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How to Do a Rumba Box Step

Learn how to do a rumba box step from dance instructors Aaron Mitchum and Kristina Reese in this ballroom dance tutorial from Howcast.


Aaron: Hey guys, it's Aaron.

Kristina: And I'm Kristina.

Aaron: And we are professional dance instructors here in New York City, and today we're going to be talking to you a little bit about a dance called the rumba. So first of all, we're going to take apart the basic action in this dance and what we're going to come up with is what we usually refer to as a box step. So what we're going to do is we're going to start with our left leg, and we're going to start with a step forward, and then we're going to take our right foot and step directly to the side, and then replace our left foot together with our right, and taking a step back on our right, and then directly to the side on our left, stepping together with the right, changing our weight, and again continuing forward on the left. And side, together, back. And side, together, forward. Side, together, back. And side, together, forward.

Now the rumba has its origins in Cuba. Now this is a Latin dance and we will see a lot of hip action across all of these Latin dances, specifically more in this rumba as you're going to see with the bending and straightening of the legs creating a sort of lateral settling of the hips, as well as somewhat of a figure eight action that begins to happen that gives us that great Cuban motion. And back, side, together, forward. And side, together, back. And side, together.

Now we're going to count this using slows and quicks. So we're going start, forward on our left with slow, and step quick quick. Slow, quick quick. Slow, quick quick. Slow, and quick quick. So now let's take a look at that with our partner. Starting in our closed position with our left to right hand hold somewhere about chin height where it's comfortable for both of us, and placing our right hand on the lady's left shoulder blade as the lady places her hand on our right shoulder close to our deltoid here. So starting again with our left foot forward and right foot back for the ladies, slow, quick quick. Slow, quick quick. Slow, quick quick. Slow, now I'm just going to demonstrate how this dance is actually going to rotate as well, counter-clockwise, to our left, quick, quick. Slow, quick quick. Slow, quick quick. Now let's try that with some music.

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