Rythm: SQQ SQQ (American Rhythm 1 34 5 67, or International Latin 234 678 - Note: The International Rumba starts on 2!!)
Time Signature: 4/4 timing.
Tempo: Between 128-144 BPM for American and 104 BPM for International.
Music Style: Slower, mainly Latin music, but not limited to Latin. Romantic & sensual.
Character: Slow, sensual movements incorporating rib cage and hip movement which we call Cuban Motion.
Where you can use it: Any place where slow, romantic love songs are being played that are at the appropriate speed/tempo of a Rumba, and have the SQQ feel to it. Variety bands will sometimes play a nice slow tune that you can Rumba to, and occasionally a Latin band will play a slower Latin tune which you may be able to Rumba to as well (make sure it’s not too slow, otherwise you should be doing a Bolero). As always, you will find all styles of music, including Rumba played at ballroom dances.
(Want to know where you can go to dance around us (within 60 miles)? Check out our guide: "Places to Dance".)
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Tel: 707.761.5214 Hours: Monday-Thursday 6-10pm and by appointment