Why is this step called Parallel Rocks? As the leader rocks forward and the follower rocks back their feet and shoulders are staying in a parallel position to one another.
This rumba step pattern is a combination of elements we have learnt previously in our beginner rumba;
- Back Rocks
- Walk Around Turns
The follower is now adding a forward rocking action known as a Cross Over. Both the leaders and followers will be using the Cross Overs in Level 2 Rumba so it’s a good idea to both learn them now 🙂 It will save some learning time in the future!
*** Remember to use those Rumba Neutrals in any ‘rocking actions’ See video below
The Leader’s Steps
In this video we are referring to the leader’s steps when we describe the gentlemen’s steps.
Once you have the footwork correct, start focusing on your frame. This rumba step is a major culprit for ‘melting frame’. Keep your elbows lifted and extended out from the sides of your body as if you are hugging a big beach ball. This will make the step feel better and become easier to lead/follow.
The Follower’s Steps
In this video we are referring to the follower’s steps when we describe the lady’s steps.
When following this step pattern keep your frame intact like you are hugging a beach ball. You will recieve the lead for this step much earlier and more easily without the leader feeling like they are having to lift you into place.
Pro Tip: Weight placement for both leaders and followers must be forward during rocking actions.