Latin style Rumba


Rumba Dancing

Some dancers seen this dance the most erotic and sensitive from Latin dances – because of its slow pace and because many hip movements that are performed in his dancing. In fact, it is second in the rankings for the slowest (on the pace) dance.

The ballroom rumba derives its movements and music from the son, like salsa and mambo. The first serious attempt to “bring” Rumba in the U.S. was made by Lew Quinn and Joan Sawyer in 1913 Ten years later, Emil Coleman and his group began working with several Cuban singers and dancers in New York. In 1925 Benito Colada Club opened “El Chico” in Greenwich Village. The label stuck, and a rumba craze developed through the 1930s. This kind of rumba was introduced into dance salons in America and Europe in the 1930s, and was characterized by variable tempo, sometimes nearly twice as fast as the modern ballroom rumba.

Ballroom rumba

The modern international style of dancing the rumba derives from studies made by dance teacher Monsieur Pierre (Pierre Zurcher-Margolle). The international ballroom rumba is a slower dance than traditional one, about 120 beats per minute.

All social dances in Cuba involve a hip-sway over the standing leg as it is in slow ballroom rumba. In general, steps are kept compact and the dance is danced generally without any rise and fall. This style is authentic, as is the use of free arms in various figures. Competition figures are complex, and this is what separates competition dance from social dance. In competitions Rumba is the third dance.

One of basics figure in the Rumba dance is “Box figure”. There is also a variant, sometimes danced in, with box-like basic figures. This version has been generally supplanted by the international style in competitions, but may still be danced socially.