Rumba Dance Steps

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To dance the Latin rumba, which originated from a Cuban song, follow the slow-quick-quick-slow pattern of the 4-count measure. Discover the steps to the rumba with a demonstration from a dance instructor in this free video on ballroom dancing.

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Hello! My name is Nene Ortega. I'm a dance instructor at the Goddess' Store in Hollywood, Florida. In this clip, I'm going to show you the Rumba dance step. Rumba, another Latin ballroom style. Rumba comes from the Cuban song, the Cuban song meaning that they are four beats and you going to dance only three. What do I mean by this? That's we're going to pause a couple of beats in order to complete the dance. Okay, so I'm going to show you. Now, the rhythm will be slow, quick, quick, slow, quick, quick, slow. I'm going to show you the leader's part. You want to step forward with your left, usually leaders start with the left forward. So, it's going to be slow, side, together then we repeat that for you leaders. This is the first part of the box, forward, side, together. Now, I'm going to complete the box and it's going to be back, side, together, so it's slow, quick, quick, slow, quick, quick. Okay? Let me show you now the follower's part. The follower's part, we're going back. We're going to back with the right leg. We're going to step back, side, together, forward, side, together. In this rhythm, slow, a quick, quick, slow, a quick, quick, slow, a quick, quick. You're noticing that we mirror each other in the leaders and the followers in the ballroom. I'm going to do now the leader's part again, it's going to be forward with your left, slow, quick, quick, going back with your right, slow, quick, quick. So, it's slow, a quick, quick, slow, a quick, quick and if I am a follower it's going to be the opposite. Going back with your right, slow, quick, quick, slow, a quick, quick, slow, a quick, quick. This is the basic Rumba steps in Latin ballroom. For you, Nene Ortega in Hollywood, Florida.

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