Rumba is a dance of love, romance and passion. Knowing it is essential to be able to learn easier the other ballroom dances. Elegant and attractive, this dance style offers a variety of steps and manages to bestow on its dancers confidence and accuracy in movements.

Although the history of this dance style is full of myths and contradictions, it seems that the roots of Rumba date back to the 16th century when the slaves brought from Africa to Cuba introduced into the local culture many sexual-aggressive moves.

The original moves of this dance style arose many controversies and scandalized the middle classes and the most conservative ones in Cuba. For this reason, a more refined and slower form appeared, known as ‘Son’.

The moves of the dance style ‘Son’ reached the United States at the beginning of the 1900’ and very soon they became known as American Rumba. Until the beginning of the 1930’, Rumba has become one of the most popular dance styles and reached its climax with the radio hit ‘The Peanut Vendor’.

After the movie ‘Rumba’ was launched in 1935, starring George Raft and Carol Lombard, the dance style with the same name remained impregnated in the American pop culture


The dance of love, romance and passion

Songs adequate for Rumba

  • ‘Bella Maria de mi alma’ – Mambo Kings soundtrack
  • ‘Wonderful Tonight’ – Eric Clapton
  • ‘Falling into you’ – Celine Dion
  • ‘Let’s stay together’ – Al Green
  • ‘When you say nothing at all’ – Alison Krause

Rumba in movies

  • ‘Flying down to Rio’ – 1933
  • ‘Rumba’ – 1935
  • ‘Dance with me’ – 1998
  • ‘Shall we dance’ – (Original Japanese film, 1996; U.S remake, 2004)
  • ‘Marilyn Hotchkiss’ – Ballroom Dancing & Charm
  • ‘School’ – 2005
  • ‘Rumba’ – 2008