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American Style Rumba
Crossover Breaks Forward
7. Crossover Breaks Forward

A very popular figure in Rumba is the Crossover Break, which is actually borrowed from the Cha Cha syllabus. In the bronze Rumba it comes in 3 varieties: Crossover Breaks Forward, Crossover Breaks Back, and Crossover Turns.

The position one associates with Crossover Breaks is man and lady standing side-by-side, with a single-hand hold. Partners can be in left side-by-side position (e.g. lady standing on man's left side), with the man's left hand holding lady's right, or in right side-by-side position (e.g. lady standing on man's left side), with the man's right hand holding lady's left.

A Crossover Break to Right is danced after a side step to right (slow) in closed or open facing position. The man releases his right hand from the lady, then turns 1/4 to right while using the LH-RH hold to lead the lady to turn 1/4 to her left, to end in left side-by-side position. From side-by-side position they dance a forward rock step -- man LF, lady RF (quick, quick). They then turn 1/4 in the opposite direction (man to left, lady to right) to return to open facing position, and follow with a side step to left (slow).

A Crossover Break to Left is the mirror image, taken after a side step to left (slow) in open facing position, and turning to right side-by-side position for the forward rock step on man's RF, lady's LF (quick, quick). It is followed by a side step to right (slow).

Note that the Crossover Break to Left can only be taken from open facing position because it requires a RH-LH hold. If beginning in closed hold, the man must release his right hand from the lady's back and take a RH-LH hold during the side step to right immediately preceding the Crossover Break.

Crossover Breaks Forward can be repeated as desired, alternating from left side to right side. They can be freely and easily combined with Crossover Back Breaks, Crossover Turns, 5th Position Breaks, Open Break, and the Underarm Turn to Right.


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