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Rumba Variation #1 (4:50)
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Rumba Combination (2:14)
All 4 Rumba variations shown together.

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STYLE:
American Style Rumba

LEVEL:
Intermediate to Advanced

DESCRIPTION:
Box to Continuous Opening Out, Lady's Spiral to Stretch Away (Man's Press Line), Spin in to Dip with Ronde exit, Syncopated Underarm Turn to Cuban Rocks, Box ending.

STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed facing position.
 
1-3SQQ1-3 RUMBA BOX 
 
4SlowRight foot side.Lead lady to turn to her right at end of 4, then release LH-RH hold. 
5QuickTransfer weight to left foot in place. 
6QuickTransfer weight to right foot in place. 
 
7SlowClose left foot to right foot.Place left hand on lady's back and release right hand from lady's back. 
8QuickRight foot side. 
9QuickTransfer weight to left foot in place. 
 
10SlowClose right foot to left foot.Take lady's left hand in your right hand at her eye level. Release left hand from lady's back and lead her to turn to her right under raised RH-LH hold. 
11QuickNo step.Lower right hand towards waist level at end of lady's turn. 
12QuickNo step.Right hnad now lowered completely, with compression ("push" connection). 
 
13SlowPlace left foot to side, strong step on ball of foot with toe turned out, with partial weight ("Press Line").Extend right arm slightly, with tone, leading lady to step directly away from you. 
14QuickReplace weight completely to right foot.Retract right arm to lead lady to step towards you. 
15"&"No step.Move right hand rightward in a small arc motion, leading lady to turn to her left. 
16QuickNo step.Place right hand on lady's back, releasing RH-LH hold. 
 
17SlowNo step.Place left hand on lady's back. Slide both hands up towards her shoulders, so that you have a secure hold of the lady's upper body. 
18QuickNo step. Flex right knee.With body turn to right, exntend both arms forward to lead lady to arch backwards. Maintain upright posture for counter-balance and do not bend forward from the waist. 
19QuickNo step. Straighten right knee.With body turn to left, retract arms to return lady to an upright position. 
 
20SlowTransfer weight to left foot in place.Extend arms rightward, leading lady to step sideways towards your right side and ronde. Release left hand from lay's back and take LH-RH hold. 
21QuickRight foot forward.1/4 turn to right between 20-21. Left left hand and begin to lead lady to turn to her left under raised LH-RH hold. 
22"&"No step.Continue turning to right. Release right hand from lady's back. Continue leading lady to turn under raised LH-RH hold. 
23QuickClose left foot to right foot.1/4 turn to right between 22-23. Lower left hand to waist level at end of lady's turn. 
 
24SlowRight foot forward.1/4 turn to right between 23-24. 
25QuickLeft foot forward, partial weight. 
26QuickReplace weight completely to right foot. 
 
27-32SQQ, SQQ1-6 RUMBA BOXPlace right hand on lady's back and return to closed facing position. 
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed facing position.
 
1-3SQQ1-3 RUMBA BOX 
 
4SlowLeft foot side. 
5QuickRight foot back.1/4 turn to right between 4-5. Release LH-RH hold. 
6QuickReplace weight to left foot. 
 
7SlowRight foot forward.Place right hand on man's shoulder and release left hand from man's shoulder. 
8QuickLeft foot back.1/2 turn to left between 7-8. 
9QuickReplace weight to right foot. 
 
10SlowLeft foot forward (Spiral Turn).Raise left hand to eye level to take a RH-LH hold. Release right hand from man's shoulder. Complete 1 full turn to right on left foot under raised RH-LH hold on 10. 
11QuickRight foot forward.Begin to turn to right. 
12QuickLeft foot almost closes to right foot.Continue turning to right. 
 
13SlowRight foot side & slightly forward, away from partner. Close left foot to right foot (without weight).7/8 turn to right over steps 11-13. Stretch right arm and body upward. 
14QuickLeft foot side & slightly forward, towards partner.1/4 turn to left between 13-14. Retract arms inward and down to chest level. 
15QuickRight foot almost closes to left foot.Continue turning to left. 
16"&"Left foot forward (small step).Continue turning to left. Extend left arm upward. 
 
17SlowRight foot side. Lift left foot to right knee ("Pasé" position)1 & 3/8 turns to left over steps 14-17. Additional body turn to left on 17. Lower left arm and "drape" right arm over man's neck. 
18QuickNo step. Relax right knee. Recline body backwards from the waist. 
19QuickNo step. Incline body from the waist and return to an upright position. 
 
20SlowLeft foot side. Pivot on left foot and release right leg into a clockwise (front to back) ronde action.1/2 turn to right on left foot. Release right arm from man's shoulder and place left hand on man's shoulder. Then take LH-RH hold. 
21QuickRight foot back & across in CBMP.1/8 turn to left between 20-21. 
22QuickLeft foot forward.Release left hand from man's shoulder. 1/8 turn to left under riased LH-RH hold between 21-22. 
23"&"Right foot side (small step).1/4 turn to left under riased LH-RH hold between 22-23. 
 
24SlowLeft foot back.1/4 turn to left between 23-24 to end facing man. 
25QuickRight foot back. 
26QuickTransfer weight forward to left foot, in place. 
 
27-32SQQ, SQQ1-6 RUMBA BOXPlace left hand on man's shoulder and return to closed facing position. 
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