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MamboA fast Latin dance, similar to Salsa, which comes from Cuba. Mambo was brought to America in the 1940's and 50's and eventually adapted as an American style ballroom dance. Most of the movements emphasize the second beat in the measure, suggestive of the Clave rhythm which is fundamental to Mambo music.
measureA unit of music representing a group of consecutive beats. The number of beats in a bar or measure is measured by the time signature, and is determined by the ratio and relative strength of the naturally strong and weak beats occurring in the music.
medalist system

The universally recognized system which represents the various levels of dance proficiency. The levels are:

Bronze (social or foundation standard)
Silver (intermediate standard)
Gold(advanced standard)

Some schools recognize higher standards with names such as "Gold Star" and "Supreme Gold", but there are no set standards of naming conventions for these levels.
MemberThe third complete level of the International system, representing advanced movements and dance concepts.
MerengueAn energetic Latin-style march which originated in the Dominican Republic, which emphasizes a straight-ahead 8-count rhythm taken with Cuban Motion. Merengue is now also a subset of the modern club-style Salsa dances.
metronomic motionMovement of the body or part of the body which emulates the swinging action of a metronome: An upper portion of the body travels at a faster rate of speed than a portion of the body below.
ModernThe former term for the International Standard style of ballroom dancing. See also International Standard.
movingA description of the direction toward which the body is traveling, specifically when it is different from the body's facing alignment and/or pointing alignment.
moving footThe foot that does not have the majority of body weight, being free enough to move.
musicalityThe ability to hear and interpret music in a way that is both mechanically correct and artistically expressive.


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