The Rumba will sharpen your sense of rhythm, timing and muscular control.
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 United States. Rumba rhythms have found their way into Country Western, Blues, Rock & Roll and other popular forms of 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 step in Rumba is counted Slow, Quick, Quick (SQQ).
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.
|Smooth controlled rocks in ail directions
|Develop momentum control, weight off heels
|Teach smooth staccato interpretation
|Concentrate on acute & accurate sense of timing
|Accent complete freedom in all rhythmic expression
|Brace towards partner for better presentation
|Waltz, Cha Cha, Mambo
Rumba songs and artists include:
And I Love Her — The Beatles
It’s Now or Never — Elvis Presley
Besame Mucho — Xavier Cugat
Neon Moon — Brooks and Dunn
Under The Boardwalk — The Drifters