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Cruzados Walks and Locks

Samba Cruzados Walks and Locks

The Samba Cruzados Walks and Locks is a Gold 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.

The figures are danced in Right Shadow Position, Man and Lady using the same foot.

Cruzados Walks 

Leader and Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Turn
 Footwork Notes
1
a Using pressure through ball of LF release L heel and start to straighten knees, moving RF fwd on toe until it is level with LF, at the same time moving pelvis slightly fwd.


2
S Continue to straighten knees moving RF fwd on ball of foot, arriving at top of the bounce with R heel lightly in contact with floor. Weight central, both legs straight but not braced.


3
& Transfer weight fwd to RF flexing knee, arriving at the lowest point of the bounce. Allow the back foot and leg to turn out, completing a rotational hip movement. Return pelvis to normal position. Retain tone in back leg with pressure on inside edge of toe.

Repeat with LF.

Note: Two or four Cruzados Walks may precede or follow Cruzados Locks.

Cruzados Locks

The foot positions and timing are the same as Samba Locks although the font toe is not turned out. There is no turn and they may start with either foot.

The Cruzados action on the Locks:

Step Timing Movement 
Turn
 Footwork Notes
1
a Using pressure through ball of LF release L heel and start to straighten knees, moving RF fwd on toe until it is level with LF, at the same time moving pelvis slightly fwd.


2
Q Continue to straighten knees moving RF fwd on ball of foot, arriving at top of the bounce with R heel lightly in contact with floor. Weight central, both legs straight but not braced.


3
Q Transfer weight fwd to RF flexing knee, at the same time placing LF behind RF (Cuban Cross) arriving at lowest point of the bounce


4 S Using pressure through ball of LF start to straighten knees and move RF slightly fwd on ball of foot, arriving at the top of the bounce with R heel lightly in contact with floor. Weight central, both legs straight but not braced.


5 & Transfer weight fwd to RF flexing knee, arriving at the lowest point of the bounce. Allow the back foot and leg to turn out, completing a rotational hip movement. Return pelvis to normal position. Retain tone in back leg with pressure on inside edge of toe.

Repeat starting with LF.

Notes:
  • Hold may be released, adjusting to Right Side Position.
  • Cruzados Walks and Locks are normally danced facing LOD from a Foot Change to R Shadow Position (Foot Change # 1 or 8) or any figure that may be danced in R Shadow Position.