The Origins of Rumba
It was the Rumba that, originally, caused the craze for Cuban and Latin American dances in the United States. Danced to music inspired by African rhythms and Spanish melodies, the American-style Rumba is at the base of the Mambo and Cha-Cha.
How to Dance Rumba
The very distinctive hip movement in Rumba, called Cuban motion, is one of the most important elements in this dance. This movement is also used throughout all other Latin Dances.
The music of Rumba is usually written in 4/4 timing and can be played to a variety of tempos. Often there will be a pulse between the different counts that will give us a timing of 1 & 2 & 3 & 4. The basic step of the Rumba is counted as Slow, Quick, Quick.