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A background on Cumbia

Originating from Columbia in South American, Cumbia is a style of music that gained popularity in the mid 20th century and has remained one of the most cherished styles of music across the Carribean.

It began as a courtship dance amongst slaves, Cumbia evolved as new instruments were introduced by European traders.

Cumbia movements can reflect its origin in this era with movements that resemble harvesting sugarcane.

Instrument wise, the dance primarily focuses on drums, but modern renditions use electronic influences including techno to great acclaim.


About this Lesson

What you will learn in this video:

  • Forward and back
  • Rock forward and back (add hip)
  • Cumbia stomp and turn

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