Rumba Curl

Curl is a Silver 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.


Commence in Open Position

  • 2: LF fwd

  • 3: Transfer weight to RF

  • 4 1: Close LF to RF

  • 2: RF back

    • Continue with steps 4-6 of Spiral. Finish in Fan.

  • 3: Transfer weight to LF | 1/8 to L over step 5 and 6

  • 4 1: RF to side to Fan Position


  • 2: RF back | No turn

    • Give it a moment to be "tall", stomach back, chest forward before settling. Then, really settle, R shoulder connect down to right hip, R arm stay rounded.

  • 3: Transfer weight to LF

    • Chest forward first, crunch right side, then, pendulum diagonal forward, crunch left side and hip twist at last split second and be fast.

  • 4 1: RF fwd, then turn allowing LF to cross loosely in front without weight (Spiral Turn)

    • RF fwd, slightly cross to L, let upper body turn L first, keep R arm same level (do not drop) and rounded.

    • Turn is made on ball of RF with foot flat (T of LF). Trailing foot is connected with floor with 5% weight while doing Curl.

    • At "1", still need to settle into R hip.

  • 2: LF fwd

    • Fan finish.

    • Settle hip.

  • 3: RF fwd and slightly across, then turn to end RF back

    • RF forward, slightly cross feet, upper thighs tight, sharp left turn. Push LF after turn,

  • 4 1: LF back in Fan Position

    • For Fan finish, L hip to side, (do not rotate L to open up), keep thighs very tightly closed. Then, at "&", rotate L hip to draw RF in sharply, then twist hip to R into next figure.

Preceding Figures

  1. Advanced Hip Twists

  2. Aida

  3. Basic Movements: Open

  4. Closed Hip Twist

  5. Curl

  6. Hockey Stick

  7. Open Hip Twist

  8. Progressive Walks Forward

  9. Spiral

  10. Spot or Switch Turn to L (Lady to R)

Following Figures

  1. Alemana (normal; or When finished in Open Position)

  2. Hockey Stick

  3. Sliding Doors

  4. Fencing

  5. Three Alemanas (normal; or When finished in Open Position)

  6. Basic Movements: Open (When finished in Open Position, follow with Open Basic, or 1-3 Open Basic into Progressive Walks Back or Natural Top)

  7. Open Hip Twist (When finished in Open Position)

  8. Curl (When finished in Open Position)

  9. Three Threes (When finished in Open Position)

  10. New York LSP (When finished in Open CPP)

  11. Spot or Switch Turn To R (Lady to L) (When finished in Open CPP)

  12. Underarm Turn To L (When finished in Open CPP)

  13. Reverse Top (When finished in Contact Position, follow with 4-6 or 4-9 Reverse Top.)