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See Latin Technique for basic Latin actions and technique.  Rumba and Cha Cha Cha have a lot of similarities, the music for Rumba is slower giving it more time for hip actions.

Types of Rumba Walks

Forward Walk

This is the typical Rumba walk, e.g. Progressive Walks.

Check Forward Walk

Check Forward Walk is for changing the direction of movement, from going forward to going backward, e.g. Basic Movements

Delayed Forward Walk (Extended Forward Walk)

Delayed Forward Walk has a delay in putting weight on the foot. It will start with pointing the leg, keep the straight line and move spine, transfer weight at the very end "&a". E.g. Alemana and Spiral.

Pressed Forward Walk

Pressed Forward Walk is used in Advanced Hip Twist and Sliding Doors where one will press and hold on a bent knee on "41", on "&", you will step and then turn to continue forward in a different direction.

Forward Walk Turn

Forward Walk Turn is a turning step and is used to turn "inside" (the side of non-supporting foot) 180 degrees. E.g.  Alemana and Spot Turns.

Backward Walk

This is the typical Rumba Backward Walk in figures like Basic Movements (Open Bsic) and  Progressive Walks. Be careful to keep weight forward and not fall backward.

Delayed Backward Walk (Extended Backward Walk)

In Delayed Backward Walk, typically the Lady points her LF back on "41", but delays moving spine back, the distance between partners will shorten, allowing more compression in connection, then Lady moves on "&a". 

Pressed Backward Walk

Pressed Backward Walk is used in Natural Top (for Man) or Reverse Top (for Lady), where one foot crosses behind the other foot (Latin Cross).

Backward Walk Turn

Backward Walk Turn is used in Basic Movements  (Closed Basic) when it is turned. It is a side step slightly back, after turning it ends to the side.


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