Improving balance and control
For the most part, Cuban motion is proper hip movement. It is what the body does naturally when you need to shift weight from one leg to the other and maintain balance and control. Correct Cuban Motion is essential to maintain balance, keep timing, and improve your leading and following ability. Many mistake it for an advanced concept in dancing. However, it is one of the first things you’ll learn and the last you may master not because it a difficult movement but because it is different from normal movement. It is just the opposite of what we usually do when walking.
Make the right moves
When you walk, you step heel first with a straight leg. However, in Cuban Motion you step ball first on a bent leg. The movement comes from an alternate bending and straightening of the knees. With a straight leg the hip moves diagonally back and up due to the difference in height created by bending one leg and straightening the other leg. In Latin ballroom dancing, the Cuban Motion is executed by rolling the hip back on a stretched leg.