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Progressive Walks


Rumba Progressive Walks

These are Newcomer Level figures. This online reference gives a detailed description of 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.

Progressive Walks is danced in group of 3 or 6 forward or backward steps. Danced in Closed Position or Open Position. No turn or curve to L for walk forward or to R for walk back.

Progressive Walks Forward

Step Timing Movement
Turn Notes
1 2
LF fwd
slight turn or no turn.
See technique details in Rumba Technique.
3
RF fwd


3 4 1
LF fwd


4 2 RF fwd


5 3 LF fwd


6 4 1
RF fwd


Progressive Walks Backward

Step Timing Movement
Turn Notes
1 2
RF back
Slight turn or no turn.
step, straighten, then transfer weight.
2 3
RF back

3 4 1
RF back

4
2 RF back

5 3 RF back

6 4 1
RF back


  • Walk back: Man may close on step 3 or 9 leading Lady fwd towards R side into a spiral turn to R to continue with Rope Spinning.

Progressive Walks Forward In Right Side Position

Progressive Walks Forward In Left Side Position

Progressive Walks Forward In Right Shadow Position (Kiki Walks)

Preceding steps: Alemana, Rope Spinning, Three Alemanas,  Sliding Doors.
  • On last step, lead Lady towards R side then turn her R to R Shadow Position, get into one of the 3 R Shadow Holds.
    • Lady LF fwd in line with RF, then turn 1/2 to R on LF to end LF back.
  • count "2": Man and Lady then step back (Man LF, Lady RF)
  • count "3": Transfer weight fwd to RF (Lady LF)
  • count "4 1": LF fwd (Lady RF)
  • Follow with 6 Progressive Wlaks Forward with no turn or curving up to 1/2 to L. (Man start with RF, Lady LF)
Or dance Cuban Rock from Aida, then turn 1/2 (Man L, Lady R), taking R Shadow Position and hold, continue with 6 progressive Walks Forward as above.

When using Shadow Holds 2 or 3
  • count "4 1": Man could lead Lady to dance a spiral turn L when he has danced a Walk Forward on his LF (Lady RF fwd then make a complete turn to L on RF)
  • Continue with Progressive Walks Forward (Man starts RF, Lady LF)
Ending:
  • Fan Position: Man leading lady to pass in front of him to his L side, Man turns 1/8 L, Lady 7/8 L. When using Shadow hold 1, change to L to R hand hold on step 5 of Fan.
  • Ending facing partner: omit 6th Forward Walk and both step to side, turning 1/4 to R, Lady to L to face partner.
  • Spiral Ending: Omit 6th Forward Walk and close LF to RF leading Lady into a spiral turn to L.
    • Lady turn 1/4 L on the 6th walk to end in front of Man to dance her spiral turn.
    • Continue with 4-6 Spiral - this is solo spiral for Lady when R Shadow Hold 1 is used.

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