Origin of the Rumba

The fun, flirtatious rumba has its roots in Cuba, with ballroom rumba evolving from a variation of the bolero. American style rumba was first introduced in 1913 by nightclub dancers Lew Quinn and Joan Sawyer. A decade later, the Rumba was brought to New York by bandleader Emil Coleman. In the 1930's the Rumba was introduced to the international dance scene. Finally in 1955, Doris Lavell helped to establish the official version of the rumba. Since then, the Rumba has gone on to becomes one of today's most popular styles of ballroom dance.

How to Rumba

The Rumba is often danced in elaborate clothes; the women wear sultry, flowing, and vibrantly-colored dresses where as the men wear long, tailored pants with glittery shirts. With varying styles, the Rumba involves significant hip movements along with twists, turns, and dips that emulate the embraces of passionate lovers. American style rumba involves a box step with a slow-quick-quick pattern whereas the international style of the Rumba is exactly the opposite with a quick-quick-slow pattern with similarities to the Cha-Cha as well as the Bolero. Learn to Rumba

Learn to Rumba

The Rumba is a very fun and fiery dance which makes watching and dancing it a thoroughly entrancing experience.

Whether you want to learn how to dance the Rumba socially or competitively, Arthur Murray offers Rumba lessons for dancers of all levels.

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