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Rumba Dance Lessons

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 Ballroom Lesson in Sydney CBD: 02 8320 4030

Crows Nest
Monday to Friday – 2:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday – 10:00am – 2:00pm
Book a Ballroom Lesson in Crows Nest: 02 8320 4033

Bondi Junction
Monday to Friday – 2:00pm – 10:00pm
Book a Ballroom Lesson at Bondi Junction: 02 8320 4036

Monday to Friday – 1:30pm – 10:00pm
Saturday – 9:00am – 2:00pm
Book a Ballroom Lesson at Parramatta: (02) 02 8320 4039

Both my wife and I are extremely happy learning ballroom dancing at Crows Nest Arthur Murray Studio. We have found the dancing instructors to be professional, knowledgeable, friendly and supportive. We are more than happy to continue enjoying our dancing experience and social activities with all the other students. We feel like part of a large joyous dancing family.John & Marilynread more
John Chung
John Chung
11:16 14 Feb 17
We were interested in learning Tango for our daughter's wedding last year, but here we are in our second year at AM, Crows Nest - dancing has now become our passion, due in large part, to the excellence of teaching and supportive atmosphere of this studio! The journey is long and I so envy the folks who have started years ago to achieve the beauty and grace of ballroom and the seduction of Latin dancing. We are determined to continue !!!read more
Ayshe Talay-Ongan
Ayshe Talay-Ongan
23:35 06 Feb 17
We started dancing in 2009 for our wedding - and had so much fun learning that we kept it up. They have incredible flexibility to do as much as you want, on your schedule, and consist of staff that appreciate busy working (and family!) lives --- while encouraging you to always improve yourselves! As a couple learning they have accommodated both our learning styles very more
Heidi Kuglin Justin Beck
Heidi Kuglin Justin Beck
08:48 04 Feb 17
I walked through the doors at Arthur Murray Crows Nest over 10 years ago having never danced a day in my life… I was looking for something fun to do outside of work and I’ve been there ever since!! There are local and overseas competitions, social nights and lots of glamorous events throughout the year to keep you busy. It’s fun, challenging, incredibly rewarding and you have an absolute blast along the way!!read more
Amy Hendry
Amy Hendry
02:29 31 Jan 17
I have loved dance all of my life but the Arthur Murray Crows Nest experience has taken my love and learning to another level. I have been dancing here for 14 years and will continue until my body gives up. My lessons are so much fun, challenging in a good way and a great form of exercise. Add to that the social side, great people, parties, outings, local and overseas competitions and you have the ultimate more
Janet Black
Janet Black
02:19 27 Jan 17