Back Rocks with Open Walks & Snail Ending

We start this step pattern with the Back Rocks that we have already learnt earlier in Level 1 Rumba. Stop on the second rock so you are in an ‘open position, holding hands, more or less side by side (see video below for more details). We then Walk side by side for S, Qu, Qu, S before using the ‘hooking action’ from our snail to return to dance position.

Pro Tip: When dancing any Latin move containing a Back Rock remember your ‘Rumba Neutrals’ as explained in the video below.



Weight placement is also a key issue during any Latin dance move where a rocking action is taking place. Keep weight forward as Jam explains in the video below.



As this step has a ‘Snail Ending’ it is important to get that ‘hooking action’ correct. Below is a video with a little excercise to practise in order to perfect the move.



The Leader’s Steps

In this video we are referring to the leader’s steps when we describe the gentlemen’s steps.


The Follower’s Steps

In this video we are referring to the follower’s steps when we describe the lady’s steps.

Followers, as you are spending much of this step in an ‘open position’ you may want to start adding some arm styling options in. Here is a short video from Jam that should give you some ideas of what to do with your arms during your Open Walks.



Not sure what we mean by ‘Open Position’? This video will take you through the many different arm and body positions we use in our Latin, ballroom and swing dances.