Many times I'm asked, what is my favorite dance. I'm reluctant to say because I really have a fondness for them all. If someone would chain me up and make me tell, it would have to be the rumba. A slow, sensual, love passion lead by the gentleman, followed by a teasing flirtation of the lady. Rumba is extremely moving when well danced with it's two long drawn out "slows" a quick and then a lightening-speed turn with a stop and hold the stillness of the next beat until you can't squeeze another second out of it.
Rumba is in both the American and International Latin division with the American rumba being a little faster. American rhythm being 32 to 36 bars per minute while International is 42 - 44.
Rumba is often thought of as the Grandfather of the Latin Dances and it's strong intensity you will long remember when you watch it performed at a high competition level.