Posted On 18.05.2020
Listen to Ballroom Dancing Meets Popular Music: Rumba now.
The American Style Bolero (96-104 BPM), the International Rumba (100-108 BPM), and the American Rumba (120-144 BPM) are all in a subfamily of Latin dance that are danced to similar music at a range of tempi.
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We know this is just barely touching the tip of the vast topic of Rumba and Afro-Cuban jazz, but hope that this basic introduction provides some interest into further investigation of Latin and jazz music.
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There is also an older style of Rumba music, known as the yambu. This was first played on various rhythmic instruments, including drums, metal shakers, spoons and wooden sticks. The beat is slower than the more modern forms of Rumba, and can be danced either solo (typically by women) or as a couple.
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The dancers of rumba usually embody a sassy, smooth, and sensual demeanor. The moveset is very particular in the details but the most important feature is keeping a connection with your partner. The toes should be at a slight diagonal to allow us to achieve our favorite hip movement, Cuban motion, just like in Salsa. Fun fact, rumba is the slowest of the competitive international latin styles!
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