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Re: Confused by Rhumba steps on beat 1
Posted by SocialDancer
6/14/2008  9:36:00 AM
Yes you can do many things on beat 1, provided it is done intentionally, maybe to interpret the music or to achieve a foot-change by one partner so that both use the same foot at the same time.

The basic text-book figures usually just have the weight transfer on 1 but there are numerous variations that could be danced differently.

You do not say how much dancing you have done. I would suggest beginners stay with standard timings until they fully understand the dance or until their teacher gives them a syncopated variation.

I would add though that you should not 'hold still'. Even when not taking a step we are still dancing. Some part of us, body, arms, head, eyebrows, should still be moving.
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