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Natural Top

Rumba Natural Top

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.

Leader

Step Timing Movement
Turn Notes
1 2
RF behind LF (Cuban Cross)
up to 2 complete turns over 1 - 8

2 3
LF to side


3 - 8
4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3
Repeat 1 & 2 three times


9
4 1
Close RF to LF
No turn

Follower

Step Timing Movement
Turn Notes
1 2
LF to side
up to 2 complete turns over 1 - 8 Be careful not to collapse the frame. Keep distance from Man, lifted, energy.
Keep upper body light, lower feet sticky.
2 3
RF in front of LF, toe turned out


3 - 8
4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3
Repeat steps 1 & 2 three times


9
2 LF to side
no turn

  • Start in Closed Position. Circle imaginary spot in the center.
  • Because of the continuous turn, knees will not straighten fully on 1-8. so only a slight, natural hip movement is used.
  • Three steps of Natural Top may be danced, 7-9.
  • Gold Variation:
    • While dancing 4-5, lead Lady to turn L under raised L arm having release R hand hold.
    • Lady RF fwd and slightly across LF, turning 1/4 L on 4, then continue to turn L on RF and step to side on LF almost facing partner on 5.
    • Get into normal hold and continue with 6-9 of Natural Top (Lady's turn between 4&5 depends on Man's turn.)