- A dance that tells the story of love and eroticism between a man and a woman.
- The Rumba relies on the age-old premise of the lady trying to conquer the gentleman by means of her womanly charms. Incorporating all the elements of teasing and withdrawal, it is considered the most sensual of the Latin dances.
- The Rumba should portray romance and therefore have good interplay between the dancers.
- In this dance the emphasis is on the body. Hip actions are produced by controlled transfer of weight from foot to foot.
- Look out for figure-eight hip rolls - this is a hip roll where the hips alternate in a forward movement.
- There are lots of slow stylish body shapes in the Rumba.
- When it comes to the footwork, look for a straightening of legs, and swiveling action in the feet.
- The walks should be strong and direct.
- The body never stops changing its shape.
- No heel leads - the dancers must not walk on the heels of their feet; they are on the balls of feet only.
- Look out for the Cucaracha step - rock to the right or the left, then replace and close.
- Look out for the Fan position - the woman goes on the man's left side at arms length and at 90 degrees to the man.
In the photo: TY MURRAY, CHELSIE HIGHTOWER