Monday, August 27, 2018


Fortunately, in West Oahu we have some of the best Rumba dancers in Hawaii. Of course we have been blessed by having some of the best teachers of the American Style Rumba in the Pacific. The dances of the natives of Latin America put emphasis on the movement of the dancer’s body and not the feet. The rumba tune was considered to be less significant than the intricate cross rhythms offered by a striking of bottles, spoons and pots and in the 20th century, card board boxes.

“Dance to inspire, dance to freedom, life is about experiences
so dance and let yourself become free.”

The music mixed very slowly with the European more than the African. The term ‘rumbo’ connotes ‘route’ in Spanish while the term ‘rumba’ connotes ‘heap pile’. Since there were so many styles, "por ese rumbo" meant "somewhat like that." So all the similar dances acquired the name Rumbo or Rumba, which later, because of its low class, remained Rumba. Meanwhile the dance itself was also changing among the Indians, with little influence from the Europeans or the Blacks.

"The Power Of Love" by CĂ©line Dion  (1994)

And it mostly changed when the mestizos (mixed) began to move to the cities and towns. In a short while the mestizos were the biggest group in the towns and cities. The history of Rumba dance was initiated in the U.S.A in the early 1930’s as a fusion of the rural rumba with Cuban Bolero, Guaracha and the Son. George Raft popularized the rumba dance in the year 1935. This he did by playing a part in the ‘Rumba’ movie where he is featured as a suave dancer that won an heiress’s heart through dancing.

"It requires less character to discover the faults of others
than it does to tolerate them."