Intermediate Rumba

The Rumba is a sexy, romantic dance originating from the Cuban Son in which the lady seduces the man through her beautiful leg action. This course covers the International-style version of Rumba, which is recognized worldwide.

This Intermediate Rumba video dance course is the exact same program we teach in our dynamic live group classes. A comprehensive three-hour program, your lessons are broken down into different parts to make it easier for you to learn.

Rumba steps are similar in structure to those in Cha Cha, but the music is slower and, instead of the Cha Cha Chasse, there is only one side step with a holding of beat number 1.

Most of the step patterns we cover in this routine are the same ones taught in the technical manuals used by dance teachers around the world. No matter where you travel in the world, dancers will be familiar with these patterns. We have added a couple of open-level variations to keep things interesting.

Rather than teaching a routine, we focus on “groups” of step patterns. The reason is that when people learn a routine they quickly fall into a pattern where they only dance the routine the same way every time, which is not only boring but limits your ability to improvise and explore everything ballroom dancing represents.

Throughout the video, we cover common issues that we see in teaching and in watching social dancers, providing useful insights to help you dance a more technically accurate and enjoyable Cha Cha, yet without the burden of too much technique.

What makes this program different from others is that we don’t just show you the figures in isolation, but in sets of step groupings so that you can see how each figure can be used in a sequence with others. This helps you to better understand each figure, and gives you insight and experience in finding new ways to combine figures in different ways as you dance.

Main Features

  • 16 terrific groups of figures perfect for social dancing
  • Expert, step-by-step instruction for rapid learning
  • Two instructors show you each figure in detail
  • Each group demonstrated from two directions
  • Detailed explanation of common mistakes to avoid
  • Learn how to combine steps to actually dance
  • Downloadable choreography guide

Who is this course suited for?

  • Anyone with basic Rumba experience wanting to expand their skill
  • Those who want to learn new figures in International-style Rumba
  • Those who want different ways to combine figures in creative choreography

Rumba Groups 1 and 2

We cover musicality, movement, body alignment and connection. Chapter markers jump to each topic. This also includes the two basic groups that are included in our Beginner Rumba program. To see the technique for these groups in more detail, please go through the Learn to Dance Rumba course.

Rumba Group 3: Alternative Basics

This group uses Alternative Basics for the man as he leads the lady through first a reverse underarm turn and then a natural underarm turn.

Rumba Group 4: Side Steps

This classic group begins with Side Steps, followed by two Cucarachas and three Cuban Rocks. We go over the difference between Cucarachas and Cuban Rocks in detail to help you avoid common problems.

Rumba Group 5: Fan and Hockey Stick

A staple combination in Rumba, we cover both the Fan and the Hockey Stick in considerable detail to help you learn it properly. We end with the Overturned Hockey Stick.

Rumba Group 6: The Natural Top

The Natural Top is a beautiful rotational figure. In this group, we end with a Bronze figure called the Natural Opening Out Movement, leading to Side Steps.

Rumba Group 7: Natural Top Alternative Turn

In this group, we upgrade your Natural Top by having the lady switch to a reverse turn in the middle of the sequence for a beautiful change of rotation.

Rumba Group 8: Closed Hip Twist

In this group we end the Natural Top with a Closed Hip Twist. Very similar to the Natural Opening Out Movement, there are important differences that we explain in detail to keep you out of trouble.

Rumba Group 9: The Aida

The Aida is a Silver figure, but it's very simple. There are multiple ways to end the Aida. We show you three endings, each one slightly more challenging than the previous one, to give you a chance to grow in your dance skills.

Rumba Group 10: Fan Development

In this lesson we show you a Silver figure called Fan Development. This is a different way to enter Fan position, with more rotation.

Rumba Group 11: Spirals to Counter Promenade Walks

Not a specific figure, this group uses variations of basic figures to create a beautiful, sexy and exciting sequence. Beginning with Hand to Hands, the couple spirals away from each other, moves into an Aida, then continues on with Counter Promenade Walks and ends with the lady performing a reverse underarm turn followed by a natural underarm turn.

Rumba Group 12: Alternative Entry to Natural Top

This lesson shows you an open variation you can use to enter the Natural Top from an open facing position. The lady performs a three-point turn with syncopated timing to join up with her partner to begin the Natural Top.

Rumba Group 13: The Reverse Top

The Reverse Top is a Silver figure that is the complete opposite of the Natural Top in every way. We enter the Reverse Top directly after the Closed Hip Twist for a nice change from natural rotation to reverse rotation.

Rumba Group 14: The Sliding Doors

The Sliding Doors are a Silver figure in which the lady uses a press line to create beautiful leg action. We show you the entry and a Spiral exit.

Rumba Group 15: Rope Spinning

This group shows you a Bronze figure called the Alemana that leads into a Silver figure called the Rope Spin. We cover the lead for both these figures to help you master them as quickly as possible.

Rumba Group 16: Kiki Walks

Though not an official figure, the Kiki Walks are a beautiful way to express the romance of Rumba while moving along the floor in shadow position. We show you a simple entry to Kiki Walks from the Alemana.

You can learn this dance with any shoes, or even in stocking feet if you like.
The Rumba is a compact dance, capable of being danced in a small space. Some of the groupings, such as Kiki Walks, do move more, so we recommend a space of 25 x 25 feet (3.5 x 3.5 meters) in size for the best learning experience.
Although you'll need a partner to dance the Rumba, you don't need one to learn the dance through this video program. We show you the figures from both the man's and lady's perspectives, so you can learn and practice without a partner.

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Lectures: 15
Video: 3 hours 4 minutes
Level: Intermediate