Rumba Encounters

Edited by Juliet Mcmains

in Making Caribbean Dance

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034676
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813046303 | DOI:
Rumba Encounters

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Juliet McMains explores the very different worlds of International style ballroom rumba and Cuban folkloric rumba, which includes the partnered dances yambú and guaguancó and the competitive dance columbia. She goes to Havana to find the origins of ballroom rumba in Cuba, where the dance partners Pierre and Lavelle studied before establishing an accepted international ballroom rumba in England in the 1950s. McMains' research becomes a kind of detective story in which she seeks to find out what Doris Lavelle and Pierre actually learned in Cuba and to find some connection between ballroom rumba and the very different neo-African creole Cuban rumbas.

Keywords: Juliet McMains; rumba; International style ballroom rumba; Cuban folkloric rumba; yambú; guaguancó; columbia; Havana; Pierre and Lavelle; Doris Lavelle

Chapter.  4161 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dance

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