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Re: Rumba Box Step ????
Posted by terence2
7/8/2011  5:33:00 AM
Its all to do with "clave". if dancing it QQ "side" the rhythm falls in line with that ( the 2nd bar on "2" is ON clave,, the 6th beat ).

When mambo first was introduced, it was taught breaking on "4", which is the beat preceeding the conga slap on " and", which is a clave beat.. but.. the change to the backward position of breaking on " 2 " falls more in line with the actual clave , hence the reason for the side action which was translated (QQ ) into the back break of Mambo.

Its all to do with the " call and response " from Cuban Rumba ( folk style ) .

One also has to be careful because the the clave may change from 2/3 to 3/2 without notice .

The 2 most dominant Clave rhythms in use are the Guaguanco in 2/3
and Montuno a rev Clave in 3/2.

most salsa is written in the Guaguanco style and reversals to Montuno in 3/2 is a more "folksie " side of latin rhythms.

In addition there is Guaracha in 3/2 which is the faster form of Danzon/ Rumba .

All of these come under the " Son " banner . ( Guajira is the Cha cha form )..

hope I didnt confuse you !!

PS.. this may be of interest.. The 2 chain schools have a different approach to Rumba Amer. style F/A commence side QQ.. A/M Fwd S.

The national D.D. for F/A was John Monte ( I worked in NYC with him ) and his brother was Hugo Montenegro, a world class musician.. that may have some bearing on their interpretation of Rumba.
Re: Rumba Box Step ????
Posted by francoT
7/6/2011  3:48:00 PM
Starting with left foot forward with SLOW is just a short cut. Starting with QUICK QUICK on the side is just a longer route. After QUICK QUICK on the side, then step forward with left foot on SLOW. SAME BANANA, YES?

Re: Rumba Box Step ????
Posted by francoT
7/6/2011  3:59:00 PM
You may ask same question for american style cha cha cha. Some people start forward to lead with left foot on 2, 3, 4, & 1 as a short cut. Some start to lead with left foot on the side on 1, left foot back on 2, 3 in place, 4 on side, & on side close, 1 on the side. Then left foot forward on 2.

As I said in my comments for RUMBA, SAME BANANA!

Ron Montez emphasizes this in his VIDEO.

Re: Rumba Box Step ????
Posted by Voco
2/7/2013  4:27:00 PM
Will someone explain to me why there is so much discussion on which beat to start dancing.

In my opinion it does not matter as long as one observes the basic rhythm (for CC: 2,3,C,C ,1), from which syncopating variations are allowed. The judges dont care if you start with the L or the R foot, as long your basic rhythm is correct and you emphasize the correct beats, such as 1 or sometimes 3 in CC, in other words you are technically correct otherwise.
Re: Rumba Box Step ????
Posted by waynelee
2/8/2013  6:51:00 AM
Just an interesting FYI fact.... The Arthur Murray studio's syllabus has the American Rumba starting with a forward step (for the man) with the left foot in a SQQ count. The Fred Astaire syllabus has the Rumba starting with a side step (for the man) with the left foot in a QQS count.

Like others have stated, it really doesn't matter to judges which way you start as long as your basic rhythm is correct.
Re: Rumba Box Step ????
Posted by nloftofan1
2/8/2013  7:42:00 AM
A "folk tale" I've heard related to this is that Arthur Murray taught EVERY dance with the gentleman starting by stepping forward on his left foot. When the Fred Astaire studios were established ("stealing" some instructors from Arthur Murray), they taught Rumba starting with the side step instead of the forward step to avoid a lawsuit for "stealing" patterns from the Arthur Murray syllabus. (I don't know enough about copyright law to know if it is possible to copyright a dance pattern.) As the story goes, Fred Astaire (the studio, not the person) claimed that starting with the side step is more like the way Cubans danceā€”I have no idea if this was actually true. It's a good story, at least.
Re: Rumba Box Step ????
Posted by rgswoohoo
2/9/2013  5:56:00 PM
Arthur Murray arranges all of its dances to start on the ONE beat (except for Mambo), thus the reason for the SQQ pattern.
Re: Rumba Box Step ????
Posted by waynelee
2/9/2013  8:06:00 PM
I am a little confused about rgswoohoo comment. IMO, Fred Astaire and Arthur Murray both teach students to start on the 1 beat for all American dances, smooth and rhythm, except for mambo. In the example of the rumba, they differ on whether it is a SQQ or a QQS step pattern, but they both start on the 1 beat. Another difference, in Eastern Swing, AM starts with the back rock, FA starts with the first triple step, but again both start on the 1 beat. With their attempts to be "different", it has always amazed me that both studios start the Cha Cha with a left side step (for the man) on the 1 beat, and then a back step on 2. Since most studios in the US start beginning students on the American Style, the studios don't need to teach that International Latin Rumba starts on the 2 beat until the student has progressed, and hopefully can fathom the difference and not be confused (of course, there are a lot of other differences that the student must learn).
Re: Rumba Box Step ????
Posted by nloftofan1
2/10/2013  8:10:00 AM
If you listen to the music, you will hear that in some Rumba songs the downbeat is on a S, while in others it is on a Q. So some songs naturally lend themselves to the SQQ rhythm; others naturally fit the QQS rhythm.

I learned Rumba from teachers who taught the QQS rhythm, so I try to find the first Q in a measure (which may not be the first note in a measure) and start then. Once you get into the dance, it makes no difference.

Dancing is moving your body through space to music. Listen to the music. Don't worry so much about the steps. (The foot positions matter, but they aren't primary.) Your feet just keep the rhythm.
Re: Rumba Box Step ????
Posted by terence2
2/13/2013  6:40:00 AM
First.. one cannot ( in most instances ) name propriatory rights, to specific fundamental dance figures. AM has figures with their names incorporated,which are copyrite, BUT, a BOX construction pre dates all the dance school figures.

Once again, the commencing direction in latin, has to do with the " call and response " theory , to which the the music relates.

Both the SQQ and QQS , occupy the 1st 2 beats of a bar, the key ,is to make sure its the correct bar, in the 2 bar sequence .

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