Ballroom dance Lessons - The Rumba Share
Did you know this about the Rumba

The modern international style of dancing the rumba derives from studies made by dance teacher Monsieur Pierre (Pierre Zurcher-Margolle).

Pierre, then from London, visited Cuba in 1947, 1951 and 1953 to find out how and what Cubans were dancing at the time.

The international ballroom rumba, compared to Cuban Rumba, is a slower dance of about 120 beats per minute which corresponds, both in music and in dance to what the Cubans of an older generation called the bolero-son. It is easy to see why, for ease of reference and for marketing, rumba is a better name, however inaccurate; it is the same kind of reason that led later on to the use of salsa as an overall term for popular music of Cuban origin.

All social dances in Cuba involve a hip-sway over the standing leg and, though this is scarcely noticeable in fast salsa, it is more pronounced in the slow ballroom rumba. In general, steps are kept compact and the dance is danced generally without any rise and fall. This style is authentic, as is the use of free arms in various figures. The basic figures derive from dance moves observed in Havana in the pre-revolutionary period, and have developed their own life since then.

If you live in St Albans and are looking for Ballroom Dance lessons, then why not come along to one of the area's most popular Ballroom Dancing Clubs. Lessons are only 4 pounds and combined with a friendly Club atmosphere, it makes for a very enjoyable evening.

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Beginners class - The Rumba

The four basic Rumba steps we teach, will allow you to create your own Rumba dance routine by simply varying the step sequence, even when the dance floor is crowded. In fact, many experienced dancers enjoy this lesson, since, it gives them the opportunity to brush up on their technique and posture. It is always worth remembering: it is not the number of steps you know that will impress other dancers; it is how well you are able to dance the steps that is more important. To watch brief video clips of each of the steps and the full dance routine, please click the links, below.

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Please click here to watch a video of the beginners class.
For more experienced dancers - The Rumba

To keep our ballroom dance classes fresh and interesting, we periodically change the dance routine to include new steps or variations on existing steps. To watch brief video clips of each of the Rumba dance steps or the complete dance routine, please click the links, below.

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Routines using the above steps: Routine 1 | Routine 2.
Ballroom Dance Timetable
January 2017
9, 16, 23
30
February
6, 13
20, 27
March
4
Spring Dance
6
13, 20, 27
April
3, 10
17
Closed - Holiday
24
May
1
Closed - Holiday
8, 15, 22
29
Closed - Holiday
June
5, 12, 19
26
July
3, 10
17, 24, 31
August
7, 14, 21
28
Closed - Holiday
September
4, 11, 18
25
October
2, 9
14
Autumn Dance
16, 23, 30
November
6, 13, 20
27
December
4, 11
18
Xmas Party
25
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