International Technique
Essays & Pictures
Latin American

1 Hip Movement in Rumba ESSAY
2 Fan Position PICTURES
3 Rumba Poise in the forward walks ESSAY
4 The Shadow Position Hold PICTURES



Hip Movement in the Rumba
by BallroomDancing.co.za
 

 Contrary to popular belief, the hip movement happens by itself and not by the dancer forcing the hips to move. To achieve excellent hip movement here is what must be remembered:

  • the supporting leg must always be straight
  • the supporting leg must carry the Full weight prior to any hip movement
  • the hip movement occurs when you relax into the supporting leg
  • thus the hip movement, in basic, will occur as follows:
  • Half Beats Count  Body Movement Hip Movement
     1/2  2  Foot movement
     1/2  & Hip Movement
     1/2  3  Foot movement
     1/2  & Hip Movement
     1/2  4  Foot movement
     1/2  &

    Hip Movement
     1/2  1
     1/2  &
  • Note the foot movement only takes Half a Beat, which makes it pretty quick
  • Note that the hip movement occurs after the step, thus saying"Step, Hip, Step, Hip, Step Hip" is correct
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  • Fan Position Pictures
    The Picture
     What is it?
    The Rumba or Cha-Cha Fan Position

    The Rumba or Cha-Cha Fan Position

     

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    Rumba Poise in the forward walks
     
    The body will move before the foot or leg. The body will get to the limit prior to you falling over and then your foot will move to the next forward step. The moving foot will find the ground with the toe then ball first. once the entire body weight has been transfered the leg now behind without weight will be straight. Remember to turn the foot behind slightly out.

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    The Shadow Position Hold
    The Picture
     What is it?
    The Shadow Position
    The Shadow Position

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