Friday, March 27, 2009

Rumba - Basic

Although one of the slower Latin Dances, Rumba is one of the more difficult dances to do correctly for beginners as it requires you to fill a lot of the time without actually having anything to do with your feet!

With a lot of the steps being very similar to the Cha Cha Cha, the Rumba also starts on the 2. It will generally count "2, 3, 4-1" as the "4-1" is often one step that needs to be spread over two counts. Much like with the Cha Cha, it may be beneficial to start with your weight on the opposite foot to the one that you want to start on, and then transfer your weight on the 4-1 counts.

Leaders'/Men's Footwork

Step forwards on your Left foot on count 2. Replace your weight onto your Right foot on count 3 and step side onto your Left foot, taking the full two counts of 4-1 to transfer the weight over the Left leg.

Step backwards on your Right foot on count 2. Replace your weight onto your Left foot on count 3 and step side onto your Right foot, taking two counts (4-1) to transfer the weight completely over your Right leg.

Followers'/Lady's Footwork

Step backwards on your Right foot on count 2. Replace your weight onto your Left foot on count 3 and step side onto your Right foot, taking two counts (4-1) to transfer the weight completely over your Right leg.

Step forwards on your Left foot on count 2. Replace your weight onto your Right foot on count 3 and step side onto your Left foot, taking the full two counts of 4-1 to transfer the weight over the Left leg.

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