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How to Do Rumba Crossover Breaks

Learn how to do rumba crossover breaks 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're professional dance instructors here in New York City, and today we're going to be continuing in our rumba series and taking a look at the crossover breaks. So what we're going to do here is we're going to start with our partner in closed position.

Starting with our basic action, slow, quick, quick. Slow, quick, quick. Slow, and changing the hold as we step side together, bringing our left arm down with our thumb on top, side together. Side, as we then open up to our right and lead the ladies out to their left, and step through, quick, quick. Slow, and reversing it to the other side, quick. Slow, quick, quick. Side, now gentlemen we are going to rock back on our right foot as the lady does an underarm spot turn as she takes her left foot and steps directly across to her right. Quick, quick. Side, ending with what we all a fifth position break, or we can just call it a rock step, taking our left foot, and the ladies' right foot, and rocking behind.

Rock step, as we bring the lady around in front of us gentlemen to step backward as we step forward, and side, together, back into our box. Side, together. Quick, quick, slow. Let's take one more look at that together. Slow, quick, quick. Slow, quick, quick. Slow, quick, quick. Slow, quick, quick. Slow, spot turn, we rock gentlemen, rock step, side, and rock step, forward. Side together. Now, let's talk a little bit about what the ladies are doing there with that underarm turn in that fifth position break as well.

Kristina: Okay, so ladies, again if you've seen some of the other videos where we've done crossover breaks, same concept. You want to have good tone in your arms and as he's leading me through this pattern, I'm just keeping my arms accessible to him, so about waist height in easy reach of him so he can lead me in the direction that he would like me to go for that underarm turn. Ladies, we are going to take our left foot and cross it over our right foot. As soon as you do that on slow, your left foot should not move. You're just going to pivot around for quick, quick. Stepping to the side for slow and then we're both going to rock out and back for quick, quick. And then as we're coming around on that left foot, we're going to rotate for slow, quick, quick.

Aaron: Now let's try that with some music.

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