Upgraded Underarm Turn

Prior Learning: Make sure you are 110% comfortable with the Slow Underarm Turn in beginner 1 rumba before moving on to this one.

Counting the steps out can be helpful. On step ‘7’ both the leaders and followers should be turning to look at each other, one foot pointed toward each other and ready to start returning to a dance position. The video below gives some information on the different arm positions and dance positions you should be familiar with in your ballroom and Latin dancing.



The Leader’s Steps

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

Try not to be overwhelemed by this step. It looks more difficult then it is.

Similar to when we learnt the Underarm Turn in Level 1 Rumba, it is best to practise this step without your partner as much as you can. Once you can do it without thinking you can add the partner element back in.


The Follower’s Steps

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

Followers, we are changing our footwork here to create a more natural and flowing version of the Underarm Turn. Previously we were walking in a continuous circle we are now going to change the shape of our pattern to look more like a shepherd’s crook… or a candy cane.

Your step will become more elongated as you walk straight past your leader on steps 4-7. On 7, turn to face your partner and start heading back into dance position.