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American Rumba – Parallel Break

Learn how to dance the Parallel Break in American Rumba.

How to dance the Parallel Break in Rumba

Timing

Rumba is counted in slow, quick, quick, which equals one measure. You can do a parallel break to either the right or the left with the count slow, quick, quick.

With the sequence demonstrated in the video above it takes 6 measures to complete 3 parallel breaks ending with an underarm turn.

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.

Parallel Break to Right:

Right foot to the side and then turn your body slightly to the right as you take a step forward on your left foot at a diagonal for a rock step and then replace weight back to your Right foot.

This step is done in outside partner position where you take a step outside your partner instead of being inline where your steps are aligned on the same path.

Parallel Break to Left:

Left foot to the side and then turn your body slightly to the left as you take a step forward on a diagonal on your right foot for a rock step and then replace the weight back onto your Left foot.

Parallel Break to Right:

Right foot to the side and then turn your body slightly to the right as you take a step forward at a diagonal on your left foot for a rock step and then replace weight back to your Right foot.

Underarm Turn Right:

Left foot to the side, Right foot back and across in 5th position for rocking action and replacing weight to Left foot.

Right foot side, Left foot back and across in 5th position with rocking action and replace weight to Right foot.

To lead the underarm turn, as you take your right foot back and across for the rocking action you will raise your left hand signaling the underarm turn for the follower.

To help with this turn instead of keeping your body square to the follower allow your body to open up to the right. This will help the step feel more natural.

Timing: slow, quick, quick for 6 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.

Back Parallel Break to Left:

Left foot to the side and then you will feel from your leader to turn your body slightly to the right as you take a step backward at a diagonal for a rock step and then replace your weight back to your Left foot.

Back Parallel Break to Right:

Right foot to the side and then turn your body slightly to the left as you take a step back at a diagonal on your left foot for a rock step and then replace the weight back onto your right foot.

Back Parallel Break to Left:

Left foot to the side and then you will feel from your leader to turn your body slightly to the right as you take a step backward at a diagonal for a rock step and then replace your weight back to your Left foot.

Underarm Turn Right:

Right foot forward and slightly side. At this point you should feel your right hand being raised by the lead to signal the underarm turn.

As you stand on your right foot you are going to take your left foot forward and across and take the step and then turn to the right for half a turn while standing on your left foot.

Take right foot forward, stepping first and then pivoting right to face your partner.

Left foot side, right foot back and across in 5th position rocking back and replacing weight to left foot.

Timing: slow, quick, quick for 6 measures

Rumba Technique

Outside Partner Position

This step introduces outside partner position in Rumba. By rotating through the torso it allows you to take a step in outside partner position instead of staying in line with your partner.

Forward or Back Parallel Break

As a lead you could choose to lead the parallel break going forward or you could lead it going backwards. To lead a back parallel break you would intiate it from the back half of a rumba box step.

Closed or Open Dance Position

When dancing this step you can choose to maintain closed dance position or your can let go and connect hand to hand for an open dance position.

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