Two professional dancers beautifully demonstrate the rumba and conga while actors humorously display some incorrect techniques for those dances.



(screenplay) (as E. Maurice Adler), (book)


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Complete credited cast:
Pete Smith ...
Himself - Narrator (voice)
Madeline Pollard ...
Herself - Dancer (as Pollard and Alvarez)
Mickey Alvarez ...
Himself - Dancer (as Pollard and Alvarez)


Using Arthur Murray's teaching techniques, Pete Smith's narration, and demonstrations by Pollard and Alvarez, we get a detailed lesson in the rumba and a quick lesson in the conga. Interspersed with useful illustrations are comic ones of dancers making errors. The rumba lesson consists of how to stand, head, hip, and knee action, the box step and the box turn, the walking step, various under the hand turns, and the drag step. The conga demonstration includes various couples from cultures around the world (Scots, Eskimo, Russians, Swiss, and others) dancing the conga. Cuban music plays throughout. Written by <>

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Short | Comedy | Music






Release Date:

14 June 1941 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Some nice Latin rhythms and dance demonstrations...
6 June 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

POLLARD AND ALVAREZ give some demonstrations on how to become a good dancer, while at the same time we're treated to some bad examples of people doing the Rhumba and the Conga.

Pollard and Alvarez are a dignified Latin dance duo who demonstrate the knee action, the side step, basic box step, walking step and hand turn which can all be executed while doing the Rhumba.

Liveliest part of this short musical is the latter section devoted to the Conga rhythms, a native Cuban dance which is first demonstrated as a dance for two and then the traditional Conga line.

A Latin orchestra does a nice job on all the pulsating music while the dancing goes on.

Summing up: A lively and amusing short on Latin rhythm that takes time to demonstrate a few intricate steps.

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