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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.


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.
Step 3: flexible turn.
Step 4-5: direct turn.
Step 5-6: flexible turn. continue to turn 1/2 turn during count 1.
Options for step 6: Lady may have either straight L knee, or flexed L knee with R knee straight and toe pointed (in sitting chair position)
Keep upper thighs very tight.
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, high spiral, locking ankles.
Shoulder is to right, not turned completely flat.
8 3 LF fwd 1/8 to L Almost feel like stepping away from Man. Settle R hip, LF fwd underneath shower, 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.

  • This can start in Open Position.