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Open Hip Twist

Rumba Open Hip Twist

This is a Silver 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
LF fwd
No turn
Slightly extend L arm fwd
2 3
Transfer weight to RF
--
Contract L arm over step 2 and 3 to end with LH close to L hip
3 4 1
Close LF to RF slightly back
--

4 2 RF back, small step
--
Brace L arm towards end of preceding beat, then L arm to L side
5 3 Transfer weight to LF
1/8 to L over step 5 and 6
Increase tone in L arm
6 4 1
RF to side in Fan Position
--
Slightly extend L arm. L hand still.

Follower

Step Timing Movement
Turn Notes
1 2
RF back
No turn

2 3
Transfer weight to LF
--

3 4 1
RF fwd
--
In response to Man's lead, Lady brings her eight well fwd on this step. Match ton in her R arm to Man's L arm.
4
2
LF fwd
1/4 to R
Turn is initiated from the hips, hips are turned more than upper body.
5
3
RF fwd and slightly across, then turn to end RF back
1/8 to L, then a further 1/2. Body turn less.

6
4 1
LF back in Fan Position
Body completes turn

    • Step 4 turn is commended towards end of previous beat of music.