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American Style Rumba
Alternative Basic
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2. Alternative Basic

Another figure that is used as a basic repeatable pattern in Rumba is known as the Alternative Basic. It can function as an alternative to the Box as a basic, or it can simply be used as an additional variation taken occasionally in addition to the Box. The Alternative Basic is derived from the basic movement of the Mambo, as well as that of the International Rumba, and blends well with many of the figures in the bronze Rumba syllabus.

The Alternative Basic can be thought of in two halves, each half consisting of a side step, followed by a forward or back rock step. The first half of the Basic begins with a side step on the man's left foot, counted "slow", followed by a back rock step (RF, LF), counted "quick, quick". The second half of the Basic begins with a side step on the man's right foot, counted "slow", followed by a forward rock step (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 Basic. So when he rocks forward on his left foot, she rocks back on her right, and vice-versa.

STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed facing position.
 
1SlowLeft foot side. 
2QuickRight foot back. 
3QuickReplace weight to left foot.Up to 1/4 turn to left over 1-3. 
 
4SlowRight foot side. 
5QuickLeft foot forward. 
6QuickReplace weight to right foot.Up to 1/4 turn to left over 4-6. 
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed facing position.
 
1SlowRight foot side. 
2QuickLeft foot forward. 
3QuickReplace weight to right foot.Up to 1/4 turn to left between 1-3. 
 
4SlowLeft foot side. 
5QuickRight foot back. 
6QuickReplace weight to left foot.Up to 1/4 turn to left between 4-6. 
1-3 Rumba Box>> Alternative Basic
Rumba Box>>4-6 Alternative Basic
Alternative Basic>> Alternative Basic
Side Breaks>>2-6 Alternative Basic
1-4 Side Breaks>>5-6 Alternative Basic
1-6 Side Breaks>> Alternative Basic
Cuban Walks Forward>>4-6 Alternative Basic
1-4 Cuban Walks Forward>>2-3 Alternative Basicto be followed by Backward Cuban Walks
1-4 Cuban Walks Forward>>2-6 Alternative Basic
Alternative Basic>>4-6 Rumba Box
1-3 Alternative Basic>> Rumba Box
Alternative Basic>> Alternative Basic
Alternative Basic>> Side Breaks
1-3 Alternative Basic>>4-7 Side Breaks
1-3 Alternative Basic>> Cuban Walks Forward
Alternative Basic>>4-6 Cuban Walks Forward
Alternative Basic>> Cuban Walks Backward
1-3 Alternative Basic>>4-6 Cuban Walks Backward
1-3 Alternative Basic>> Promenade Walks
Step 1 Alternative Basic>>5-6 Promenade Walks
1-4 Alternative Basic>> Counter-Promenade Walks
Alternative Basic>> Counter-Promenade Walks
Alternative Basic>> Open Break & Underarm Turn
1-3 Alternative Basic>> 8-Count Underarm Turn
Alternative Basic>>4-12 8-Count Underarm Turn
Alternative Basic>> Crossover Breaks Forward
1-3 Alternative Basic>>4-6 Crossover Breaks ForwardReleasing to open position over steps 1-3 of Alternative Basic
Alternative Basic>> Crossover Back BreaksReleasing to open position over steps 1-6 of Alternative Basic
1-3 Alternative Basic>>4-6 Crossover Back Breaks
Alternative Basic>> Crossover TurnsUsing LH-RH hold to lead first Crossover Turn
1-3 Alternative Basic>>4-6 Crossover Turns
Alternative Basic>> Fifth Position Breaks
1-3 Alternative Basic>>4-6 Continuous Fifth Position BreaksMan releasing LH-RH hold and placing left hand on lady's back over 103 Alternative Basic
Alternative Basic>> Fifth Position Break to Box
Alternative Basic>>4-9 Cross-Body Lead
Alternative Basic>> Alternative Cross-Body Lead
1-3 Alternative Basic>> Forward Cuban Rocks
Alternative Basic>>4-6 Forward Cuban Rocks
Alternative Basic>> Backward Cuban Rocks
1-3 Alternative Basic>>4-6 Backward Cuban Rocks
Alternative Basic>> Offset Breaks
1-3 Alternative Basic>>4-6 Offset Breaks


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