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This romantic latin dance will sharpen your sense of rhythm, timing and muscular control.

History:

The Rumba was at the beginning of the Cuban and Latin American dance crazes. Danced to music inspired by African rhythms and Spanish melodies, the Americanized Rumba was the basis for the Mambo and Cha Cha in the U.S. Rumba dance rhythms have found their way into Country Western, Blues, Rock & Roll and other popular forms of music

Music:

Rumba music is usually written in 4/4 time and may be played over a wide variety of tempos. Often in rumba music there may be an underlying pulsation of & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4. The basic Rumba dance steps are counted Slow, Quick, Quick (SQQ)

Characteristics:

The distinctive hip movement of Rumba, called the Cuban Motion, is one of the most important elements of this dance. Introduced in the Rumba, it is an important styling element in a number of popular Latin American Dances.

Teaching Elements:

  • Rumba Breaks--Smooth controlled rocks in all directions
  • Rumba Turns--Develop momentum control, weight off heels
  • Footwork--Teach smooth staccato interpretation
  • Control--Concentrate on acute & accurate sense of timing
  • Arm Styling--Accent complete freedom in all rhythmic sense of timing
  • Latin Posture--Brace towards partner for better presentation
  • Compare/Contrast--Waltz, Cha Cha, Mambo

Rumba songs and artists include:

  • And I Love Her - The Beetles
  • It's Now or Never - Elvis Presley
  • Besame Mucho - Xavier Cugat
  • Neon Moon - Brooks and Dunn
  • Under the Boardwalk - The Drifters

Coming Soon: Rumba Video Clips

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