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Rope Spinning

Rumba Rope Spinning

Rope Spinning 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.

Rope Spinning is commenced during the last step of the preceding figure. Man leads Lady to turn sharply R under raised L arm, inclining and turning his body slightly R, releasing R hand hold. Lady does Spiral, a complete turn to R on LF with foot flat (T of RF), body turning less, ending on Man's side facing opposite way. That's the Spiral Turn part. Man can keep his hand lightly in contact with Lady's back. What shows below is what follows the Spiral Turn.


Step Timing Movement
Turn Notes
1 2
LF to side
continue to turn body to R
Circle L hand clockwise over head over step 1 and 2
2 3
Transfer weight to RF
Turn body slightly to L

3 4 1
Close LF to RF in LSP
Continue to turn body to normal position
L hand to L side. Gradually lower to waist level
4 2 RF back
No turn
Continue to circle L hand clockwise over step 4 and 5. Incline body slightly L
5 3 Transfer weight to LF
return body to normal position.
6 4 1
Close RF to LF in Closed Position
Take required hold at end of this step.


Step Timing Movement
Turn Notes
1 2 3
2 3 4 1
Three walks fwd circling R behind Man's back RLR. End in LSP
1/2 to R over step 1-3

4 5 6
2 3 4 1
Three walks fwd still circling R, LRL. End in Closed Position
1/2 to R over step 4-6

Alternative finishing positions:
  • Man and Lady end to side
  • Man and lady end diagonally fwd in Open CPP
    • Man 1/8 R on step 6.
    • Lady 7/8 to R over step 1 to 6.
  • Lady end fwd toward Man's R side
    • Man turns body slightly R on step 6 to lead Lady towards his R side.
    • Lady LF fwd in line with RF.
  • Man and Lady fwd towards partner's R side
    • Man RF fwd in line with LF towards Lady's R side.
    • Lady LF fwd in line with RF
  • R Shadow Position
    • Man RF fwd in line with LF towards Lady's R side, and continues to turn her R.
    • Lady ends LF back having made 1/2 turn R on LF during preceding beat.
    • Adopt R shadow Hold.