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Rumba Bronze Routine Technique Notes

General Notes:
  • See also: Rumba Technique Latin Technique
  • Finish the arm. No loose arm hanging or extra movement. Commit to each body design. Solid. 
  • Posture: tall spine, lengthen neck. Eyes focused.
Starting the dance:
  • Lady initiates by moving her hip and leg. Weight on RF initially. L knee bent.
  • Lady echo Man's arm movement (just a bit late).
  • Man changes weight to his RF, Lady to her LF and start with cucaracha to man's left.
Routine notes:
  1. Cucarachas: LF, RF  (2341 2341)
    • Dynamic: flexible.
  2. Basic Movements: Closed  (2341 2341)  Turning basic 1/4 to L
    • Focus on beautiful leg action and foot placement. "3": Transfer weight fully to front foot.
  3. New York LSP  (2341) 
    • end of "1&", sharp turn to hand-to-hand.
    • Think about the combination of "tension" (fast,sharp turns) and then "release" (transfer weight fully)
  4. Hand To Hand LSP  (2341) 
    • Lady: arm straight out to side, then, up, brush hair/neck (elbow forward) and down on side of body.
    • do not turn to face partner, keep same direction.
    • At end of "1&", turn 1/2 to R into R side by side position.
  5. Hand To Hand RSP  (2341) 
    • On "2", R arm straight out. "3 41" - this is a quick arm in and out. Or keep the arm out till next walk.
  6. Progressive Walks Forward in RSP  (2341 2341)  ending facing partner
    • Arm in on "2", flip draw to center on "3", "41" arm out.
    • 23: arm in and center
    • 41: face partner, get in hold.
  7. Cuban Rocks RF  (2341) 
    • settle
  8. Spot Turn To R (Lady to L)  (2341) 
    • When finishing on "41": left arm straight out to left, R arm connect with Man.
  9. Alemana  (2341 )
    • Lady:
      • Keep arm out on "3 41", do not put hand back on Man's shoulder too quick, wait till end of "1&" turning.
      • "1&": sharp turn, put L hand back on Man's shoulder, finishing with energy toward each other, fully transfer weight.
  10. Closed Hip Twist  (2341 2341) 
    • Twist: Finish hips, dance hip forward fully before turning. 
    • Fan: after turning, Lady: keep pressure in RH  with Man's LH.
  11. Hockey Stick  (2341 2341) 
    • Fan closing, create dynamic. 
    • Finishing Hockey Stick: delayed back walk.
  12. Shoulder To Shoulder Left Side, Right Side, Right  (2341, 2341)
    • Try to keep shoulder parallel to Man. Use the energy: "open" and "close".
  13. Side Step To Right LF  (2341)
    • Focus on fundamentals
  14. Cucarachas: RF  (2341)
    • Compress side
  15. Fan  (2341 2341) 
    • Basic Fan (in closed position)
  16. Alemana  (2341 2341)
  17. Opening Out To Right And Left  (2341 2341)  
  18. Closed Hip Twist  (2341 2341)  open finish, one hand hold
    • Lady: does normal hip twist. Man: close to the Lady.
  19. Basic Movements: Open  (2341)
    • Delayed walk, "elastic" energy.
  20. Progressive Walks Back  (2341 2341) 
  21. Natural Top  (2341 2341 2341)  
  22. Closed Hip Twist  (2341 2341)  
Repeat from #1.