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How to Do a Rumba Shoulder Check

Learn how to do a rumba shoulder check 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 finishing out our rumba series talking about a little pattern we like to call the shoulder check. So what we're going to be doing is starting in closed position with our partners here, going, starting with our basic step. Slow, quick quick. Slow, quick quick. Slow, and side together. Side, leading the lady into an open break as we rock behind, rock step. Leading the lady forward as we pass behind to the side, and place our right hand on the lady's left shoulder blade to stop her as she rocks back on her left and as we rock forward on our right. Rock step, to the side, and then we both rock away from each other again. Rock step, to the side, and the lady does an underarm spot turn here as we, again, rock back on our right leg, gentlemen. Rock step, to the side, pick her up, and end in a fifth position rock. Rock step, bringing the lady around, in front to step backward as we move back into our basic action. Slow, quick quick. Slow, quick quick. Slow, open break, quick. Slow, quick, quick. Slow, rocking away, to the side. Slow, quick quick. Slow. So, let's try that to music.

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