What is Rumba?
Rumba is a Latin dance performed with a slow tempo and commonly known as the “dance of love”. The hip movement known as “Cuban movement” is the outstanding and dominant figure of the dance. The rumba, which has a 4/4 rhythm, is positional dance and can be easily performed in tight spaces.
Rhythm of rumba tempo of heartbeats. The figures and choreography visualise the passion and romance between partners. In the soul of rumba, the woman tries to tempt the man and make hot figures to provoke him. The man, in turn, tries to show that he is attracted by the woman’s charm. However, the story ends with rejection of man by the lady.
Rumba is also called “Latin waltz”. The main reason is that some figures of waltz might be applied to the rumba dance with the timing of the rumba and the movement of the Cuban hip movement.
In Cuba, the word “rumbiar” is used to mean dancing and it is thought that the rumba word is derived from this root.
History of Rumba
Rumba has Spanish and African roots and is a folkloric dance played with high-tempo drum orchestra. Slaves immigrated from Africa to Cuba in the 16th century have an important role in the birth of the dance in the Latin world. Rumba was introduced to the United States in 1913 by Lew Quinn and Joan Sawyer and to Europe by Pierre Lavelle in the 1950s. Today, although it has many different styles, rumba has standardized rules as a type of international ballroom dances.
Characteristics of Rumba
Character: Passionate, sexy, provocative and romantic
Style: International Latin
Music genre: Slow Latin ballad. Click for the examples of the rumba dance musics: https://www.music4dance.net/dances/rumba
Tempo: 32-36 measure/ min (varied by style) or 128-144 BPM (number of beats per minute). Rumba temposu is fast in the middle (allegretto).
Tempo refers to the playing speed of the music accompanied by the dance. You can test tempo from the BPM application at http://www.beatsperminuteonline.com.
Main rhythm features: 4/4 and 2.1.1 (slow-fast-fast)
How to dance rumba
The following basic principles of rumba figures can be mentioned:
* The movement of the hip, the symbol of passion and passion, is the most important figure of the dance.
* Wrist, knee and hip coordination is extremely important.
* Basic foot movement combination; ” Forward left, side right, close your feet together, back right, side left, close your feet together. Repeat.”. The timing for the steps taken forward and backward is “fast”, while the rhythm for the steps to the right and left is “slow”.
Those who want to learn basic figures of rumba dance can browse the following video: