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Samba

Author:
Dance History
Date Published:
February 4, 2004

Samba

Samba originates from Brazil where it is a national dance. Many versions of the Samba -from Baion (pronounce: Bajao) to Marcha- are danced at the local carnaval in Rio. To achieve the true character of the Samba a dancer must give it a gay, flirtatious and exuberant interpretation. Many figures, used in the Samba today, require a pelvic tilt action. This action is difficult to accomplish, but without it the dance loses much of its effect.

Before 1914 it was known under a Brazilian name "Maxixe" . The first attempts of introducing samba to European ballrooms are dated 1923-24, but it was after the World War II when samba became a popular dance in Europe.

Samba has a very specific rhytm, highlighted to its best by characteristic Brazilian musical instruments: originally called tamborim, chocalho, reco-reco and cabaca.

Syllabus:

Bronze

Alternative basic: natural & reverse
Basic movement: natural and reverse
Bota fogos to PP and CPP
Lady's spot volta
Outside basic
Progressive basic
Reverse turn
Rhythm bounce
Samba walks in PP
Side basic
Travelling bota fogos: forward & backward
Voltas to R & L
Whisks
Silver

Argentine crosses
Closed rocks
Shadow bota fogos
Side samba walk
Volta movements (Criss cross, Maypole, spot volta)
Gold

Back rocks
Contra bota fogos
Cruzado walks in shadow position
Foot changes
Natural roll
Open rocks
Plait
Promenade & counter promenade runs
Rolling off the arm
Stationary samba walks
Travelling locks in open CPP
Volta movements (Closed volta, Traveling and circular voltas in R shadow position, Roundabout)