To learn how to do basic cumbia dance steps, start with your feet together. Step back with your right foot and slightly pivot with your left. Bring your right foot back beside your left before pausing for one beat. Move your left foot back and do a cumbia dance step while pivoting your right foot. Step in place with your right foot. Bring your left foot back next to your right and pause for one beat. Twist your torso from side to side as you're performing the dance. Let your arms bend naturally the whole time, moving your hands in small circles around your midsection.