The Rumba is an ever increasingly popular romantic latin dance and is better known as the latin get acquainted dance or the dance with with the wiggle. The Rumba will sharpen your sense of rhythm, timing and muscular control. Learning the Rumba is a prerequisite for good latin dancing. The cuban motion (hip movement) is essential in most latin dances. The Rumba is used by good dancers everywhere and provides an interesting variety of steps suited to a limited space. Neat, attractive and precise footwork gives you confidence in your dancing.
The Rumba was at the beginning of the Cuban of Latin American dance crazes. Danced to music inspired by African rhythms and Spanish melodies, the Americanized Rumba was the basic for the Mambo and Cha Cha in the U.S. Rumba rhythms have found their way into Country Western, Blues, Rock & Roll and other popular forms of music.
Rumba music is usually written in 4/4 time and may be played over a wide variety of tempos. Often in Rumba music there may be an underlying pulsation of & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4. The basic step in Rumba is counted Slow, Quick, Quick (SQQ).
The distinctive movement of Rumba, called the Cuban Motion, is one of the most important elements of this dance. Introduced in the Rumba, it is an important styling element in a number of popular Latin American dances.