International Latin Rumba

International Latin Rumba
Brief Description
  Rumba appeared on the East Coast of The United States during the 1930's. It combined American big band music with Afro-Cuban conga and rumba rhythms. Ballroom Rumba differs completely from the Cuban Rumba both in it's music and dance. On occassions the Americanised spelling of the word (Rhumba) is used to distinguish between them. 
Time Signature - 4/4 (4 Beats to 1 Bar)
25 - 27 Bars Per Minute 
Basic Rhythm
The dance should be started by taking a step 
on the 4th Beat of a bar of music.
(41) 2341 2341 2341
Accented Second and Fourth Beat 
(Second Slight - Fourth Stronger) (Percussive Accent)
Timing & Beat Values
The Rumba is a Body dance. Hip actions are produced by a controlled transfer of weight from foot to foot. Each foot movement takes 1/2 beat of music. Weight transfer or body action then occurs on the second 1/2 of the beat for steps taken on the 2nd and 3rd beats of the bar. During steps requiring two beats of music (namely those taken on 4, 1) the weight transfer or body action uses one and a half beats of music. 
Music Style
Slow Latin Ballad
International Latin Rumba
Close Hold 
The couple will be approximately 15cm apart with the lady slightly to the man's right side. The weight may be on either foot, lady normal opposite. The man's right hand is placed on the lady's back and cups the lower part of her left shoulder blade. The right arm is held in a soft curve, with the elbow at approximately chest level. The lady's left arm is laid lightly on top of the man's right arm, following the same curve and her left hand rests lightly on top of the man's right shoulder.
The man's left hand is held in a soft curve approximately matching the right arm but with the left forearm raised. The left hand, with wrist straight, approximately level with his nose. The lady's right hand is held lightly by the man in his left hand. The man's left hand and the lady's right hand should be on an imaginary line through the centre position between the two bodies.
Suggested Dance Figures
Suggested Music