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Reverse Roll

Samba Reverse Roll

The Samba Reverse Roll 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.

This figure starts in Contact Position. No Bounce. The characteristics roll of the body is created from the waist.


Step Timing Movement 
 Footwork Notes
S LF Fwd
HF Prepare for roll by inclining body R on last 1/4 beat of previous step.
Body inclination on step 1 is fast and Man's L arm and Lady's R arm is lowered.
Q Fwd and to L
B Arms return to normal position over steps 2 and 3.
Q To L
4 S Back and to L
BF Arms raised again over steps 4-5.
5 Q Back
6 Q Back and to R


Step Timing Movement 
 Footwork Notes
S RF back
BF Prepare for roll by inclining body to L on last 1/4 beat of previous step. (Hip more to R side)

Body has inclination. Roll to L (reverse). 

Head: keep straight neckline with spine and back. Don't turn head to left or right like Standard dances.

Imagery: looking down from top, there are 2 circles, one made by head, one made by hip. Roughly speaking (just it helps with understanding, this is not exact), start with head at W point on head circle, hip on E point on hip circle. Then, hip goes counterclockwise from east to north part of circle, while head goes counterclockwise from west to south part of circle. The figure completes one circle.

RF back, hip forward underneath the Man.
Q LF to side
B Head: back and to R
Hip circle: fwd, knee get under Man.
Q RF close to LF
BF Head: To R
Finish the half circle, now body inclined to R, hip to L. Continue to roll on the other half
4 S LF fwd
BF Step LF on straight leg, butt back, Man is going underneath. Keep neckline. 
Head: Fwd
5 Q RF to side and slightly back
B Head: Fwd
6 Q LF crosses in front of RF
BF Head: Fwd and to L