Thanks to Cosmo Zheng for writing this.
Introduction: A silver level move for Rumba
Frame: Latin Count: 4-and 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
Related Figures: Spiral
Leaders and Followers: Different steps


Instructions (Leader's Perspective)

Beginning with an Alemana ending on 4 (you should be slightly offset with the lady to your R):

  1. 4-1: Transfer weight forward and lead the lady through a R spiral
  2. 2-3-4: Cucaracha out to the L, closing L to R again on 4
  3. 1-2-3-4: Check back on R and end in basic position with weight over L foot


Instructions (Follower's Perspective)

Beginning with an Alemana ending on 4 (you should be slightly offset with the man to your R)

  1. 4-1: R spiral (360 degrees)
  2. 2: Rumba walk forward on R, and outside pivot 90 degrees to the R on 2-and
  3. 3, 4-1: Rumba walks forward on L, R
  4. 1-and: Outside pivot 90-135 degrees to the R
  5. 2, 3: Rumba walks forward on L, R
  6. 3-and, 4: Outside pivot to the R, ending in basic position with weight over R foot


Tips and Tricks
  • Leaders: Feel free to shape in order to help the lady do her spiral, but as always, maintain your center of gravity and strive to be the frame of the couple, rather than the decoration.
  • Followers: When doing your walks around the man, for obvious reasons you should stay reasonably close to him. The range of your connection should be compact, while you are welcome to style / create space with your free arm.
  • For both roles: On the outside pivot steps (2-and, 1-and, 3-and), you should feel a tension and a pull connection between you and your partner -- this will help the follower perform her pivot steps with more sharpness and clarity.
  • From the Alemana, some followers immediately expect the natural opening out to come next, so they try to close frame with their partner too soon. Don't do this! If the leader wants to go into frame, it is up to him to give you the signal. As the follower, it is up to you to be receptive to the possibilities, whether he leads an opening out, a rope spin, or something...else.


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