Bounding Unicorns

Rumba - International Latin

Timing

1-2-3-4, (4) and (1) counts are taken by the slow step.

IL rumba is very similar to cha cha in both timing and the basic step, which is the progressive basic rather than the box.

Basic

Leader's steps, from closed:

RF right    (4)

LF forward  (2)
rock RF     (3)
LF left     (4)

RF back     (2)
rock LF     (3)

Forward Crossovers

Leader's steps, from closed:

RF right                            (4)
    & LH scoop

LF right of RF pointing right       (2)
    & rotate R 90° & open
rock RF & rotate L 90°              (3)
LF left                             (4)
    & RH scoop

RF left of LF pointing left         (2)
    & rotate L 90° & open
rock LF                             (3)
RF right                            (4)

Lead for forward crossovers is inside hand moving toward the direction in which partners open to lead follower's rotation.

Arm Styling

For the leader: outside arm stretched out away from follower. Hand on shoulder level. Hand should not be behind shoulders - arm should not be pointed back but strictly out sideways. Fingers together. Palm down.

For the leader: outside arm stretched out away from leader. Hand on shoulder level or higher up to 45°. Palm down/back. Middle finger down, 2nd, 4th & 5th fingers up slightly.

Back Crossovers

Leader's steps, from closed:

RF right                                    (4)

RH maintain position & disconnect LH &
    rotate L 90° & LF back & open           (2)
rock RF & rotate R 90°                      (3)
LF left                                     (4)
    & RH push away lightly to disconnect

LH maintain position &
    rotate R 90° & RF back & open           (2)
rock LF & rotate L 90°                      (3)
RF right                                    (4)

The lead for back crossovers is body rotation while maintaining the closer hand in position which naturally pushes the other hand away and rotates the follower into the crossover. If needed the far hand can push away lightly to provide additional guidance to the follower.

Back Into Forward Crossover

The transition can have a high five on the far hand as follows:

RF right                                    (4)

RH maintain position & disconnect LH &
    rotate L 90° & LF back & open           (2)
rock RF & rotate R 90°                      (3)
LF left                                     (4)
    & LH high five & RH maintain connection

RF left of LF pointing left         (2)
    & rotate L 90° & open
rock LF                             (3)
RF right                            (4)