Rumba in New Zealand


Rumba has two origins: Spanish as well as African. Rumba was first danced by African slaves as early as the 16th century. The Rumba folk dance had sexual connotations with the male having a sexually aggressive attitude and the female having a deffensive attitude. It gaining popularity in Latin America in the 1920s.


Like Salsa, Rumba music is played in 4/4 but the music is much slower at just over 100 bpm. Traditionally, Rumba is danced on the second beat with a pause on the first beat although American style Rumba is danced on the first beat. The forth beat is usually accentuated.


Rumba is primarily a sex pantomime. The hip movements are quite exaggerated, especially for the men. The men have a sexually aggressive attitude in the dance and the women have a sexually deffensive attitude. The women usually dance with a hankerchief in their hands which is washed in front of the body enticing the men, but when the men react the women quickly "cover up". Traditionally, the men "attack" with their hips by getting very close to the women, but some variations allow men to "attack" with other parts and from a distance!

Latinos NZ Popularity Scale: 3/10

Rumba is not a very popular dance in New Zealand's Latin clubs, primarily because Kiwis are fairly reserved on the dance floor. But, as more and more dancers learn the dance it is definitely becoming more popular!

Rumba is the dance of love and sex. So, do not be scared to have some fun!

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