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They say that Tango is the dance of passion, and Rumba is the Dance of Love. The dance began to gain prominence in the early 1930s, and by the '40s was already an international favorite. The word Rumba is a generic term, covering a variety of names (i.e., Son, Danzon, Guagira, Guaracha, Naningo), for a type of West Indian music or dancing. The exact meaning varies from island to island. In the English speaking world, it is often called the "Cuban Rumba" because of it's folk dance roots in the Cuban Guajira dance, while in the Spanish speaking world it is referred to as the Bolero-Rumba. But whatever you call it, call it Romantic.


Technical specifics

Meter: 4/4
Tempo: 104 beats per minute
Basic Rhythm: 2 3 4 (1), 2 3 4 (1)  Quick-Quick-Slow 
Music Style: Slow Latin ballad
Listen to sample music
View a video of Cuban motion - critical to rumba

Movement fundamentals

The Rumba is a "spot dance". It is danced in one spot and is expressed through body movement. The character is romantic and sexy. The style or technique used is Cuban motion of the hips.

All steps should be taken to the inside edge of the ball of the foot. As steps are taken, the pointed toe of the moving foot skims the floor as it moves into place. As with all Latin dances, the footwork is ball-flat, ball-flat for all steps. All steps are taken with foot turn out. Cuban motion is an essential element of the dance. Cuban motion, especially the hip action, comes mainly from the alternate bending and straightening of the knees.

Click HERE for the steps of the Rumba.

Link to more advanced Rumba steps.


| Developed 2006 | Peter Hastie |