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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.
Moving foot: pressure hard into the floor using IE of foot, sticky, heavy feet.
Bare toe could be touching floor (for those who wears open toe shoe that allows it).
Do not slide back foot, keep back foot in place, swivel and tour back foot out.
2 3
RF fwd


3 4 1
LF fwd


4 2 RF fwd


5 3 LF fwd


6 4 1
RF fwd


  • Free arm: do complete, big circle. Small circle looks like paddling water.
  • Both feet: inside edge, never roll out flat or go outside edge.
  • Front foot pointing: not pointing straight, but using inside edge, sickled ankle, foot turned out.

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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