Rumba is a slow, sensual and romantic Latin-American dance of Cuban origin.  The dance spotlights rhythmic body movements and hip actions, conveying scenes of flirtation and passion.  American-style Rumba uses the Cuban motion which requires bending and straightening of the knee to achieve the desired hip-swaying movement.  Basic rhythm is “slow, quick, quick”.  International-style Rumba uses the Latin motion which requires the dancer to step on to a straight leg and does not utilize the bending of the knee as in the Cuban motion.  Basic rhythm is “2, 3, 4-1”, where you move on 3 beats and hold on “1”.