In Cuba, the Spanish dances, music, and culture converged with the African slave rhythms to create new styles and rhythms. The Son, the popular dance of middle class Cuba, was one of the dances to emerge from this convergence. The American Rumba (officially established in 1955) is a modified version of the Son.
Dancers produce a very subtle tilting of the hips by alternately bending and straightening the knees. This Cuban Motion gives Rumba its sensual look and romantic feel. This is one of four dances to use the ballroom box, the others being Foxtrot, Waltz, and Samba. We feature this style in both of our Wednesday evening classes and at community events.