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Top 10 Basic Rumba Beginner Steps (American Style) & Routine • Dance Insanity

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Welcome to this Beginner’s Guide for American Style Rumba Beginner Steps! You will start by learning the Top 10 Basic Rumba Steps and we’ll build your dance skills from there.

If you’re curious as to the differences between American and International style Rumba, you can check that out here. 

In this easy to follow 20 minute latin dance tutorial, you’ll be learning:

    1. 10 Basic Rumba steps (We show you the Leader parts and follower parts separately, as well as how to dance them with a partner.)
    2. Rumba Timing
    3. A basic Rumba dance routine that you can practice with these 10 basic steps.
    4. How to dance to music
    5. & MORE!

For those who want a little more challenge after this, you can check out some other videos such as:

How to do Rumba “New Yorker” Arm Styling (Beginner – Int Tutorial)

How to dance Rumba “Shoulder to Shoulder” 4 Ways (Intermediate Tutorial)

How to dance RUMBA Sliding Door 5 Variations (Advanced Tutorial)

And if this tutorial seems too fast/ too overwhelming for you, no problem! Start with this other Basic Rumba Walks – Hip Action Tutorial instead – where Tytus shows you how to do the hip action for Rumba Walks. Have fun!

10 American Basic Rumba Beginner Steps you’ll learn in this tutorial:
    1. 1. Rumba Basic (Box Step) – 1:04
    2. 2. Together Together – 2:34
    3. 3 & 4. Open Break, Under Arm Turn – 4:38
    4. 5. Fifth Position Breaks – 6:56
    5. 6. Cucaracha – 9:28
    6. 7. Box Under Arm Turn – 10:43
    7. 8. Cross Over Break – 12:28
    8. 9. Spot Turn – 15:21
    9. 10. Cross Body Lead – 17:39
    10. American Rumba Basic Dance Routine (with counts): 20:40
    11. American Rumba Basic Dance Routine (with music): 22:35

For each of the above steps, you’ll learn:

A. What the step looks like with a partner
B. Leader’s part
C. Follower’s part
D. Timing of the step with a partner

At the end of the 10 steps, you’ll put it together into a routine and finally dance along with us to music! OH YEAH! Try it out and if it’s too fast and makes you anxious, then just slow it down and do it without music until you’re comfortable with the speed.

There is no hurry for you to learn it all at once. There is a lot of information, and body awareness as well as muscle memory that is required for Partner dancing. So, take your time, create some goals for what you want and start moving!

What is easy? What is challenging for you? Leave us a comment below. And if you have any questions, we’re happy to answer them. 🙂

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Rumba, or sometimes 'rhumba', is a slow and flirtatious dance. Some say it is the spirit and soul of Latin American dance. It's certainly a dance of romance and always a good choice for weddings.

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Quick intro

Rumba is generally regarded as the "dance of romance", but also known as the "Latin waltz" or the "waltz with a wiggle". Due to its slow rhythm and sensual movements, some call it the most intimate and passionate dance there is.

Learning rumba is not difficult. The ease of learning is actually one of the main reasons why it's more popular today than most other Latin dances (except perhaps salsa). Once you learn the simple steps, the music does the rest.

Rumba can be danced to a variety of music, from contemporary to traditional. Here are a few popular songs to give you an idea:

  • And I Love Her - The Beetles
  • It's Now or Never - Elvis Presley
  • I'm Not Giving You Up - Gloria Estefan
  • Besame Mucho - Xavier Cugat
  • Falling Into You - Celine Dion
  • Neon Moon - Brooks and Dunn
  • Under the Boardwalk - The Drifters
  • Kokomo - Beach Boys
  • Girl from Ipanema - Frank Sinatra

Basic steps

Rumba is usually danced to music written in 4/4 time, with four beats to each measure. The basic step is a very simple box step. It consist of three basic steps - two quick side steps and a slow forward or backward step.

The rhythm of the steps is slow, quick, quick. A slow step is danced over two counts of music, while a quick step is danced over one count.

Rumba is a spot dance which means the couple does not travel around the dance floor like in many other dances, but rather stays in one location. It is done to music with slow tempo and emphasizes on hip movements (what we call Cuban motion).

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.

Basic Steps for Men

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

  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:

  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


OK, Leon and Kim will now show you how it all comes together. Don't forget to move your hips and when you're doing side steps first pull your leg in and then step to the side. The video will explain everything in detail:

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This was an introductory video lesson from Passion4Dancing online dance course. Here is why we recommend them.

Rumba dance: first steps with Denis Tagintsev

by Maria Glazyrina
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If love were a dance, no doubt it would be rumba. The history of the most sensual and romantic Latin American dance is mysterious and charming, just like itself. Ready to take your first steps in the world of rumba, where feelings rule? Hurry up to master the dance “language of love” together with coach, Dancing with the Stars winner Denis Tagintsev!

History of Rumba

Rumba originated in Cuba under the influence of rhythms brought from Africa by black slaves. The word "rumba" in Spanish means "way". Initially, the dance was performed by newlyweds, symbolizing the beginning of a life together. In it, in addition to encrypted allusions to the first sexual contact after the wedding, completely everyday motives were played out, in particular, driving a horse and crushing cockroaches.

One of the plots of the "rural rumba" - the mating games of animals - eventually acquired a more emotional form, becoming a through motif of the modern ballroom rumba. This is the story of a man who desperately wanted to win his beloved. And the girl, full of internal contradictions, then lets him closer, then suddenly breaks down and switches to another, further irritating her partner.

Music for rumba dance

The musical style of rumba was formed from the imposition of stringy Spanish melodies on sonorous African rhythms. Melodies for rumba are the slowest among the latin. Usually these are gentle, viscous songs with emotional vocals full of love languor, like Shade or Julio Iglesias.

Rumba is essentially a dance of people who are strongly attracted to each other. In a couple, dancers show passion, first reaching out to a partner, and then suddenly pushing him away. Unlike jive, the dance consists mainly in the movements of the body: the main thing here is the waves, the bends of the body, the directions of the lines of the hands, as well as the sensual gaze. All this forms incredibly beautiful, almost sculptural compositions, especially when the dancers freeze for a moment in poses.

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rumba - the transfer of body weight to the count of "times" without taking a step - makes the dance more interesting due to accentuated stops and accelerations, the dance seems to have its own breath.

The partner most often follows the partner, trying to demonstrate himself, to conquer the partner. The girl, on the other hand, is constantly moving away somewhere, but does not cease to lure and seduce her partner. She then lets him very close, then rejects him again, thereby remaining the mistress of the situation, thanks to her charms.

Do you want to win the heart of any man? With an online dance course from Denis Tagintsev, the winner of the Dancing with the Stars project, it's easy! Learn more about the course here.

Rumba is a special event in a ballroom dancing tournament. Girls put on light, weightless dresses, turning from playful coquettes into languid and passionate femme fatales. Men, on the other hand, switch their attention from the audience to their partner - touching, chasing, feeling her every breath.

Rumba for beginners (video)

Rumba teaches not only to move beautifully, but also to express one's feelings, helps to “splash out” the accumulated love experiences on the floor in order to let them go. Rumba has a lot of gentle touches, looks, this dance is especially pleasant to perform with a loved one.

Rumba choreography goes well with almost any slow song and can be danced even at a friends wedding, at a party or on the dance floor in the park.

Learn the basic rumba steps - a video lesson led by Denis Tagintsev will help you with this! And most importantly - fill every movement with your own emotions.



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