Rumba time... thus time to increase the tension between the Male and Female dancer. It is important
that the choreographic patterns allow the Woman to emphasise her hips trough movements.
In the Woman's expression she must show her awareness of the impact that these hip movements have on
the Man. The Man's hip movements are sensual, he is aware doing it, but this is not the most important action for the Man. He uses his total
body to create physical domination to impress the Woman and he stays strongly focused on
The man should express that he wants her......
Competitors should not travel around the floor, they should create the dance in their own space
they fill as a couple. The walks are not invented to travel but to transfer weight, this combined
with a sensual slight twisting body action and a natural usage of the hips define the true character
of the Rumba.
I hate to see complex, gymnastic type of choreography, with un-natural facial expressions,
choreography, that doesn't tease the man at all..........
My message to those couples is go back to the basics elements of nature: tease, run, man, woman
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They estimate that the Rumba was brought to America by the African slaves. But arround
1928/1929 the actual steps and figures of this dance were not clear. Many people treated
and danced it, like a new type of foxtrot with additional hip actions. After the World War II
The rumba was further developed into the "Cuban Rumba" by monsieur Pierre and Doris Lavell which had a school in the Regent
street, London but still the standardisation was a problem until Walter Laird started to write his Latin books
his work was accepted by many official dance Associations and the standardisation was a fact.
- Character: Erotic, Sensual and passioned, Tease and Run
- Movement: Stationary, Spatial, Sliding, Continuously with accents
- Timing: 4/4
- Bars/min: 27 according the IDSF Rules
- Accent: On the 4th beat of each bar
- Competition: 1,5 - 2 minutes
- Rise and Fall: Nil
- Dynamics: Heaviness, Timed motions, Walks are strong and direct
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In this dance the emphasis is on the "Body" hip actions are produced by controlled transfer
of weight from foot to foot. Each foot movement takes 1/2 beat of music, body action occurs
on the second half of the beat.
Great attention should be paid on the used "Dynamics" and the "Timing" aspects of them
to create a continuously movement with the required contrasts and sensuality.
The body never stops changing its shape. Arm movements are starting from the "Centre" of the body
and are a result of body movement!
Attention should be paid to foot presentation and foot articulation, feet slightly in contact
"skimming" the floor continuously. Man need a sensual lead in hands, arms and mind
the message here is......... let the lady dance
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I have found my personal favourites, this time some individuals are on the list:
- Donnie Burns and Gaynor Fairweather
- Louis van Amstel and Julie Fryer
- Michael Wentink and Beata Onefater
- Olga Mueller Omeltchenko
The CD's that flow into my mind when writing this page are the following:
- "I'am not giving you up" Gloria Estefan. (Received from Peter Suba)