ISTD International Latin - Samba Syllabus

  1. Basic Movements (Natural, Reverse, Side, Progressive)
  2. Whisks (also with Lady's underarm turn)
  3. Samba Walks (Promenade, Side, Stationary)
  4. Rhythm Bounce
  5. Volta Movements
  6. Travelling Bota Fogos Forward
  7. Criss Cross Bota Fogos (Shadow Bota Fogos)
  1. Travelling Bota Fogos Back
  2. Bota Fogos to Promenade and Counter Promenade
  3. Criss Cross Voltas
  4. Solo Spot Volta
  5. Foot Changes
  6. Shadow Travelling Volta
  7. Reverse Turn
  8. Corta Jaca
  9. Closed Rocks
  1. Open Rocks
  2. Back Rocks
  3. Plait
  4. Rolling off the Arm
  5. Argentine Crosses
  6. Maypole
  7. Shadow Circular Volta
  1. Contra Botafogos
  2. Roundabout
  3. Natural Roll
  4. Reverse Roll
  5. Promenade and Counter Promenade Runs
  6. Three Step Turn
  7. Samba Locks
  8. Cruzados Walks and Locks

Samba Choreography

Music Timing and Tempo

  • 2/4 (2 beats to a bar of music), accent on 1st beat of each bar with percussive accent on 2nd beat
  • Samba music is written in two bar phrases.
  • Tempo: 50 bars per minute
More about rhythms and methods of counting in Samba Technique.


See Samba Technique and general Latin technique.



Samba Lesson

Samba Lesson Part 2

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