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How to Do Rumba Outside Partner Breaks

Learn how to do rumba outside partner 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 are professional dance instructors here in New York City, and today we're continuing our rumba series and we are going to be showing you a little pattern we like to call outside partner. So what we're going to be doing is starting with our closed position. And I normally like to take this one to a two-hand hold, so as we're moving through our basic action here I'm just going to slide my right arm down the lady's left and take a two-hand hold palm to palm. Slow, side together. Side, as we lead the lady to rock back on her right foot as we rock forward outside partner, quick quick. Side, again rotating the angle and sending the lady back, rock step. Forward, and rock step. Side, now from here to close it off we're going to do a ladies underarm spot turn, gentlemen, as we rock back on our right, quick quick. Side, now we are going to replace and do a fifth position break or a rock step action with our left foot behind, right foot for the ladies, quick quick, bringing the lady around in front of us as we step forward and she steps back, side together.

Now let's take a look at that entire pattern once more. Slow, quick quick. Slow, quick quick. Slow, side together. Side, rocking outside partner. Slow, quick quick. Slow, quick quick. Slow, she does an underarm spot, quick quick. Slow, we rock together, quick quick. And we bring her around in front of us as we step forward. So, let's try that with some music.

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