In the 1940s, Perez Prado came up with the dance (mambo) in synchronization with mambo music. He was the first person to have coined the term “mambo”. Mambo reached its peak in popularity when it reached New York. The mambo was especially popular in New York dance halls, where dancers twisted and turned and threw their partners, arms, legs and hands in the air to win dance competitions. It was danced at places like the Palladium, China Doll, Havana Madrid and Birdland.