Is there a dance that you just can’t quite find the right feeling for? You’re cheeky with the cha-cha, buddies with bolero, but you and rumba…well, you’re a little awkward together. Time to find some common ground.
To help you get in touch with your inner rumba Carolina Orlovsky-Telona, (3x World & US National Pro American Rhythm Vice-Champion), shares a practical tip for discovering how to better understand rumba expression–or any expression in any dance!
Quick Tip Tuesday
In this Quick Tip, Carolina explains that rumba expression comes from within, but picking up queues from the music is a good way to find that feeling.
If you’re searching for how to express yourself, try these tips from Carolina:
- Listen to several of your favorite rumbas (or whichever dance you want to characterize better)
- Connect the lyrics to your actions. Put weight into your dancing, inspired by the lyrics and rhythm you hear.
- Tell a story. Play a role. Think of the characterization of the dance, and put yourself into that scenario.
With practice and experimentation, you will find YOUR feeling and bring it to the floor.
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With her husband Erik, they are the founders of DanceSport Place and have a passion to help dancesport competitors reach their dancing goals.
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