Ballroom Rumba originated from a Cuban rhythm and dance, called the Bolero-Son. The international style was make popular by the descendants of African slaves of Cuba during the pre-revolutionary period and then derived from studies of dance in Cuba.
Its tantalizing rhythm first came to dancers of the United Sates in the early 1930s, and is still one of the most popular social dances. The Rumba is characterized by a heavy walking step and a smooth, subtle hip motion.
Basic Rumba Dance Steps
Rumba music has four beats in each measure (also known as 4/4 time). The basic Rumba step is a very simple box step: a slow forward or backward step and two quick side steps.
A slow step is danced over two counts of music, while a quick step is danced over one count. So each measure has one slow step and two quick steps.
Rumba is a compact dance, danced in place. The Rumba is not danced with the same body contact that is used in smooth-style dances. However, there may be times when the partnership looks and feels more attractive when a closer contact is felt. Smooth, subtle hip movement is characteristic of the Rumba.
Rumba music is typically between 120-144 BPM (beats per minute). Traditional rumba music incorporates a variety of Cuban instruments, including claves (two hard wooden sticks struck against each other), conga drums, and maracas. But you don’t have to dance to traditional music! Here are some modern songs that are great for rumba dancing:
- Stand by Me by Ben E. King
- Sway by Dean Martin
- I’m Not Giving You Up by Gloria Estefan
- How Deep is Your Love by The Bee Gees
- Shallow by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
- Have I Told You Lately by Van Morrison
- Under the Boardwalk by The Drifters
- Kokomo by The Beach Boys
Benefits of Rumba Lessons:
- It’s a great cardio workout that tones and strengthens your lower body
- Dance classes are a great way to meet new people and make new friends
- Dancing has been shown to be a great workout for your brain and relieve stress
- Your self-esteem and confidence will get a boost!
Take a look at some Fred Astaire students Rumba dancing:
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