Music – Rhumba 4/4
Tempo – 44 measures of 4 beats per minute; 176 beats per minute
Pattern Timing – 1 =:15; 2 =:30; 3 =:45; 4 = 1:00
Duration – Test 3 = :45 Comp 4= 1:00
Pattern – Optional
The Rhumba, under the name “Son,” originated in the slave quarters of Cuban colonial plantations. The “Son” is quite different from the Rhumba ballroom dance known in the United States and other countries. In the “Son,” the couples dance separately, representing a primitive version of the battle of the sexes. Among ballroom dances the Rhumba is quite unique. The music has a seductive, primitive charm, and yet, when correctly danced, the Rhumba is as smooth and decorous as most other ballroom dances. The one distinctly different characteristic is the Rhumba motion which is essential for correct expression and interpretation.
Special attention should be given to the timing for this dance, especially to ensure that a full four-beat edge is skated on Step 13. A firm but not stiff Kilian position is necessary throughout this dance. Erect carriage, proper expression with smooth knee and body movements (not jerked) are required to properly portray the character of the Rhumba. It is important that the cross choctaws are skated as wide as possible (but not jumped) with the free foot crossed.
Inventor – Walter Gregory
First Performance – London, Westminster Ice Rink, 1938