Ballroom Dances‎ > ‎International Style‎ > ‎Rumba‎ > ‎

Circular Hip Twists

Rumba Circular Hip Twists

Rumba Circular Hip Twists is a Gold Level figure. This online reference gives a detailed description of the different variation of the dance steps, including timing, and movement; a list of figures that may precede or follow the pattern; and videos providing instruction and demonstration of the figure, techniques and practice routines that include it.

Leader

Step Timing Movement
Turn Notes
1 2 3 2 3 4 1
As Advanced Hip Twist
Start from Closed Position.
Step 3: Pressed Backward Walk
4 2 RF to side and slightly back 1/8 to L At end of previous beat, extend L arm slightly fwd at normal level, retain tone in arms.
Because of the continuous turn, knees will not straighten fully. Slight natural hip movement is used.
Exact turn amount may vary.
5 3 LF behind RF (Cuban Cross) 1/8 to L Pressed Backward Walk
Retain tone in arms, return to normal position, slightly to R
6 4 1
RF to side 1/8 to L At end of previous beat, extend L arm slightly fwd at normal level, retain tone in arms.
7 8 2 3 Repeat step 5 and 6 Continue to turn 1/8 on each step Step 7: Pressed Backward Walk
Step 8: Because of the continuous turn, knees will not straighten fully. Slight natural hip movement is used.
9 4 1 Repeat step 5
Pressed Backward Walk

Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Turn Notes
1 2 3 2 3 4 1
As Advanced Hip Twist
Commence in Closed Position.
Step 1,3 : turn starts at end of previous beat.
Step 3: Pressed Walk. Late lowering of the heel.
4 2 LF fwd 1/4 to R Turn initiated at hips. Hip turns more than upper body.
5 3 Close RF to LF 1/2 to L Step 5: On ball of RF, Pressed Walk. Late lowering of the heel.
6 - 9 4 1
2 3 4 1
Repeat steps 4 and 5 twice repeat Step 9: turn starts at end of previous beat. Turn initiated at hips. Hip turns more than upper body.
Step 7, 9: Step 3: Pressed Walk. Late lowering of the heel.

Note:
  • Lady circles around Man, try to keep shoulder relative parallel to Man and have hips do the work.
  • This may be danced with R to R hand hold following Alemana from Open Position. Then, change to normal L to R hand hold on step 5 of the following Advanced Hip Twist.