Used by Permission and adapted from the Dance Vision International Dance Association - American Style Rhythm Bronze Manual (MarB04). www.dancevision.com
Rumba draws its roots from Cuba, Latin America and the Caribbean, which are blends of African and Spanish influences. Over time, the term "Rumba" grew to include generically several dance forms and music styles. Current Ballroom Rumba comes from one of the slower versions. In the International style, the dance is spelled "Rhumba" and is pronounced with an emphasis on the RHUm-ba sound. The American version spells the dance "Rumba." Why? Because we can't do it the same way the Brits do. :))
Band director, Xavier Cugat, is credited with introducing Rumba to America in the late 1920's. Its popularity grew in the 30's and 40's and then was standardized as a ballroom dance in the mid-1950's.
Rumba is sometimes called the "dance of love", distinguished by its romantic feel. Perhaps its most important characteristic is the continuous, flowing Cuban Motion which give Rumba its sensual look.
Time Signature: 4/4
Footwork is ball-flat throughout, toes turned out, feet kept in contact with the floor and with downward pressure. Stretch the movement on the "slow" for two full counts. Use body movement to interpret the slow romance of the music.
Stand with a forward poise to create connection, maintain the same height throughout, and keep head up and shoulders relaxed. Do not tilt the shoulders from side- to-side. Take small steps, lead and follow from the center of the body, use compression and tension, and complement the music with the free arm.
Use proper Cuban motion with knee veer, straightening the standing leg, keeping the rib cage up, and moving in opposite direction to the hips.
Some of My Favorite Rumba Songs:
1. "Sign Your Name" by Offshore Orchestra on Ballroom Confisery, Vol. 3
Bronze Syllabus Figures:
1. Side Basic
Many Rhythm figures can be danced in multiple dances, often by just changing the count. Sometimes the entrance into or exit from the figure needs to be modified.