Originally, the Rumba is danced extremely fast with excessive hip movements and an aggressive attitude on the part of the man, and a defensive demeanor on the part of the woman. The first serious attempt to introduce the Rumba to the United States was by Lew Quinn and Joan Sawyer in 1913. Eventually, the movie Rumba had a large impact on American audiences in 1930. Today’s version of Rumba emanated from the New York dance scene in the 1930s and is more closely related to bolero-son, a dance style of Spanish origin.
There are currently two styles of Rumba danced around the world: the international version was born in the 1940s out of a combination of the traditional Cuban movements and the American style. Originally, Rumba music was played by big bands but as Salsa emerged in the 1970s the Rumba was then danced to Salsa ensembles.
The Rumba is a dance that will sharpen your sense of rhythm, timing, and muscular control. Learning the Rumba is a prerequisite for good Latin dancing because the Cuban motion is essential in many Latin dances. It’s performed by experienced dancers everywhere and provides interesting movements suited to a limited space. Sensual, attractive, and precise footwork can’t help but give you confidence in your dancing. Rumba is the spirit and soul of Latin American music and dance. The captivating rhythms and movements make the Rumba a favorite ballroom dance.
Today, the Rumba is performed as a romantic rhythm dance on shows like Dancing With the Stars as well as by pop musicians and Jazz bands. At Arthur Murray Dance Centers, the Rumba is a fun, flirty dance that plays with the slower musical rhythms. If you are looking to learn an elegant, lively dance, reach out to one of our professionally trained dance instructors how to start learning today.