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Criss Cross Voltas

Samba Criss Cross Voltas

The Samba Criss Cross Volta is a Bronze Level figure. This online reference gives a detailed description of the dance steps, including timing, footwork, alignment, and movement; steps diagram; 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.

Leader

Step Timing Movement
Turn
 Footwork Notes
1-7
1a2a3a4 Dance 2 bars of Traveling Voltas to R, curving to L behind lady's back. End in Open CPP LRLRLRL
1/4 to L over 1-7
As Volta
Raise L arm and gradually move it to L to lead lady to pass in front and to L side. Lower arm slightly over 4-7.
8-14
1a2a3a4 Dance 2 bars of Traveling Voltas to L, curving to R behind lady's back, to end facing her in Closed Position, RLRLRLR
3/8 to R over 8-14

Raise L arm tand gradually move it to R to lead Lady to pass in front. Lower arm slightly over 8-14 to return to normal position.

Follower

Step Timing Movement
Turn
 Footwork Notes
1-7
1a2a3a4 Dance 2 bars of Traveling Voltas to L, curving to R passing in front of Man. End in Open CPP, RLRLRLR 1/4 to R over 1-7
As Volta

8-14
1a2a3a4 Dance 2 bars of Traveling Voltas to R, curving to L passing in front of Man to end facing him in Closed Position. LRLRLRL 3/8 to L over 8-14


  • Start in Open Promenade Position. Use bounce action. L to R hand hold.
  • How to do criss cross at the end of step 7 'a4': (similar at end of step 14, if continuing with criss cross voltas)
    • '&': Lady: straighten both legs, commence to turn R
    • 'a': Lady: turn 1/4 R (instructor does 1/2 R)
    • '1' (step 8): Lady: cross RF in front of LF with weight.
  • Ending Position:
    • Closed Position: shown in chart above.
    • Open PP: 1/4 turn over 8-14.
    • Open CPP: having danced 1-7 of Criss Cross Voltas
    • R Side Position: having turned 1/8 R, lady 1/8 L, over 8-14, and take double hand hold as for Rolling off the Arm.
  • Alternatives: amount of turn is unchanged.
    • step 6 & 7 may be danced as 2 & 3 of a Bota Fogo (Man turning L and lady R).
    • step 13 & 14 may be danced as 2 & 3 of a Bota Fogo (Man turning R and Lady L)