General Dance Discussion > Why Learn Rumba?

Discussion in 'General Dance Discussion' started by rbazsz, Apr 30, 2011.

  1. rbazsz

    rbazsz New Member

    Is there a good reason to take Rumba lessons, besides the fact it's considered a foundation for Latin dances? From a practical standpoint why not just take Salsa or ChaCha?

    I don't see many people in ballrooms doing the Rumba. That could be because I don't recognize it.

    Rhumba doesn't seem very useful as a social dance.
  2. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member

    I see a lot of American Rumba at social dances in our area. When the music is right, however, I prefer Bolero...

    Also, when I was just learning Salsa and Mambo and Cha Cha, American Rumba helped me because it was at a more moderate speed compared to those...
  3. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    right...rumba, due to it's speed, allows for better technical practice...but, if it isn't your cup of tea and you aren't competing, cha cha away
  4. danceronice

    danceronice Well-Known Member

    American rhumba is good if you social-dance a lot because a lot of songs fit the count. It's pretty easy and musically flexible so if you're doing social dance where they play a lot of Rhythm-type music it can be useful to have it in your toolbox. (Note that you can't really do American rhumba to songs that are TRUE Bolero/International Rhumba. American is much faster.)
  5. TangoRocks

    TangoRocks Member

    Well, I am not a big fan of Salsa, so... Cha-cha is fine, but as a "slow" latin dance, I am quite fond of both Bolero and Rumba--American Style. Tried international Rumba a little, still not getting it (from my perspective, it's a hybrid between AS Rumba and Bolero and it starts on FOUR, which is totally counterintuitive) Rumba is also a very good trial bed for your Cuban motion. I do have favourite Rumba songs to dance to, a lot more than salsa songs (sure, cha-cha would blow both of those out of the water but still) so I do practice my Rumba myself...
  6. sambanada

    sambanada Active Member

    Rumba is beautiful to watch. Tehnically, since it is slow, you can see error easily. Rumba is a great foundation dance.
  7. Lioness

    Lioness Well-Known Member

    ...International Rumba starts on four? I've always danced it starting on two, and so does everyone else I've seen.
  8. TangoRocks

    TangoRocks Member

    Shows you how much I know about it--only took a series of group classes on it once, and for some bizarre reason in that class they started on 4... *sigh* 2 would have been easier to handle since it would be closer to mambo which also starts on the two.
  9. tangotime

    tangotime Well-Known Member

    The speeds ( SQ Rumba )can and do vary, IF one uses authentic Latin ( B/Room speeds are more rigid ) .

    Cuban Rumba/ Bolero, to give it its correct name, has 3 basic partnership styles,from the slowest, Bolero, to the Danzon/ Square form, mid range speeds, and Guaracha, the very fast form .The speed ranges for each, which are danceable, may vary as much as 6/8bars PM in their written form on either side of the suggested tempos.

    The word " Rumba" is a generic "Umbrella" term, that cover all the dances under the Son rhythms.
  10. opendoor

    opendoor Well-Known Member

    Does it make a difference, at all? An experience dancer should be able to sort his feet and start anywhere! But to stay in the rhythms it is important to do the rockstep on two.
  11. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    I think it's a nice dance to have in your arsenal. If you can do some rumba, some bolero and some nightclub two-step, you can dance socially to virtually any slow tempo, romantic song.

    Not to mention that it's friggin sensual. :wink:
  12. tangotime

    tangotime Well-Known Member

    Good advice..
  13. foxtrot

    foxtrot New Member

    Why learn rumba?

    Because I really really love it as a dance. It is the most beautiful of the latin dances. (I dance international rumba).

    Not bothered about its "usefulness", since that's not the reason why I learn to dance, although having said that, I have seen it danced very beautifully on social occasions, but maybe not often enough.
  14. rbazsz

    rbazsz New Member

    I don't see the Rumba danced much at the ballrooms I hang out at. It seems to be another one of those niche dances.
  15. bia

    bia Well-Known Member

    That's an interesting observation. Based on the other answers in this thread, as well as my own experience dancing ballroom socially in three different regions of the country, it would seem that your ballroom venues are not typical of what happens elsewhere. In my experience, rumba and cha cha are danced roughly the same amount (in ballroom venues; not salsa venues, of course, where they might play cha or merengue or bachata but probably not rumba). So if your current venues are the only places you want to dance, and you don't find rumba attractive in itself, there's no need to force yourself to learn it. If you think you might dance somewhere else sometime, and/or you'd like to be able to dance to slower songs, it could be a useful dance.
  16. nucat78

    nucat78 Active Member

    Last night, at a local open social, there was more rumba played than cha cha. I'd guestimate the ratio at about 3:2.

    IME, it's easier for newbies to dance a rumba than almost any other dance, at least a basic Am. rumba box. Your experience may vary...
  17. toothlesstiger

    toothlesstiger Well-Known Member

    Every social I go to that is a ballroom social, as opposed to primarily salsa, or primarily WC Swing, features plenty of rumba. If it's a salsa or swing social, then they will throw in cha chas to mix it up, but no much rumba.
  18. TangoRocks

    TangoRocks Member

    Interesting, in my area the "niche" dances seem to be Paso, Jive, Bachata, Bolero and Hustle--ie if I go to a general ballroom social, those seem to be rare to non-existent, but plenty of rumbas, cha-chas, foxtrots, waltzes etc.
  19. Spitfire

    Spitfire Well-Known Member

    rbazsz, every time I'm at the Paragon or the USADance at the Phoenix AM there's a lot of people doing Rumba. Though maybe not as much as for other dances.
  20. tangotime

    tangotime Well-Known Member


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