The Rumba mostly evolved in Cuba in the 16th century. Versions of this dance were to be seen on other Caribbean islands and in Latin America generally. In the late 1920′s, such band leaders as Xavier Cugat introduced the Rumba in the United States. In the 1930′s this dance became popular in London. The Rumba is built around the famous “Cuban Box,” and features “Cuban Motion.”
The Rumba is danced in 4/4 timing, the music has 4 even beats with the accent on the first beat of the bar. Slow sensual melodies are used, often with vocals. Using “Cuban Motion,” this dance should display a sensuous movement of the hips and a sense of flirtation between the man and lady. The various rhythms and body expressions make this a very popular dance to watch and to participate in.