Today, after much research, development and international agreement, there are five recognized "Latin" dances - the Samba, Rumba, and Cha Cha (from Latin America), the Paso Doble (from Europe), and the Jive (from North America).
Any ballroom dance pedagogy is going to benefit from a structured lesson plan, and usually the package plans from studios such as Arthur Murray or Fred Astaire will have a more disciplined approach to helping you learn rumba.
While flamenco dance itself has never reached the level of popularity of other Latin dances such as salsa or rumba, flamenco dancers have enjoyed the respect and adoration of millions over the years.
The original, native Rumba is extremely sexual, as it is danced very quickly with strong hip movements and a sexually aggressive persona for the man and a defensive nature for the woman.
In 1955, the "true Cuban Rumba" was established and recognized as the authentic version of the dance, and it continues to live on today in clubs, competitions, and social dance studios.
It was introduced to the States in 1913, but didn't really take off until a decade later when a band leader brought in some professional Rumba musicians and dancers to New York.
Coming far from its roots in Cuban popular music, the rumba has secured its place not only in the halls of dance competitions but also on the on the TVs of millions of viewers.
There are many, many different flourishes and special moves that can be added to the Rumba, such as Cuban walk, fifth position breaks, even a simple under-arm turn.
Some popular ballroom dances are the waltz, foxtrot, mambo, and rumba, and you'll want to research the specifics of your dance before you shop for the skirt.
Margolie was on a dance treasure hunt of sorts, trying to track down a version of mambo or rumba that had a quick triple step instead of the slow two-beat step.