Rumba

The Original Rumba is an African Folk Dance mostly evolved in Cuba in the 16th century with great influence from the African slaves. Versions of this dance were done in the Caribbean islands and Latin America, though this Spanish/African mix is considered to be Cuban. In the late 1920’s, such Band Leaders as Xavier Cugat (who was acclaimed for his Latin orchestra) introduced the Rumba into the U.S.A. This dance became popular in London around the 1930’s. This dance is built around the famous “Cuban Box”, and features “Cuban Motion”. The Rumba is 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. Using “Cuban Motion”, this dance should display a sensuous movement of the hips and the characteristic of flirtation between the leader and follower. The various rhythms and body expressions make the Rumba a very popular dance to watch and tends to be a crowd favourite.

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