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Basic Movements

Samba Basic Movements

The Samba Basic Movements is Newcomer Level figure. This online reference gives a detailed description of the dance steps, including timing, and movement, technique; a list of figures that may precede or follow the pattern; and videos providing instruction and demonstration of the figure, techniques and practice routines that include it.

Samba Natural Basic Movement

Leader

Step Timing Movement
Alignment Turn
 Footwork Notes
1
1
RF fwd
According to previous figures.
No turn or up to 1/4 to R over 1-6
BF
See Samba Technique for detailed description of bounce action and foot movement rhythm.

Trailing LF: IE, roll ankle down.
2
a
Close LF to RF w/o weight
 
 B (pressure)

3
2
take minimal weight to LF and replace weight to RF
 
 BF
4
1
LF back
 
 BF front leg looks straight at this moment.
5
a
Close RF to LF w/o weight
 
 B (pressure)

6
2
Take minimal weight to RF and replace weight to LF
 
 BF

Follower

Step Timing Movement
Alignment Turn
 Footwork Notes
1
1
LF back
According to previous figures. No turn or up to 1/4 to R over 1-6
BF
Same as Man's.

See Samba Technique for detailed description of bounce action and foot movement rhythm.
2
a
Close RF to LF w/o weight
 
 B (pressure)
No weight on RF, 3rd position. Weight should still on LF.
3
2
Take minimal weight to RF and replace weight to LF
 
 BF
4
1
RF fwd
 
 BF Bend both knees as weight transfer to front RF, removing spacing underneath the body.
5
a
Close LF to RF w/o weight
 
 B (pressure)
"Pressure" step.LF is at instep of RF.
6
2
Take minimal weight to LF and replace weight to RF
 
 BF

  • When used as a Precede to Traveling Bota Fogos Forward, start Natural Basic Movement facing LOD and turn 1/8 L over 2 and 3. 4-6 are then danced with Lady outside.
  • When used as a Follow to Traveling Bota Fogos Forward, the first step is outside partner. Turn 1/8 R over 2 and 3 to face partner.
  • Precedes: any figure ending facing partner with weight  on LF.
  • Follows: any figure commenced with RF.
Variation: use minimal bounce and use  4 steps as below. Lady does opposite. (Similar for Reverse Basic, Side Basic and Progressive Basic.)

Step Timing Movement
 Footwork Notes
1
1
RF fwd
BF

2
2
Close LF to RF with pressure , but without weight
BF

3
1
LF back
BF

4
2
Closed RF to LF with pressure but without weight
BF


Samba Reverse Basic Movement

  • Same as Natural basic, except that Man stepping forward with LF first, Lady stepping RF back first. No turn or up to 1/4 turn to L.
  • Alignment: per previous figures.

Samba Side Basic Movement

  • This may be danced in place of the Natural or Reverse Basic taking the first step to side. All others are the same.
  • When taking side step to R side, frame to right, R knee bent, but leaving L hip to L side till the next "and", really stretch the body long without tilting shoulder; roll the hip to R (close-wise). 2 rounds ending stepping to L.
  • When stepping to side, the free foot position is important: roll the foot down, IE of foot touch floor, not ball of foot.
  • Similarly, when taking step to L side, leave R hip to right till the next "and", roll the hip to L (counter clock-wise).

Samba Progressive Basic Movement

  • Man: 1-3 step of natural basic (RF fwd), followed by 4-6 of side basic to L.
  • Lady: 1-3 step of natural basic (LF back), followed by 4-6 of side basic to R (During side basic, optionally, Lady can turn her head to left, toward LF.)
  • Alignment: DW, no turn.