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Closed Hip Twist

Rumba Closed Hip Twist

This is a Bronze 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.


Start in Closed Position. Normally ends in Fan Position.

Step Timing Movement
Turn Notes
1 2
LF to side in RSP
Slight body turn to R
Previous step: lead lady towards R side.

Turn frame to R, still a side step. Allow R hand/arm to slide down the lady's arm a little to give her more room for the turn and step. To the Lady, it appears Man in more "in front and left side, perpendicular" (vs. in Natural Opening Out or Opening Out to L and R, Man appears to be on the "side" of Lady.)
2 3
Transfer weight to RF

3 4 1
Close LF to RF
Very slight body turn to L
Switch weight on "1"
4 2 RF back
Slight body turn to L to normal position

5 3 Transfer weight to LF
No turn

6 4 1
RF to side in Fan Position
Man could do slight turn to L to get into Fan position.


Step Timing Movement
Turn Notes
1 2
RF back in RSP
1/2 to R
Turn starts end of previous beat. 

At previous beat: LF fwd in line with RF, keep RF behind, keep pressure on RF more, press into it.
Turn shoulder first, then turn twist hip sharp for fast 1/2 turn to R, now RF is in front. RF is turned out, lift the heel up. Do not leave RF trailing during turn. RF and R leg should have nice long leg line. then place RF back.

"Give" Man right arm, keep tone in arm, energy forward.

2 3
Transfer weight to LF

"3 &", on "&" start turning 1/2 to L to face Man.

Keep foot pressure on floor, track RF while turning. Turning shoulder/body first. 
3 4 1
RF fwd in line with LF towards Man's R side
1/2 to L
Pressed Forward Walk. Turn starts end of previous beat. RF in strong demi-pointe position, RF more cross in front of LF, LF needs to swivel more, Settle L hip more, make gap between knees bigger.

Option 1: "4 1 &", do not turn to R early, Hold on 1, straighten R leg with weight, then turn to R on "&".

Option 2: straighten and turn at the same time on "1" for more energy.
2 LF fwd passing in front of Man
1/4 to R
Turn starts end of previous beat. after turning, don't pause LF, place it and transfer weight
Turn is initiated from hips. Hips turn more than body.
5 3 RF fwd in line with LF, then turn to end RF back
1/2 to L, body turn less
RF step fwd, then sharp 1/2 turn. Forward Walk Turn. Do not let body weight take over. 

After turning, there is still weight on LF (LF in front after turning), body weight fwd, keep tone/tension in RH with Man, before stepping LF back on "4".
6 4 1
LF back in Fan Position
body completes turn
Release L leg and step back ahead of body. Backward walk action.

Fan position is a picture pose position. Give it some "significance" with more arm styling. Start from LH in middle of torso, then elbow-wrist-hand extend out. Body turns to left in the direction of the hand, do not tilt shoulders. Look at your audience, along the L arm.
  • Alternative Finishing Positions:
    • Open Position: Man turn 1/4 L over 5 & 6
    • Open CPP:
      • Man turn 1/8 L over 5 & 6, leading lady to overturn on 5, both taking 6 diag. fwd.
      • Lady turns an additional 1/8 L on 5 using loosely crossed spiral action.
    • Contact Position:
      • Man turn 1/2 L over 5 & 6 to end RF side and slightly fwd.
      • Lady 3/4 L over 5 & 6 to end LF behind RF as Cuban Cross.
      • Normal hold retained throughout.