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Shoulder To Shoulder

Rumba Shoulder To Shoulder

This is a Newcomer Level figure. This online reference gives a detailed description of dance steps; 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.

This is similar to Cha Cha Cha Shoulder to Shoulder.

Leader

Step Timing Movement 
Turn Notes
1
2
LF fwd to Lady's L side
Nil
Body has no turns, frame is facing partner. Only lower body turns to step Outside Partner.
This is Left Side Shoulder to Shoulder.
LF in CBMP. R shoulder is quite fwd.
Finishing hip just like Close Basic.
2
3
Transfer Weight to RF

ball flat.
3
4 1
LF to side, ending LF side and slightly fwd
1/4 to L over 3-5
(feet turn only)
4 2
RF fwd towards Lady's R side
Nil
This is Right Side Shoulder to Shoulder.
5 3
Transfer weight to LF


6 4 1
RF to side, ending RF side and slightly fwd
1/4 to R over 8-10


Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Turn Notes
1
2
RF back
Nil
Body has no turns, frame is facing partner. Only lower body turns to step Outside Partner.

This is Left Side Shoulder to Shoulder.
When Man is doing Shoulder to Shoulder, Lady's steps are actually time step.
2
3
Transfer weight to LF towards Man's side

Twist R side to push LF forward. Then, pendulum action.
3
4 1
RF to side, ending RF side and slightly back
1/4 to L over 3-5
Twist, pendulum.
4 2
LF back
Nil
This is Right Side Shoulder to Shoulder.

Foot position is in CBMP. Also called Latin Cross.
When foot is stepped cross the line, it's strong CBMP.

CBM: take shoulder of free leg to standing leg.
Hip laterally to right
5 3
Transfer weight to RF towards Man's R side

Twist LF side, and pendulum.
6 4 1
LF to side, ending LF side and slightly back
1/4 to R over 8-10

  • Normally commenced in Closed Position.
  • Shoulder To Shoulder Left side:
    • Following Hockey Stick (Man move slightly towards Lady's L side on last step), Shoulder to Shoulder may be danced with L to R or double hand hold (end in Open PP, then followed by Spot or Switch turn to L)
    • Man keeps the L hand higher than usual to prevent Lady moving too far back on last step of the Hockey Stick, although the couple will be further apart than when dancing the figure in Closed Position.
    • When danced this way, it can end in Open PP, Lady no turn.
  • Similarly for Shoulder To Shoulder Right side.