Palladium Mambo, Palladium Era Mambo Dancers - Keeping the History Alive
Dancers Palladium Project Info Resources Juliet's Bio Contact Us

We are sorry to learn of the passing of Jackie Danois (Jackie Dee), Augie Rodriguez, Marilyn Winters, and Elita Terrace.

Compiled and maintained by Juliet McMains, Ph.D.

This website celebrates dancers of Palladium Era Mambo who created and nurtured mambo dancing in 1950s New York. Included here are short biographies outlining the dance careers of elite amateur and professional mambo dancers who performed at the Palladium. All of these dancers also danced and often performed at other venues throughout New York; some toured the country; and a few took their mambo acts on international tours. All began their careers as social mambo dancers on the floor of the Palladium and other iconic New York Latin dance halls.

Please Contribute

Each biography on this website is a work in progress, open to revision and expansion. If you danced at the Palladium or have any information about any of the dancers listed here (or Palladium dancers not yet included), I would love to hear from you! Please contact me to share your memories so that I can continue to expand this resource.

— Juliet McMains, Ph.D.

Palladium Era Dancers

  • Dottie Adams
  • Tybee Afra
  • Charlie/Carlos Arroyo
  • Bobby Benson
  • Barbara Boyce
  • Fat Harry Bruce
  • Peter Casciano (Mambo Pete)
  • Virgilio Cepeda (el Italiano)
  • Joe Centeno
  • Francis Chesleigh
  • Tony & Lucille Colón
  • Carmen Cruz (Denchi)
  • Mercedes Cruz
  • Lenny Dale
  • Jackie Danois (Jackie Dee)
  • Barry Del Rey
  • Tommy Diaz
  • Millie Donay
  • Ernie Ensley
  • A. Harry Fine
  • Vera Garret
  • Little Georgie
  • Andrew Jerrick
  • Kuki
  • Nina Lazar
  • John Lucchese
  • Joe Lustig
  • Luis Máquina
  • Mike Greenbaum (Mambo Mike)
  • Gene Ortiz
  • Peanuts
  • Killer Joe Piro
  • Cuban Pete
  • Mike Ramos
  • Horacio Riambau
  • Freddie Rios
  • Augie Rodríguez
  • Margo Rodríguez
  • Chino Romano
  • Julio Sabater
  • Steve Sands
  • Larry Seldon
  • Artie Shepard
  • François Szony
  • Tandelayo
  • Elita Terrace
  • Michael Terrace
  • Nilda Terrace
  • Aníbal/Andy Vázquez
  • Mike Vázquez
  • Joe Vega
  • Jill Wells
  • Marilyn Winters
Home Palladium Project Info Resources Juliet's Bio Contact Us
Header photos: Mambo Aces (Aníbal Vázquez and Mike Vázquez) and Jackie Danois Website Design: Wren McMains, Additional Credits