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How to Do a Rumba Opening Out Step

Learn how to do a rumba opening out 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 continuing in our rumba series, talking about the opening out to the right and the left. This is one of my personal favorites. So, let's get started

We're going to start from our closed position here, and we're going to start with the basic action. Slow, quick quick, slow, quick quick, slow. Now from here we're going to step side, together, side. Guys, as we lead the lady out to rock back on her right foot to our right as we rock away on our left to our left. Quick, quick, together, and rocking to the opposite side to our right, gentlemen. Rock, step together, and left, right, and we're bringing the lady back around to take a step backward as we step forward, and side, together to close it up.

So let's take a look at those feet closer for the gentlemen one more time. As we're leading the lady to step back, side, together, side, and we rock away on our left, replace our weight to our right and step together, and away to the right, replace, together, and left, right, forward, side together. Now, let's take a closer look at what the ladies are doing here.

Kristina: Okay, so ladies we're going to start with the first part of a box. So we have, starting with our right foot, back, side, together, side. Now the gentleman is going to lead us to take back rock step with our right foot. So back, replace, forward with our right and pivoting, back rocking on our left, back, replace, forward, left, pivot, back on the right, back, replace, and as we come forward we're going to rotate so that we can step back on our left, excuse me, back on our right foot and then step side, close.

Aaron: Okay? So let's try that to music.

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