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In this workshop, we take a couple of standard Bronze-level Rumba figures and show you how you can modify them to create more interesting options for your dancing.

First, we review the Closed Hip Twist, one of the most common Bronze figures, and commonly danced after a Natural Top. You can choose to simply change weight at the end of the figure instead of performing the Hip Twist on beat 1. This is referred to as the "Natural Opening Out Movement." That figure gives you the option of performing Cucarachas followed by a Lady's Underarm Turn/Switch Turn. The second variation takes the same Natural Opening Out Movement and changes the ending to lead into what's referred to as a Continuous Opening Out Movement. We conclude the workshop by going over a fun way to enter Fan position with a lady's delayed leg action. None of them are too challenging for social dancers and can freshen up your Rumba. Recorded during a Kinvillage Intermediate group class.

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George Pytlik

Author George Pytlik

Before turning pro, George achieved impressive results as an amateur competitor, holding the Senior (30+) Latin championship in BC, Canada for 7 consecutive years with his wife Wendy. The couple twice achieved a top-3 Canadian ranking in Senior Latin as well as a 3rd place Canadian ranking in 30+ Ten Dance. Today, George and Wendy are professional teachers with a vision of growing a strong dance community in Delta near Vancouver, BC.

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