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American Rumba – Cross Over Breaks

Learn how to dance the Cross Over Break in American Rumba.

How to dance the Cross Over Break in Rumba

Timing

Rumba is counted in slow, quick, quick, which equals one measure. The Cross Over break with Underarm Turn ending takes 6 measures to complete.

Phrasing: A phrase of music generally consists of 4 measures or 2 – 8 counts. To finish out the phrase of the music after completing the underarm turn you would want to do something like a box steps that comprises two more measures to round out your phrasing of 8 total measures.

Leader’s Footwork:

Forward Half of Box Step:

Starting in closed dance position – Left foot forward, Right foot to the side and then close the left foot to the right foot and change weight.

Crossover Break to Right:

Right foot to the side and as you take this step with your left hand with thumb on top you will lower it down signaling to the follower that you will be turning and changing direction.

Next, pivot to the right while standing on your right foot and step through with your left foot forward taking a step.

Rock forward on your left foot and then replace your weight to your right foot. As you accept the weight on your right foot turn back and face your partner. The lead will come from your left hand and your body position.

Using your right hand you will want to grab your follower’s left hand to be able to lead the next crossover break.

Crossover Break to Left:

Step to the side with your left foot and as you take this step bring your right hand through and then pivot to the left.

Bring your right foot through and take a step. Rock forward on your right foot and then replace your weight back to your left foot.

As you accept the weight on your left foot turn back and face your partner.

Again the lead will come from your right hand and your body position.

Continue with another cross over break to right, underarm turn and rumba box.

Timing: slow, quick, quick for 8 measures

 

Follower’s Footwork:

Back Half of Box Step:

Starting in closed dance position – Right foot back, left foot to the side and then close the right foot to the left foot and change weight.

Crossover Break to Left:

Step to the side with your left foot you should feel your leader lowering your right hand. This is your signal to know a change of direction is coming. As you take the step you will pivot on your left foot at then step through with your right foot taking a rock step forward.

Next, shift your weight back onto your left foot.  As you accept the weight on your left foot turn back and face your partner.

You will feel the signal to turn come from the leader through your hand and body connection. The leader will then grab your left hand to prepare for the next step.

Crossover Break to Right:

Right foot to the side and as you take this step the leader will start to bring your hand through to prepare for your next step.

Next, pivot to the right while standing on your right foot and step through with your left foot forward taking a step.

Rock forward on your left foot and then replace your weight to your right foot. As you accept the weight on your right foot turn back and face your partner. Again you will feel the lead come from the and and body position of your partner.

To prepare for the next step your partner will grab your left hand to be able to lead the next crossover break.

Continue with another cross over break to left, underarm turn and rumba box.

Timing: slow, quick, quick for 8 measures

Rumba Technique

Leading with your body and hand pressure

When changing directions that lead will be initiated with your body and translated through your hand. When leading through your hand you can either give positive pressure or negative pressure.

Positive hand pressure: This occurs when you are both giving pressure towards your partner.

Negative hand pressure: This occurs when you are both pulling away from your partner.

When it comes to hand pressure you want to match your partner. As you create movement through your body it gets translated through your hand pressure.

Collecting your feet – Brush Pivot

What is a Brush Pivot?

A brush pivot is a fancy way to say collecting your feet together. As you take a step you want brush your feet to collect your free foot underneath your body.

When taking your pivot step to turn and do the crossover break you want to make sure your are brushing or collecting your feet as you make that turn and the step forward for the rocking action.

This is the same when you turn back to face your partner you will want to brush and collect your feet under your body before taking your next step.

Check out the video below to learn more about the Pivot Brush:

Sharp Turns happen with the head

When changing directions with a cross over break or any step to make it look sharp you want to quickly turn your hand and find a spot in the distance to help fix your gaze.

Also, when turning back towards your partner make a quick turn with your head and visually connect with your partner.  

Alternate Ending

Cross Over Break and Walk Around Turn

Instead of doing the underarm turn you can do a cross over break and walk around turn.

Check out the video below for demonstration of the crossover break with walk around turn

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