Afro-Cuban Rumba !
Cuban Rumba !
Other Cuban Dances
More Dances from Cuba
Cuban Rumba is as far from the ballroom version as it is possible to be, Its roots are the dances and rhythms of African homelands of Cuba's slaves. However Rumba did not exist in Africa and only lately has it moving there but not quite in the same form as the Afro-Cuban Rumba that we all know from Cuba.
There are three main dances.
Yambu danced as a couple to a strong but slow clave beat the man is old and the woman flirtatious.
Guaguanco again danced as a couple but this time the man is virile. The clave if faster and the dance tells the story of mans and woman's interest and sometimes disinterest in each other, with the man wanting to vacunao the woman (guess no prizes!) and the woman avoiding the sexual advance.
Columbia the clave changes form and the speed again increases. This is for men only. The men try to impress the women and out do the other male dancers with their dancing skill, balance and even fitness. The only place in the world it's danced is in Cuba. You will find it as a part of any traditional street or family party. Why not make its yours ???
I will list a few great Rumba tracks when I have time , soooooon
The Clave plays an important part of the music and form of the Clave changes depending which Rumba is being danced.
Singing is also present and the Rumba should not start until the singer has sung the introduction.
Don't forget- The stagger of the old man in the Yambu. The vacunao from the Guaguanco or the quick movements of the Columbia Rumba can all be put into Cuban Salsa. There are a few Salsa tracks where the strong Rumba Clave almost begs you to put them in..