Rumba Cross

QuickStep Rumba Cross

The QuickStep Rumba Cross is a Gold Level figure. This online reference gives a detailed description of the dance steps, including timing, footwork, alignment, and movement; steps diagram; 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.


  1. Q: LF fwd long step | Facing LOD | HT | slight turn to R at end of step | Sway(S) | rise e/o 1

  2. Q: RF crosses behind LF | facing Wall | T | 1/4 to R between 1-2 | Sway(R) | Up

  3. S: LF to side ans slightly back. End with RF fwd in CBMP | Backing LOD. End facing LOD | THT | 1/4 between 2-3 | Cont to turn 1/2 on 3 | Sway(S) | Up, lower e/o 3

Note--If preceding the Rumba Cross with 1-5 Natural Turn, a sway to L would be used on step 5 which could be held at the beginning of step 1 of the Rumba Cross. The Rumba Cross may be danced twice.


  1. Q: RF back long step | Backing LOD | T | start to turn R at end of step | Sway(S) | rise e/o 1

    • When preceding with a Natural Pivot Turn, S is added before this Q.

      • S: Lady LF back, continue with the rotation, swing hip (right side) down and swinging up, back to R, left side is still poised forward (when pivoting), body to Man. head stretch left.

      • Q: RF cross track in the back, activate butt muscle, hip to Man.

    • Even though Lady is going backward, mentally, feel traveling forward (body diagonally left upward), do not have the sensation of taking body/shoulder back.

  2. Q: LF crosses in front of RF | Backing Wall | T | 1/4 between 1-2 | Sway(L) | Up

    • LF almost pulls back straight, not too much room there. Lady's head stays in place, after QQ, as body turns underneath the head, head left.

  3. S: RF fwd between partner's feet. End with LF back | Facing LOD End backing LOD | TH | 1/4 between 2-3. | Continue to turn 1/2 on 3 (Pivoting action) | Sway(S) | Up, lower e/o 3

    • Pivot, head may turn to R (or keep left). needs to be on the foot, ribs to Man.

    • Do not level up shoulders and hips, leaving R side positive. R knee is forward over the toe, completely balanced on RF.

Preceding Figures

  1. Natural Pivot Turn

  2. Natural Turn

  3. Rumba Cross

Following Figures

  1. Running Right Turn (5-11 of Running Right Turn, RF fwd, S, into Tipsy to L)

  2. Rumba Cross