The Rumba has became a very popular ballroom dance. It was introduced in the United States about 1933.Rumba is a 4/4 Latin ballad at a tempo of 128 – 144 beats per minute. The characteristic feature is to take each step without initially placing the weight on that step. Steps are made with a slightly bent knee, which, when straightened, causes the hips to sway from side to side in what has come to be known as “Cuban Motion”.American style Rumba is danced to a variety of musical genre from the most traditional of Latin sounds to modern day pop hits.

Some examples are listed below:

Music Examples
Song Title
So Nice Bebel Gilberto
Stand By Me Ben E. King
Cry To Me Solomon Burke
Mammy Blue Julio Iglesias
Falling Into You Celine Dion
In My Own Mind Lyle Lovett
Hungry Eyes Eric Carmen
Emerald Street Eliza Gilkyson
Sacrifice Elton John
Take My Breath Away Berlin
Give Me One Reason Tracy Chapman
Fallen Lauren Wood
Beat Of Your Heart Hayley Westenra
Miracle Of Love Eurythmics
Love And Happiness Harris/Knopfler
California Dreamin’ Queen Latifah
Boats Kenny Chesney
Wicked Game Chris Isaak
These videos are meant to be reminders for people who have taken our classes. We do not present them as instructional. Many excellent instructional videos may be found on Dance Vision International’s website.