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American Style Rumba
Rumba Box
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1. Rumba Box

The basic repeatable pattern of the Rumba is the Box, a sequence of 6 steps which form the shape of a box on the floor.

The Rumba Box can be thought of in two halves, each half consisting of a walk, followed by a chasse. The first half of the Box begins with a forward walk on the man's left foot, counted "slow", followed by a chasse to the side (RF, LF), counted "quick, quick". The second half of the Box begins with a back walk on the man's right foot, counted "slow", follwed by a chasse to the side (LF, RF), counted "quick, quick". The pattern can be repeated as desired.

The lady's part is nearly identical to the man's, except that her part begins with the second half of the Box. So when he steps forward with his left foot to begin the first half of the box, she steps back with her right foot to begin the second half, and vice-versa.

The Rumba Box can be taken without turn, or it can be turned up to 1/4 to left for each half-Box. If taken with the maximum amount of turn, one full turn would be completed after two Boxes.

The Box is usually danced in closed position, but it can also be taken in open facing position with a one- or two-hand hold.

STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed facing position.
 
1SlowLeft foot forward.Begin to turn to left. 
2QuickRight foot side. 
3QuickClose left foot to right foot.Up to 1/4 turn to left over 1-3. 
 
4SlowRight foot back.Begin to turn to left. 
5QuickLeft foot side. 
6QuickClose right foot to left foot.Up to 1/4 turn to left over 4-6. 
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed facing position.
 
1SlowRight foot back.Begin to turn to left. 
2QuickLeft foot side. 
3QuickClose right foot to left foot.Up to 1/4 turn to left over 1-3 (according to man). 
 
4SlowLeft foot forward.Begin to turn to left. 
5QuickRight foot side. 
6QuickClose left foot to right foot.Up to 1/4 turn to left over 4-6 (according to man). 
Rumba Box>> Rumba Box
Alternative Basic>>4-6 Rumba Box
1-3 Alternative Basic>> Rumba Box
Side Breaks>>5-6 Rumba Box
1-4 Side Breaks>>2-6 Rumba Box
1-4 Side Breaks>>2-3 Rumba Box
1-3 Side Breaks>>4-6 Rumba Box
Cuban Walks Forward>> Rumba Box
Cuban Walks Forward>>1-3 Rumba Boxto be followed by Backward Cuban Walks
>>Finishing 1-3 Box with a RH-RH hold.
Rumba Box>> Rumba Box
1-3 Rumba Box>> Alternative Basic
Rumba Box>>4-6 Alternative Basic
Step 1 Rumba Box>>5-7 Side Breaks
1-4 Rumba Box>>2-7 Side Breaks
Rumba Box>> Cuban Walks Forward
1-3 Rumba Box>>4-6 Cuban Walks Forward
Rumba Box>>4-6 Cuban Walks Backward
1-3 Rumba Box>> Cuban Walks Backward
Rumba Box>> Promenade Walks
1-4 Rumba Box>>5-6 Promenade Walks
Step 1 Rumba Box>>5-6 Counter-Promenade Walks
1-3 Rumba Box>> Counter-Promenade Walks
1-3 Rumba Box>> Open Break & Underarm Turn
Rumba Box>> 8-Count Underarm Turn
1-3 Rumba Box>> Crossover Breaks Forward
Rumba Box>>4-7 Crossover Breaks Forwardreleasing to open facing position over 1-6 Rumba Box
1-3 Rumba Box>> Crossover Back Breaksreleasing to open facing position over 1-3 Rumba Box
Rumba Box>>4-7 Crossover Back Breaks
1-3 Rumba Box>> Crossover Turnsusing LH-RH hold to lead first Crossover Turn
Rumba Box>>4-6 Crossover Turns
1-3 Rumba Box>> Continuous Fifth Position Breaks
Rumba Box>>4-7 Continuous Fifth Position Breaks
1-3 Rumba Box>> Fifth Position Break to Box
Rumba Box>> Cross-Body Lead
1-3 Rumba Box>> Alternative Cross-Body Lead
Rumba Box>> Forward Cuban Rocks
1-3 Rumba Box>>4-6 Forward Cuban Rocks
1-3 Rumba Box>> Backward Cuban Rocks
Rumba Box>>4-6 Backward Cuban Rocks
1-3 Rumba Box>> Offset Breaks
Rumba Box>>4-6 Offset Breaks


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