A clip of a typical Rumba British style from 1963

Read a little excerpt from Ballroom Icons and watch a great clip from Wally and Lorraine
Wally and Lorraine in a show

Excerpt from Ballroom Icons by Brigitt Mayer

The Latin dances reached Europe during and after WW II. Excerpt from BALLROOM ICONS: “England, beset with etiquette, tenets and rules of conduct, and the U.S., the land of freedom of expression, each developed completely different Latin dance styles between the late 1950s and 1960s… … …Hip movement in England was restricted…” Here three times World Professional Latin Champions Walter Laird and Lorraine Reynolds in a Rumba typical for the time in Europe.

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  1. In the late 40’s and early 50’s The place to go for latin was Pierre and Laval studios in London (Soho)… I remember them going on vacation to Cuba and coming back a few weeks later with the new rhumba. Instead of the ‘1and 2.3. beat they were teaching the .and 1.2.3. They said this was the new latin Rhumba. Called in Cuba “La Systema Cubana” The Cuban System.

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