Hila Hashemi Rumba

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Rumba

William Blanco May and Dance Partner Hila Hashemi dancing Rumba

Rumba

William Blanco May and Dance Partner Hila Hashemi practicing their Rumba routine. Rumba is one of the ballroom dances which occurs in social dance and in international competitions. In this sense, it is the slowest of the five competitive International Latin dances: the paso doble, the samba, the cha-cha and the jive being the others. This ballroom Rumba was derived from a Cuban rhythm and dance called the bolero-son; the international style was derived from studies of dance in Cuba in the pre-revolutionary period.

The ballroom Rumba derives its movements and music from the son, just as do the salsa and mambo. The Peanut Vendor was the first recording of Cuban music to become an international hit: it was incorrectly described on the label as a Rumba, perhaps because the word son would not be understood in English. The label stuck, and a Rumba craze developed through the 1930s. This kind of dance was introduced into dance salons in America and Europe in the 1930s, and was characterized by variable tempo, sometimes nearly twice as fast as the modern ballroom Rumba.

Rumba

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