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Samba

Ballroom Samba has its origins in Brazil (but differs significantly from the Brazilian Samba varieties). It has a lively 'festival' feel to it, with lots of fast leg movement and sideways steps, making it very popular in social dances.

Samba :: Sample Ballroom Samba

Samba is arguably Brazil's most famous export! It is fast and colourful and can be danced to most 2/4 and 4/4 time music. It has evolved into a Ballroom version (partnered) which includes movements from other forms of dances. It is danced on the ball of the feet with knees relaxed and slightly bent, and uses quick half-beat bounces (by bending and straightening the legs) while switching weight between the feet (e.g. 1-and-2, 1-and-2...).

Beginner Routine

Basic Step:

(1) Left foot forward;
(and) Right foot forward (closes with left, weight shifts to right foot);
(2) Replace weight (back) on Left foot;
(1) Right foot backward;
(and) Left foot backward (closes with right, weight shifts to left foot);
(2) Replace weight (back) on Right foot; (ready to repeat from the top)

Whisk:

All while facing forward:
(1) Left foot to the side;
(and) Right foot sweeps back behind left (knees bent, weight shifts to right foot);
(2) Replace weight (back) on Left foot;
(1) Right foot to the side;
(and) Left foot sweeps back behind right (knees bent, weight shifts to left foot);
(2) Replace weight (back) on Right foot; (ready to repeat from the top)

Samba Walk:

All while facing to the left:
(1) Left foot forward (hips swing forward slightly exaggerated);
(and) Right foot forward (closes with left, weight shifts to right foot, hips swing backward straightening knees);
(2) Replace weight (back) on Left foot;
(1) Right foot forward (hips swing forward slightly exaggerated);
(and) Left foot forward (closes with right, weight shifts to left foot, hips swing backward straightening knees);
(2) Replace weight (back) on Right foot; (ready to repeat from the top)

Samba Walk In A Circle:

With each step direction changes to the left (walks in a circle):
(1) (Change direction slightly left) Left foot forward (hips swing forward slightly exaggerated);
(and) Right foot forward (closes with left, weight shifts to right foot, hips swing backward straightening knees);
(2) Replace weight (back) on Left foot;
(1) (Change direction slightly left) Right foot forward (hips swing forward slightly exaggerated);
(and) Left foot forward (closes with right, weight shifts to left foot, hips swing backward straightening knees);
(2) Replace weight (back) on Right foot;
(1) (Change direction slightly left) Left foot forward (hips swing forward slightly exaggerated);
(and) Right foot forward (closes with left, weight shifts to right foot, hips swing backward straightening knees);
(2) Replace weight (back) on Left foot;
(1) (Change direction slightly left) Right foot forward (hips swing forward slightly exaggerated);
(and) Left foot forward (closes with right, weight shifts to left foot, hips swing backward straightening knees);
(2) Replace weight (back) on Right foot; (now facing front and ready to repeat from Basic Step)

Some Intermediate Steps

  • Whisk with Lady's underarm turn
  • Side Samba Walk
  • Volta moves
  • Bota Fogos
  • Criss-Cross Bota Fogos

 

Sample Samba Music