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Rhythm Bounce

Samba Rhythm Bounce

The Samba Rhythm Bounce 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.

Man and Lady:
  • Normally used to start the dance or achieve good phasing.
  • Start with weight on either LF or RF. Repeat movement for the desired number of counts to suit musical phasing.
  • Examples:
    • Can start with maintaining both weight on standing leg and foot position, e.g after any Bota Fogo action.
    • Maintain weight on standing leg, moving free leg to side or diagonally back position, e.g after a Whisk.
    • Dancing a weight change by stepping side or diagonally forward, e.g. after Traveling Volta (start on count "1").
Technique:
  • When standing in place to use Rhythm bounce to start the dance:
    • When starting the dance, face partner,
      • Man L leg forward w/ bent knee, R leg straight
      • Lady mirror opposite, left hip twisted to back, hip up.
      • Back foot heel should be lifted.
    • When 'bouncing', it's a swinging motion. Swing pelvis softly forward and back. Just swing the hip back, don't think too much about straightening front knee (it will become more straighten naturally); keep the leg behind straight.
      • going back: front leg becomes straight. Extend the back R leg, crunch the side, lift the left hip to give it a longer line.
      • going forward: it's more like diagonally fwd, it's swinging to bottom and then pushing right hip up/fwd.
    • The swinging motion is more diagonal than just straight front and back.
    • Head should stay fairly flat, do not pop.