Amber Reich September 2010

You dance with a forward posture for Rumba and all Latin dances. However, you must be balanced. A good exercise is posturing forward and picking up up your non-standing leg. Move, pick up your leg. Move, pick up your leg (non-standing). The left arm connection has the forearm straight up. Keep your upper chest forward like someone is pulling on your collar.

Side basic
Left foot back rock
Right foot back break with a woman's underarm turn ending with a sudden upward arm fling.
Keep the left arm back behind the ear and the hand open.
Rock forward holding the woman in a basket and position her forward with left arm up and right arm on her back.
Twist and torque her into a double free spin.
Walking forward in a syncopated forward walk.
End is a side basic to a Telemark.
Forward rock, cross body lead to a Telemark spin.
Rock in place and draw your right foot to the left.
Open the right foot to the right and open with woman.
Next is side passes/rocks.

Amber Reich November 2010

Side basic to left foot open break - Man's spot turn ending with woman's ronde - Over the head lead - sudden stop with cuban motion to basic

Rumba International November 2011
Martin Reinbold
The feet are stable and nonmoving in International Rumba. The power for the movement comes from the stable feet. The legs are straight and the legs create the swiveling movement of the hips. The desired movement is a Figure Eight or an Infinity Sign. The Infinity Sign is also called a lazy eight since it is the number eight positioned on its side. The sides of the Figure Eight are slightly curved up since the hips move upward not just side to side.
To isolate the range of motion of the hip we were made to stand on one foot with the opposing leg raised to a full knee bend. Then keeping the shoulders level and the spine straight up and down, we rotated the hips. This is the achievable range of hip motion of the isolated hip.
The basic drill for this class was four side to side cucarachas, a forward left leg cucaracha, a forward right leg cucaracha, a backward left leg cucaracha and finally a backward right leg cucaracha.
Martin grabbed each student's hips while standing in front of each student and then he rotated the student's hips. This accentuated the movements and demonstrated the full extent of what can be achieved. The precise movement of the student's isolated body parts must be practiced since it is complicated and must be practiced to develop muscle memory with automatic movement. Additionally, correctly practicing the movements can strengthen the body and help avoid injury.
We did a drill raising one leg and then rotating the hip in a figure 8. Keep the pressure on the inside of the foot. The more surface area on the floor the more stable. International Rumba is done with locked legs.
The practice routine was a Curaracha done by man while the woman does perpendicular side to side back breaks with complete transfer of weight by the woman. Martin stated that the woman is technically not doing back breaks since this is an Amrican Rythym term, not International. The man is continuously shifting the woman from left side to right side side while he does his cucarachas. Stretch the head and abdomen upward.
The calves push the body up.
The figure 8 drills can be done with mirror images with the woman. The toes are pointed out but the heels are closed and touching. No bent knees in International Rumba.

Intermediate Rumba     Melbin De La Cruz
Initial Routine
Half a Basic
Cross Body Lead
Half a Basic perpendicular to first Cross Body Lead
Second Cross Body Lead
Half a Basic
Cross Body Lead
Man's Check/Woman's Spiral
Side to Side Outside Break
Around the World

Hold you left hand upward almost palm to palm bent at the elbow when you close.
Drill Half a basic, right side chasse with two swivels, half a basic, left side chasse with two swivels.

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