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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
For more dynamic: RF back, make sure to fully settle on R hip, rotate R hip more, tension with Man in R hand. Really settle into R hip, not afraid to take center backR side compression, R shoulder down. Counter balance with partner, so center can go further back.
2 3
Transfer weight to LF
--
For more dynamic: delay weight transfer, hold 3, weight transfer on &
3 4 1
RF fwd
--
4: RF fwd fast, step fwd to Man. In response to Man's lead, Lady brings her weight well fwd on this step. Match tone in her R arm to Man's L arm.
1: Really settle R side, R arm/elbow slightly out. Center back. Compress
4
2
LF fwd
1/4 to R
Turn is initiated from the hips, hips are turned more than upper body.
Lady walk into her own arm. Thighs tight, collect center. 
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.
&: turn 180 to left, into Man's hand with tension first before stepping LF back to Fan position.
6
4 1
LF back in Fan Position
Body completes turn

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