambo is a type of syncopated Montuno that possesses the rhythmic charm, informality and eloquence of the Cuban people."

Cuban dancers would describe mambo as "feeling the music" in which sound and movement were merged through the body. The original mambo dance was characterized by freedom and complicated foot-steps. However, the Mambo dance that was invented by Perez Prado and was popular in the 1940s and 50s in Cuba, Mexico City, and New York is completely different from the modern dance that New Yorkers now call 'Mambo' and which is also known as Salsa "on 2".

Thalia was a mambo dancer. She danced in a mambo nightclub named "Mambo Café", a café that turned into a nightclub at night. When she wanted to dance with a man in particular, she would come over and tell him:

"Dance with Me."

She always got what she wanted from men when it was about dancing Mambo. But when she dated a man and he asked her to marry she always gave him the same answer:

"Por siempre jamás" (forever never)

She wanted to keep her independence and freedom. This way she could have multiple love relationships and break up whenever she wants. But that was before she met and married music executive Tommy Mottola. When you date a man who owns a fortune of hundreds of millions of dollars, you don't tell him: "Por siempre jamás." This is true for women who believe as much in money as in love.

Marriage is a business. It's not about love. If you look closer to Thalia's life since she got married with Mottola, you'll notice how successful she became as a businesswoman:

 

In 2002, she signed a deal with Kmart in order to release her own clothing collection for women, as well as accessories and home products. She became the first Mexican woman to launch a clothing brand in the US.

In 2003, she debuted her eyewear collection under the brand name "Thalía Eyewear Collection" in association with Kenmark Optical.

In 2004, she entered the editorial market by releasing her own magazine Thalía in US, produced by American Media and oriented to the female Latin youth.

In 2004, she signed a contract with Hershey's with which she released her own chocolate and candy brand.

In 2007, she launched her perfume, produced by "Fuller Cosmetics" company.

In 2007, she joined ABC Radio and started her own radio show known as "The Conexión Thalía Radio Show", in which she discusses music, fashion, news and political issues, and invites various people to talk with her on different issues.

In 2007, she released the beauty adice book "Thalía: ¡Belleza!-Lessons in Lipgloss and Happiness."

In 2009, she released her second book entitled "Thalia: ¡Radiante!-Your Guide to a Fit and a Fabulous Pregnancy."

In 2011, she released her third book, which is her autobiography and named "Growing Stronger."

In 2012, she inaugurated her own yoga center in New York.

In 2015, she signed a contract with "ePura", a Mexican water company and she also signed an exclusive deal with Macy's in order to launch her apparel, shoes and jewelry collections.

 

The Marriage Certificate brings with it the "business mindset". In the end, the marriage certificate is not about the union of people. It is about the divorce.

Then what about Mambo dancing? Thalia had no time for dancing. She was too busy running her multiple businesses and raising her family. The responsibilities and money making leave no time for having fun. But this is only true for over ambitious and materialistic people like Thalia and Mottola. However, she found some fun and happiness in family life. In the middle of money making and business there's always a place you can call paradise if you create it for yourself and your loved ones.

"Mylittle boy loves mambo, and my daughter, besides Justin Bieber, likesbachata - in our house, we're always singing."

And dancing mambo and bachata with mum and dad!

"Ivealways been able to transform happiness and pain and sorrow and tearsinto positive energy."

And positive energy means success in life, as much in business as in personal life.

"Idon't smoke, drink. I exercise, drink lots of water, eat well, don'tsun. Me cuido.There'sa lot of things that I want to do."

She means she doesn't sunbath and that she takes care of herself (se cuida).

"I'mmore relaxed. I know I have difficulties with some verbs. But if theyget me, they get me. And if they don't understand me, they don'tunderstand me."

She especially has problems with verbs like "sun". Oops!, it's not a verb. If she can't make the difference between some verbs and the corresponding nouns, for sure they won't understand her. But you don't always need to be understood in English to be a successful businesswoman in the US. There are still plenty of Mexicans and Spanish speakers in the country.

"Thisis the fantasy of every woman - to hold at our feet servile and tameslaves, like in Roman times. And the worse we treat them, the morepassionate they become."

Here, "Humble Maria" has spoken. But she was just acting. It was not the real her.

"So, goodnight Thalia. Rich and famous is your "motto"(la). That's better than being a "Poor Miss Limantour."


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