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Re: Rumba hip movement help
Posted by O..Z.
11/30/2012  6:14:00 PM
Dancer 04/ Take one thing at a time. A Spot Turn is a walk turning. Take those instructions literally. Walk and then turn. The turn has only one beat which is beat two. That means you have to turn from facing one direction to facing another direction all on that same beat two. If this is a Spot Turn to the left I prefer to take my first step on a slight diagonal direction which makes it easier to enter into a Hand to Hand after completing the Spot Turn.. Major faults which I see is not dancing onto beat two with a straight knee. If the knee is bent what we see is the turn being made over the wrong foot. To quote a former world champion. How long do we have to practise these steps. For Ever.
Good Luck
Re: Rumba hip movement help
Posted by nloftofan1
12/1/2012  10:22:00 AM
There is a very old (or fairly old, depending on your age) movie short called "Cuban Rhythm" that shows up occasionally (in the U. S.) on Turner Classic Movies. In it a couple from Arthur Murray shows how to dance Rumba (American style). One technique tip: Imagine you are standing on a street corner, waiting impatiently for a bus, shifting your weight from one leg to another. That gives you the necessary hip movement. I realize that this is a simplification, but it's a start.
Re: Rumba hip movement help
Posted by meditative_dancer04
12/1/2012  12:08:00 PM
That is a unique tip,, kind of Karate kid style. I am definitely gonna give it a try.

Thank you very much !!!
Re: Rumba hip movement help
Posted by O.Z.
12/1/2012  1:53:00 PM
Better still Imagine you are waiting for a bus and and you have made a hip to seat a small child. This isn't anything new. Its been around foe ever.
Re: Rumba hip movement help
Posted by meditative_dancer04
12/1/2012  12:08:00 PM
Thanks for your help, i will shift my focus more to my knees and my feet of course! wish me luck !!!
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