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American Rumba – Box Step

Learn how to dance the Box Step in American Rumba.

How to dance the Rumba Box

Alignment

When it comes to rhythm dances the alignment isn’t as important as it is for Smooth dances. You can start this step facing any direction.

Timing

The timing for the rumba box is slow, quick, quick

Leader’s Footwork:

  • Front Half of Box Step: Left foot forward, Right foot to the side and then close the left foot to the right foot and change weight. (timing – slow, quick, quick)
  • Back Half of Box Step: Right foot back, Left foot to the side and then close the right foot to the left foot and change weight. (timing – slow, quick, quick)

Follower’s Footwork:

  • Back Half of Box Step: Right foot back, Left foot to the side and then close the right foot to the left foot and change weight (timing – slow, quick, quick)
  • Front Half of Box Step: Left foot forward, Right foot to the side and then close the left foot to the right foot and change weight.(timing – slow, quick, quick)

Rumba Box Technique

Weight is on the ball of your foot

When taking a step in any direction you will put the weight on the ball of your foot. Generally, there are no heel leads in rhythm dancing. (One exception is Paso Doble in the International latin style)

Cuban Motion

When dancing the rumba you want to make sure you are using Cuban motion. This involves rotation of the hips around the spine which is caused by the bending and straightening of the legs.

Check out the video below to learn more Advanced Technique for the Rumba Box.

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