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How to Do a Rumba Open Break with Underarm Turn

Learn how to do a rumba open break with underarm turn from instructors Aaron Mitchum and Kristina Reese in this ballroom dance tutorial from Howcast.


Aaron: Hi guys, it's Aaron.

Kristina: And I'm Kristina.

Aaron: And we're professional dance instructors here in New York City. Today we're going to be continuing our rumba series talking about the open break with underarm turn. So what we're going to be doing here is we're going to be starting in closed position with our basic slow, quick quick. Slow, side together. Slow, and side together. Side, as we open out, here, now we're going to keep our palm-to-palm hold as we send the ladies back and we rock back on our left foot, gentlemen. Rock step. And then leading the lady to take a step to her side as we do the same, and she does an underarm spot turn as we rock back on our right leg. Rock step. And to the side as we then return to our fifth position break or what we can refer to as a rock step here. Rock step, and bringing the lady around in front of us to take a backward step. And side, together, back into our basic action. So let's take a look at that one more time and let's talk a little bit more closely about what the ladies are doing here.

Kristina: Okay, so ladies, we're going to go ahead and dance one full box and then we'll go into this section. So we have slow, quick quick. Slow, quick quick. Back, side together. Side, and as he releases our left side here we're going to keep connection to our right arm. He's going to indicate that we should take a back step, quick quick. Slow, we've both taken a side step and he's going to lead me underneath my arm here, again having my left foot cross over my right for quick quick. Side, and then rocking back, quick quick. Rotating slow, quick quick.

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

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