The Rumba 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 rhymes and Spanish melodies, the Americanized Rumba was the basis for the Mambo and the Cha-Cha in the U.S.  Rumba rhythms have found their way into country-western, blues, rock ‘n roll another popular forms of music.


Rumba music is usually written in 4/4 time and may be played over wide variety of tempos.  Often in Rumba music there may be an underlying pulsation of and 1 & 2 & 3 & 4.  The basic step in Rumba is counted slow, quick, quick (SQQ).


The distinctive hip movement 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.

Teaching elements

  • Rumba breaks                                   Smooth controlled rocks in all directions
  • Rumba Turns                                    Develop momentum control, weight off heels
  • Footwork                                           Teach smooth staccato interpretation
  • Control                                               Concentrate on acute and accurate sense of timing
  • Arm styling                                       Accent complete freedom in all rhythmic expression
  • Latin posture                                    Brace towards partner for better presentation
  • Compare/Contrast                          Waltz, Cha-Cha, Mambo

Rumba songs and artists include:

And I love her – the Beatles

It’s Now or Never – Elvis Pressley

Besame Mucho – Xavier Cugat

Neon Moon – Brooks and Dunn

Under the Boardwalk – The Drifters