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The Rumba was originally a marriage dance. Many of its movements
and actions, which seem to have an erotic meaning, are merely depiction
of simple farm tasks. The showing of the mare, the climbing of a rope,
the courtship of the rooster and the hen, etc.
It was done for amusement on the farms of Cuba. However, it became a popular ballroom dance and was introduced in the United States about 1933. It is in 4/4 time.
The characteristic feature is to take each step without initially placing the weight on that step. Steps are made with a slightly bent knee, which, when straightened, causes the hips to sway from side to side in what has come to be known as "Cuban Motion" or "Latin Styling