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Three Alemanas

Rumba Three Alemanas

Rumba Three Alemanas is a Gold 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.


This can start in Fan Position. It could also start from Open Position.

Step Timing Movement
Turn Notes
1 - 4 2 3 4 1 2
Same as Alemana No turn Start in Fan Position.
5 3 LF fwd and slightly leftwards No turn
6 4 1
Close RF to LF in RSP Slight body turn to R Increase tone and lower L arm to R. End with L arm braced.
7 2 LF to side with part weight Slight body turn to L to normal position Raise L hand above lady's R shoulder and circle it counter-clockwise.
8 3 Transfer weight to RF No turn Lower L hand to shoulder level
9 4 1 Close LF to RF -- Brace L arm in normal position
10 - 12 2 3 4 1 Same as steps 4-6 of Alemana
Raise L hand above Lady's R shoulder, then continue steps 4-6 of Alemana.


Step Timing Movement 
Turn Notes
1 - 6 2 3 4 1
2 3 4 1
Same as Alemana.
Step 6: LF fwd in line with RF towards Man's R side, then turn to end LF  back in RSP.
1 1/4 turn to R over steps 3 to 6, then a further 1/2 on step 6. Start in Fan Position.

Remember turning technique: body first, then hip, center in, close ribs, thighs tight

First Alemana, ending 2341: to Man's R side, more twisting to R, point RF, the twisting makes left knee bend, but don't think too much about sitting butt out. The feeling is go into forward step, not having to get up from sitting position.

R leg very straight, make the line while twisting. Upper body is winding up to turn the other direction (L)

Lady L arm up while twisting. R arm down at center waist level, RH connected with Man.
7 2 RF slightly leftwards, then turn underarm allowing LF to cross loosely in front of RF without weight (Spiral Turn) 1/8 to L, then a further 3/4 to L Different styles of spiral turn: wrap foot (wing the foot, do not sickle foot), high spiral, locking ankles.

2 onto RF, options: do spiral: hold head, turning body to left, do a spiral turn, or direct fwd walk turn, pivot, then swivel.

Shoulder is to right, not turned completely flat.
8 3 LF fwd 1/8 to L Almost feel like stepping away from Man. Settle hip, LF fwd underneath shoulder, do not step big outside body. Then, do flexible turn.
9 4 1
RF fwd 1/2 to L The turn is made at end of previous beat.
Pressed Fwd Walk. Lady should bring her weight well fwd, responding to Man's tone in his L arm.
10 - 12 2 3 4 1 Same as steps 4-6 of Alemana A complete turn to R over steps 10-12.