So you want to go on a cruise and try something new…like dancing! If your dance skills are a bit rusty, it’s time now to plan before your cruise departure and take some dance lessons. Here at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio Venice, we can prepare you to make the most of your cruise experience with your partner. Even if you are single, you can still get those dance lessons at home and then get connected to a dance host program that provides dance partners once on board. A couple companies to check out are the Gentlemen Host Program and Ballroom Dancing Without Partners. They provide pre-screened, skilled dancers for ships. The next step is to enroll in our Venice Dance Lessons for Cruises.
The Rumba: A Good Dance For Beginners
On your first private lesson, you’ll learn the basic elements on which all dance patterns are based. By the end of your first lesson you’ll be on your way to learning the Rumba, which will serve you well on the cruise ship!
Here’s a little history of the Rumba (or “ballroom-rumba”): It is one of the ballroom dances lends itself well to social dance, whether on a cruise ship or wedding. It is the slowest of the five competitive International Latin dances: the Paso Doble, the Samba, the Cha Cha, and the Jive being the others. This ballroom Rumba was derived from a Cuban rhythm and dance called the Bolero-Son; the international style was derived from studies of dance in Cuba in the pre-revolutionary period which was then popularized by the descendants of African slaves of Cuba. Its tantalizing rhythm first invaded the United Sates in the early 1930s, and has remained one of the most popular social dances. The Rumba is characterized by a smooth, subtle hip motion and a heavy walking step.
The Rumba is danced in place since the steps are quite compact. Although the Rumba is not danced with the same body contact that is used in smooth-style dances (for example, the Foxtrot), there may be times when partnership looks and feels more attractive when a closer contact is felt. A smooth and subtle movement of the hips is characteristic of the Rumba.
Watch the video below and visualize yourself and your partner dancing on board your next cruise!