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Basic Rumba Steps

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Rumba, also known as the "dance of love", the "Latin Waltz" or the "Waltz with a wiggle", is a spot dance which means the couple does not travel around the dance floor like in Waltz or Foxtrot, but rather stays in one location. The basic Rumba step is a very simple box step.

Rumba is a very sensuous dance that can be either danced as romantic or as very showy and coquettish. The great rhythms and sexy movements make it one of the most popular dances for weddings.

Instructions & Diagrams:

You start dancing in a closed dance position. The man's left hand is holding the lady's right hand with the elbows almost touching. The man's right hand is placed underneath the lady's shoulder blade. The lady's left hand is placed right behind the man's shoulder, flat on his back.

The basic box step consist of three basic steps (a pattern of two quick side steps and a slow forward step) in one measure of music. The rhythm of the steps is slow-quick-quick, and is danced to a music written in 4/4 time. A slow step is danced over two counts of music, while a quick step is danced over one count.

The basic step is a simple box step, with the lady mirroring the man's steps.

Basic Steps for Men

The gentleman starts with his left foot stepping forward. The man's steps are as follows:

Basic Rumba Steps For Men
  1. Step forward with your left foot
  2. Sidestep to the right with your right foot
  3. Move your left foot to your right foot
  4. Step back with your right foot
  5. Sidestep to the left with your left foot
  6. Move your right foot to your left foot


Basic Steps for Women

The lady starts with her right foot stepping backward. The woman's steps are as follows:

Basic Rumba Steps For Lady
  1. Step back with your right foot
  2. Sidestep to the left with your left foot
  3. Move your right foot to your left foot
  4. Step forward with your left foot
  5. Sidestep to the right with your right foot
  6. Move your left foot to your right foot
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