The Rumba is known as the mother of all Latin dances, and also widely considered to be the dance of love. For social dancing, the Rumba is danced to slow songs, and its Afro – Cuban roots give it a distinctly Latin feel.


The Rumba was at the beginning of the Cuban and Latin American dance crazes. Danced to music inspired by African rhythms and Spanish melodies, the Americanized Rumba was the basis for the Mambo and Cha Cha in the U.S.

This ballroom dance that was born for the amusement on the farms by the black farmhands and it was originally a marriage dance. This heritage is depicted in many steps that originally were danced interpretations of daily farm tasks.

The Rumba continued to grow in popularity until it was introduced in the United States about 1933. It was the Americanized version for the Cuban Son and Danzon. 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.”


The distinctive hip movement of Rumba, called the Cuban Motion, is one of the most important elements of this dance. Introduced in the Rumba, it is an important styling element in a number of popular Latin American dances. Rumba dance lessons will sharpen your sense of rhythm, timing and muscular control.


Rumba rhythms have found their way into Country Western, Blues, Rock & Roll and other popular forms of music. Rumba music is usually written in 4/4 time and may be played over a wide variety of tempos. Often in rumba music there may be an underlying pulsation of & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4. The basic step in Rumba is counted Slow, Quick, Quick (SQQ).

Rumba songs and artists include:

  • And I Love Her, by The Beatles
  • It’s Now or Never , by Elvis Presley
  • Besame Mucho, by Xavier Cugat
  • Neon Moon, by Brooks and Dunn
  • Under The Boardwalk, by The Drifters

If you want to learn Latin dancing, taking Rumba lessons is a prerequisite for good Latin Dancing. The Cuban Motion is essential in most all Latin dances. The Rumba is used by good dancers everywhere and provides interesting variety suited to a limited space. Neat, attractive, precise footwork gives you confidence in your dancing. You can learn all you need to know to be a master on the dance floor in our Latin dance classes. Etobicoke residents have trusted Arthur Murray for many years.

Beyond Rumba dance classes in Etobicoke, if you’re interested in other Latin ballroom dance lessonsSamba lessonsSalsa lessonsTango lessonsMambo dance lessonsMerengue dance lessons, or Cha cha dance lessons may be for you!

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