Learn to Rumba at Karen Hardy Studios

The Rumba is danced to a slow Latin ballad. The origins of the dance are closely related to the origins of the Samba. Both were born of an African tradition and transplanted to the new world.

In Cuba there came to be as many forms of the Rumba as there are provinces. In Havana and other urban centres it became a vibrant couple’s dance. However, distinct characters remained throughout all these styles – sensuality, vigorous hip movement and insistent rhythmic accompaniment. Characteristics of the man moving like a sexual predator, while the woman counters with defensive and coquettish moves brings together a pantomime of imitation much like the Tango.

A slow-to-medium tempo Latin American dance characterised by sensual, provocative movements and gestures, the Rumba incorporates Latin-style hip motion and playful, flirtatious interplay between man and lady. Who wouldn’t want to have a go?

Basic Rhythm: 2 3 4 (1), 2 3 4 (1)

Illustration showing the Rumba dance steps

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Our Ballroom Dances:

Social FoxtrotWaltzTangoViennese WaltzFoxtrotQuickstep

Our Latin & Rhythm Dances:

Cha Cha ChaSambaRumbaPaso DobleJiveMamboSalsaArgentine TangoRock ‘n’ Roll


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