Multi-award-winning USA Dance Amateur DanceSport competitors, Setsuko Tsuchiya and Daniel S. Janik will be teaching a dance class in "Newcomer American Rumba/International Waltz" for International Ballroom Dance Inc for seven weeks beginning 24 September 2018. It's just the right class for social and keen amateur dancers to "get on the floors" of a variety of dance venues in and around Honolulu. This is an introductory course in smooth/international ballroom and rhythm/Latin dancing. Here's some class resources:

Who It's For:
- beginning social dancers and social dancers who might sometime be interested in keen amateur or competitive ballroom and latin dancing

What We'll Be Teaching:
- the essential basics of Pre-Bronze Level American-Style Cuban Rumba* 
     - BASIC BOX STEP (which you can use on large or small dance floors);
     - RIGHT UNDERARM TURN (to add variety);
     - SIDE BREAKS (to add style);
     - FIFTH-POSITION BREAKS (to add sassiness);
     - ALTERNATIVE BASIC (to introduce the International-style of Rumba); and
-  the essential basics of Pre-Bronze Level International-Style Waltz**
     - BASIC BOX STEP (again, which you can use on large or small dance floors);
     - PROGRESSIVE BASIC (so you can progress along the dance floor with others)
     - BALANCE STEP (for emergency traffic control).

* based on USISTD American Rhythm and International Latin-American syllabi.
** based on USISTD International Standard syllabus. 

Why We Think This Is A Particularly Good Introductory Dance Course:
- the American-Style Rumba BOX STEP and the International-Style Waltz BOX STEP are quite similar; learn one/learn both;
- the American-Style Rumba can be danced in three different tempos, including the contemporary "salsa" tempo;
- the American-Style Rumba ALTERNATIVE BASIC is a great introduction to International-Style Latin/American Rumba;
- when completed, students should acquire a foundation for American-Style Smooth and Rhythm dancing as well as International-Style Standard and Latin-American dancing; and
- using the basics presented in this course, go dancing!

General Structure of the Lessons:
- warm-up exercise useful to social, keen amateur, performance and competitive dancers alike;
- introduction of figures, beginning with American Rumba segueing into International Waltz over the seven weeks;
- practice time
     - dance as couples under the watchful eyes of both male and female instructor;
     - dance individually with a male or female instructor;
     - dance with partner; meet new partner


"Master's Moment" before closing, introducing key techniques for better dancing such as better
     - Rumba
          - posture and frame
          - Cuban motion/"merengue" action
          - connection and movement
     - Waltz
          - posture and frame;
          - connection
          - advanced timing and movement

Special Resources
Music (we will emphasize American son/rumba and International slow waltz)
     - Historical American "Cuban" Rumba https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son_cubano
          - early "Cuban Rumba" Music
          -bolero (slower at 24-26 bpm); 
              (music) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nERhCpm5llQ
              (dancing) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMefIe8TDyY
          - son/American rumba (25-27 bpm);
              (music) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f67Tp0xYB9Y
          - guaracha/mambo/salsa (faster at 47-51 bpm)
              (dancing) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVczWZir0po
     - Historical International Waltz
          - slow waltz (28-30 bpm)
           (medieval waltz music) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJumvQvAr2s
          - German-American waltz (30-36 bpm)
                early German (music) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yusNd7YzAYU
                 early German (dance) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkRdacTu3iY
          - Viennese (58-60 bpm)
                (music) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaxTRX9oAV4
                (dance) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2bj-6Z3rHE
               
Contemporary Professional American Rhythm Rumba (Emmanuel Pierre Antoine And Liana Churilova)

Contemporary Professional International Standard Waltz (Andrew Sinkinson & Charlotte Jorgensen)

suggested tempos per USA Dancesport Rulebook

- Practice Music
     - "Non-Stop Rumba Music" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJD43qUI_n0
     - "Rumba Music Mix #5" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr2XK0LtUTQ (also #1-9)

Basic Foot Positions in Ballet as defined in 1725 by dancing master Pierre Rameau 

You-Tube Reviews
     - Rumba (select American and International videos with which to review and practice)
          - Basic Rumba (Side Steps)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1tDen1HScw
          - Crossover ("New Yorker"/Fourth Position) Breaks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IC635StShaM
          - Fifth-Position Breaks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mk0c5AUlNSA
          - Basic Pre-Broze Routine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRyHGXdVoNY
          - American verses International-style https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3h2xqX4KOwk
          [Alternative Basic (International Style Basic) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmNm_OAnmdk]

     - Waltz (select International-style videos with which to review and practice)
          - Box Step with Rotation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8PIcO4_S5Q
          - Progressive (using Change Steps)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdStVuh56sY
          - Balance Steps https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Box5mIkBi8

- Similarities in Step
          - American Rumba Box Step and International Waltz Box Step
          - American Rumba Side Step and International Waltz Change Step
          - American Rumba Progression and International Waltz Progression

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