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Rolling Off the Arm

Samba Rolling Off the Arm

The Samba Rolling Off the Arm is a Silver 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 Right Side Position with double hand hold, Man's R arm behind Lady's back at waist level. Lady's arms crossed in front of body. There is no bounce.

Leader

Step Timing Movement 
Turn
 Footwork Notes
1
1
LF to side
BF 
Man is doing a whisk action. Because of the timing change, there is no bounce.

Release hold with LH, pull R hand, then extend R arm to R side at waist level for steps 1-2-3.
2
2 RF behind LF with partial weight (cuban cross)
B Part weight is taken onto the foot, so footwork is B (instead of T as in Whisk).
3
3 take minimal weight to RF and replace weight to LF

BF
4 1 RF to side
BF Small step for whisk action.
Keep R arm at center.

Return R arm to starting position and take double hand hold again.
5 2 LF behind RF with partial weight (cuban cross)   B  
6 3 take minimal weight to LF and replace weight to RF   BF  

Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Turn
 Footwork Notes
1
1
RF fwd (after turning 1/4 to R) 1/4 to R BF, then turn on B of RF (foot flat) Lady starts with arms across in front of body (R arm on top). RSP.

Even thought the movement is "RF fwd", it happens after turning 1/4 to R, so the step is to the side of Man.

Full weight on RF, everything lines up to be the vertical axis for an effective turn.
2
2 Close LF to RF 1/4 to R between 1 and 2 B
3
3 RF to side and close LF to RF without weight in RSP. L knee veers inwards 1/2 to R between steps 2 and 2 BF, I/E of B, LF
4 1 LF fwd (after turning 1/4 to L) 1/4 to L between 3 and 4 BF, then turn on B of LF (foot flat)
5 2 Closed RF to LF 1/4 to L between 4 and 5 B
6 3 LF to side and close RF to LF without weight in RSP. R knee veers inwards  1/4 to L between 5 and 6 BF, I/E if B, RF  

Notes on Ending Positions:
  • Closed Position to follow with a Whisk to L
    • Man: turn 1/4 R over 4-6 to face wall, continue to turn Lady L on step 6, releasing R to L hand hold, keep RH lightly in contact with Lady as she turns within the circle of R arm. Regain normal hold in Closed Position at the end of Lady's turn.
    • Lady: continue to turn an extra 1/4 to L on LF on step 6 to end with LF in front of RF in Cuban Cross position.
  • Closed Position to follow with a Reverse Turn
    • Man: lead Lady to turn L and to move well fwd on step 4, then continue to turn Lady strongly to L over step 5 and 6, releasing R to L hand hold, keep RH lightly in contact with Lady as she turns within the circle of R arm. Regain normal hold in Closed Position at end of Lady's turn.
    • Lady:
      • Step 4: LF fwd (1/8 L)
      • Step 5: RF side having turned 3/8 L
      • Step 6: LF side in front of Man, having turned 1/2 to L, then continue to turn an extra 1/2 to L on LF to end with LF in front of RF in Cuban Cross Position.
  • Right Shadow Position: