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Rumba

 

 

Origin

The Rumba mostly evolved in Cuba in the 16th century with great influence from the African slaves. Although this Spanish/African mix is consideredto be Cuban, versions of this dance were to be seen on other Caribbean islands and in Latin America generally. In the late 1920's, such Band Leadersas Xavier Cugat introduced the Rumba into the U.S.A. In the 1930's this dance became popular in London. This dance is built around the famous"Cuban Box", and features "Cuban Motion".

Music

Danced in 4/4 timing, the music has 4 even beats with the accent on the first beat of the bar. Slow sensual melodies are used, often with vocals. 

Characteristics:

Using "Cuban Motion", this dance should display a sensuous movement of the hips and a sense of flirtation between the man and lady. The various rhythms and body expressions make this a very popular dance to watch and to participate in.


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