Learning the Rumba is a must for good latin dancing. It will sharpen your sense of rhythm, timing and muscular control.
The Rumba was at the beginning of the Cuban and Latin American dance crazes. Danced to music inspired by African rhythms and Spanish melodies, the Americanised Rumba was the basis for the Mambo and Cha Cha in the United States. 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.
The distinctive hip 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 Latin American dances.