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Rumba Variation #3 (5:48)
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Rumba Combination (2:14)
All 4 Rumba variations shown together.

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STYLE:
American Style Rumba

LEVEL:
Intermediate

DESCRIPTION:
1/2 Rumba Box, Open Break & Underarm Turn with Hand Change to Sliding Doors with Double Head Loop, Oblique Corte Lunge with Lady's Knee Lift, 5th Position Break to Walks from Promenade to Counter-Promenade, Cucaracha, Rumba Box.

STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed facing position.
 
1-3Slow, Quick Quick1-3 RUMBA BOX 
 
4SlowRight foot side.Release right hand from lady's back and lower left hand to waist level. 
5QuickLeft foot back, away from partner.Lead lady to step back away from you. 
6QuickReplace weight to right foot.Lead lady to step forward toward you. 
 
7SlowLeft foot side.Raise left hand, preparing to lead lady to turn underarm. 
8QuickRight foot back.1/8 turn to right between 7-8. Lead lady to turn to her right under raised LH-RH hold. 
9QuickReplace weight to left foot.Begin to turn to left. Continue leading lady to turn to her right while changing hand hold from a LH-RH to a RH-RH hold (still raised). 
 
10SlowClose right foot to left foot.1/8 turn to left between 9-10. Continue leading lady to turn to her right while taking LH-LH hold at waist level. 
11QuickLeft foot side, partial weight.Take RH-RH hold over lady's head (to R) and raise LH-LH hold slightly, ending in "sweetheart" position with lady on R. 
12QuickReplace weight completely to right foot.Begin leading lady to turn to her left. 
 
13SlowClose left foot to right foot.Continue leading lady to turn to her left. Lower LH-LH hold again to waist level and extend it rightward across your body. Take RH-RH hold over lady's head (to L), then loop it over your head and place it on the back of your neck. 
14QuickRight foot side, partial weight.Release RH-RH hold. Raise LH-LH hold and take it to left, over lady's head. Lower hands towards the back of lady's neck, then release LH-LH hold. Allow left hand to slide along lady's back to end in arm-to-arm hold. 
15QuickReplace weight completely to left foot.Continue sliding left hand down lady's arm to end with a lowered LH-RH hold. Wrap right arm around lady and place right hand on her back (much farther across than normal). 
 
16SlowClose right foot to left foot.Continue leading lady to turn to right, drawing her into close facing position on your right side, with body contact. 
17SlowLeft foot side, long step, with foot turned out. Relax weight into left knee. 
18SlowReplace weight to right foot.Straighten left leg as you push away from it and onto your right leg. 
19QuickLeft foot back in fallaway, small step in 5th position.1/8 turn to left between 18-19. Release lady from body contact. 
20QuickReplace weight to right foot in promenade position.Begin to turn to right. Release LH-RH hold. 
 
21SlowLeft foot side, passing in front of partner in close facing position.3/8 turn to right between 20-21. Place left hand on lady's back and release right hand from lady's back. 
22QuickRight foot side & slightly forward in counter promenade position.3/8 turn to right between 22-23. 
23QuickLeft foot forward in counter promenade position.1/8 turn to right between 23-24. 
 
24SlowRight foot forward, between partner's feet.Begin to turn to right. Place right hand on lady's back and release left hand from lady's back. 
25QuickLeft foot side with part weight.1/4 turn to right between 24-25. 
26QuickReplace weight completely to right foot.Take LH-RH hold and end in closed facing position. 
 
27-32SQQ, SQQ1-6 RUMBA BOX. 
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed facing position.
 
1-3Slow, Quick Quick1-3 RUMBA BOX 
 
4SlowLeft foot side.Release left hand from man's shoulder and lower right hand to waist level. 
5QuickRight foot back, away from partner. 
6QuickReplace weight to left foot. 
 
7SlowRight foot side.1/8 turn to right between 6-7. Raise right hand, preparing to turn underarm. 
8QuickLeft foot forward in CBMP.1/2 turn to right under raised LH-RH hold. 
9QuickRight foot forward.1/8 turn to right between 8-9. 
 
10SlowLeft foot forward in CBMP, towards man's right side.Continue turning to right. Join your left hand to man's left hand at waist level. 
 
11QuickRight foot side, small step, partial weight.3/4 turn to right between 10-11. Right hand passes over head to end in "sweetheart" position with man on L. 
12QuickReplace weight completely to left foot.Begin to turn to left. 
 
13SlowRight foot forward in CBMP.1/4 turn to left between 12-13. Right hand passes over head, then loops over man's head to end on the back of his neck. 
14QuickLeft foot side, partial weight.3/4 turn to left between 13-14. Release RH-RH hold. Release LH-LH hold after it loops over your head. Allow right hand to slide along man's shoulder to end in arm-to-arm hold. 
15QuickReplace weight completely to right foot.Begin to turn to left. 
 
16SlowLeft foot forward in CBMP, towards man's right side.3/4 turn to right between 15-16. Wrap left arm around man's neck and end in close facing position (body contact). 
17SlowNo step. Lift right foot and place against inside of left knee.Allow man to support your weight against his right side as he steps sideways into a lunge. 
18SlowNo step.Position held as man returns you to an upright position over your left foot. 
19QuickRight foot back in fallaway, small step in 5th position.Release from body contact. 
20QuickReplace weight to left foot in promenade position. 
 
21SlowRight foot forward, between partner's feet.Place right hand on man's shoulder and release left hand from man's shoulder. 
22QuickLeft foot forward in counter promenade position. 
23QuickRight foot forward in counter promenade position.Begin to turn to right. 
 
24SlowLeft foot side, passing in front of man.1/2 turn to right between 23-24. Place left hand on man's shoulder and release right hand from man's shoudler. 
25QuickRight foot side with part weight.1/4 turn to right between 24-25. 
26QuickReplace weight completely to left foot.Take LH-RH hold and end in closed facing position. 
 
27-32SQQ, SQQ1-6 RUMBA BOX. 
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