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Pierre and Lavelle introduced the
true "Cuban Rumba Dance Style" which was at last established
after long argument, as the official recognized version in
The "rumba influence"
came in the 16th century with the black slaves
brought in from Africa. The native Rumba folk dance
is fundamentally a sex pantomime danced enormously fast with
exaggerated hip movements and with a sensually
belligerent attitude on the part of the man and a defensive
attitude on the part of the woman. The music is played
with a staccato beat in keeping with the energetic expressive
movements of the dancers. Accompanying instruments
comprise the maracas, the claves, the marimbola,
and the drums.
of the Word Rumba:
The word Rumba
is a generic word, covering a range of names (i.e., Son, Danzon,
Guagira, Guaracha, Naningo), for a kind of West Indian
music or dancing. The accurate meaning varies from
island to island.
Sources- There are two main sources of the
dances: first one Spanish and the other African.
Though the main growth was in Cuba,
there were alike dance developments which took place
in other Caribbean islands and in Latin America usually.
In Europe, the preface of
Latin American dancing Rumba in particular owed much to the eagerness and interpretive ability
of Monsieur Pierre, a leading London teacher. In 1930's
with his partner by name Doris Lavelle, he demonstrated and
made Latin American dancing popular in London.
Rumba is the strength and
soul of Latin American music and dance. The charming rhythms and bodily expressions make the Rumba one of the most trendy and well-known ballroom dances.