Latin Cumbia Dance Steps

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In cumbia dance steps, one leg is always slightly bent while the other is straight, which allows the hips to move freely. Learn a few cumbia dance moves with advice from an experienced dance instructor in this free video on Latin dance steps.

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Hello I am Rosario Nene Ortega, I am a dance instructor. I'm performing at the Goddesses Store in Hollywood, Florida. In this clip I am going to show you the Latin Cumbia dance steps. What you would need are comfortable clothing, comfortable pair of shoes, great Cumbia music, and a dance partner. So let's focus on the footwork for the Cumbia. The Cumbia, let me turn this way so you can see me better, you are going to have one foot is going to be behind, and the other is going to be in front. And this foot that is behind is half foot, you have half point. So it is not flat it is half the ball of your foot. Because this is the foot that is going to allow my hips to move. So I am going to do it the other side, let me move around. So I want to start with my right foot behind. Notice it is behind, I do like a little, it is not a straight behind it is like a little X, it is like a little X. So I am going to go up two, one, two, one, two, one, two, and I am going to move to the side, and come back or I can go around, around. So notice that I have one, two, one, two, and one leg is straight, and the other one is bent. The same applies for your dance partner. He is going to have one foot behind, which is bent, and the foot that is in front is straight. And we are going to do this together. So I am going to show you now. So it is one, two, one, two, one, two, one, two. So I am going to go around my partner, and come back, and he is right there. This has been Nene Ortega, thank you for watching.

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