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Rumba Dance

The Rumba Dance Style

A dance of love and sensuality, the Rumba has a slow and sultry beat, making it an ideal choice for beginners, or those interested in an introduction to Latin dancing. Suited to small or crowded dance areas, the Rumba has a focus on intimacy, precise footwork and Cuban Motion.

A favourite with wedding couples, the Rumba’s slow tempo makes it easier to learn unfamiliar footwork, body movements and spins at a comfortable pace and helps to build confidence on the dance floor.

At Arthur Murray we have Rumba lessons to suit every skill level, from beginners through to experienced dancers, and we offer lessons for couples and singles alike. Contact us today for your free lesson.

History of Rumba

Originating at the beginning of the Cuban and Latin American dance crazes, the original Rumba was much faster than the version danced today, and was considered scandalous by many of the conservative middle class Cubans because of its sexually suggestive nature.

The Rumba eventually evolved into the slow and sensual dance that we recognise today and became the basis for the Mambo and the Cha Cha. Although created as early as the 16th Century, it wasn’t until the 1930s that the Rumba reached mainstream popularity across the United States and in 1935 the film “Rumba”, starring Carole Lombard and George Raft was released, permanently etching the dance into American pop culture history.

Rumba Music

The romantic movement and sensual music that accompanies the Rumba was inspired by a fusion of African Rhythms and Spanish melodies. Rumba songs are typically in 4/4 time and around 120 BPM (Beats per Minute).

Here are our Top Ten favourite songs to Rumba to:

  1. Beautiful Maria of my Soul – Mambo Kings
  2. When You Say Nothing at All – Alison Krauss
  3. Power of Two – Indigo Girls
  4. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
  5. I Do – Paul Brandt
  6. Falling Into You – Celine Dion
  7. Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
  8. Innocent Man – Billy Joel
  9. Casi Un Bolero – Ricky Martin
  10. Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps – Strictly Ballroom Soundtrack

Take a listen and you’ll get a good feeling for the personality profile of the Rumba.

How to get Started Learning the Rumba

Slow and seductive, the Rumba is a great dance for beginners, or as a starting point for those interested in learning any of the Latin dances. At Arthur Murray we offer a range of options for people interested in learning more about this sultry and intimate dance style.

Whether you’re a couple or single, an absolute beginner or an experienced dancer, our custom lesson plans will help you achieve your goals and aspirations.

Our talented instructors welcome new dancers who wish to learn the Rumba. Simply book your free lesson to get started!

Rumba Sydney Classes

Are you looking for Rumba classes in Sydney? Join one of our classes, which we’ve been running successfully across Sydney since 1963. Our instructors are passionate, dedicated and ready to help you, no matter whether you’re a seasoned Rumba expert, or you’ve never danced a step in your life.

If you’re in Sydney and you’re interested in learning more about the Rumba, contact us today to claim your complimentary lesson:

Hours of Operation

Sydney CBD
Monday to Friday – 12:45pm – 10:00pm
Book a Rumba Lesson in Sydney CBD: (02) 9299 5000

Crows Nest
Monday to Friday – 2:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday – 10:00am – 2:00pm
Book a Rumba Lesson in Crows Nest: (02) 9439 2061 or Free Call 1800 069 986

Bondi Junction
Monday to Friday – 2:00pm – 10:00pm
Book a Rumba Lesson at Bondi Junction: (02) 9011 7304

Parramatta
Monday to Friday – 1:30pm – 10:00pm
Saturday – 9:00am – 2:00pm
Book a Rumba Lesson at Parramatta: (02) 8854-2557