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Samba Walks

Samba Walks

The Samba Walks 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.

Samba Walk in Promenade Position

Step Timing Movement
Turn
 Footwork Notes
1
1
LF fwd in PP
--
BF
LF Samba Walk in Promenade Position
LF fwd and cross the other foot.
Do not slide whole back foot forward, just bend knee, back foot toe is still kept at same location.
Pelvis swings naturally forward.
2
a
RF back in PP, w/o weight, small step. Toe turned out
--
I/E of T (Pressure)
'a': front leg is straightened, thigh pulls back, weight is still kept forward. How far to pull back depends on the person. ("By the book": 3inches)
3
2
Take minimal weight to RF and draw LF back in PP
--
F (Pressure on ball of foot)
Knee is slightly straightened as the foot is drawn back, then slightly flexed.
Back foot swivels a bit to the turned out position. break ankle.
Pelvis return to normal position.

After count "2":
"&" is just pendulum action (mid body),
"a" hip rotate to put/place the other foot forward.
"1" step on front foot, swivel back foot, IE.
4
1
RF fwd in PP
--
BF
RF Samba Walk in Promenade Position
5
a
LF back in PP, w/o weight, small step, Toe turned out
--
I/E of T (Pressure)
6
2
Take minimal weight to LF, draw RF back in PP
--
F (Pressure on ball of foot)

Notes:
  • Commence in Promenade Position, feet pointing LOD. Use very slight bounce action.
    • Shoulders should turn slightly toward partner to create the promenade position, with lower part of body facing LOD, with pelvic action.
  • Slight adjustment for hold: Lady slide L hand across Man's back at shoulder blade level. Man slides R hand to below lady's R shoulder blade.
  • Focus on the pendulum action (forward and back), there is slight hip rotating out (but not prominent). People should see pendulum action more.
  • Samba walks can be danced on same foot as partner when in R shadow position.
  • Silver & Gold: Samba Walks are danced in RSP during Rolling off the Arm.

Side Samba Walk in Promenade Position

Leader

Step Timing Movement
Turn
 Footwork Notes
1
1
RF fwd in PP
--
BF

2
a
LF to side and slightly back in PP w/o weight. Toe turned out
--
I/E of T (Pressure)
3
2
Take minimal weight to LF, draw RF back in PP
1/8 to R between 2-3
F (Pressure on ball of foot)

Follower

Step Timing Movement
Turn
 Footwork Notes
1
1
LF fwd in PP
--
BF

2
a
RF to side and slightly back in PP w/o weight. Toe turned out
--
I/E of T (Pressure)
3
2
Take minimal weight to RF, draw LF back in PP
1/8 to L between 2-3
F (Pressure on ball of foot)
  • Start in Promenade Position. Use slight bounce action.
  • Actions are the same as Samba Walk in Promenade Position.
  • Going from Side Samba walk to Boto Fogos: man keep the forward motion to keep lady moving, man holds back (without stepping back).

Stationary Samba Walk

Leader

Step Timing Movement
Turn
 Footwork Notes
1
1
Close LF to RF
--
BF

2
a
RF back w/o weight. Toe turned out
--
I/E of T (Pressure)

3
2
Take minimal weight to RF, draw LF back
--
F (Pressure on ball of foot)

4
1
Close RF to LF, slightly fwd
--
BF

5
a
LF back w/o weight. toe turned out
--
I/E of T (Pressure)
6
2
Take minimal weight to LF and draw RF back
--
F (Pressure on ball of foot)

Follower

Step Timing Movement
Turn
 Footwork Notes
1
1
Close RF to LF, RF is slightly fwd
--
BF
The action starts at the end of previous beat &:
- L side body fwd, weight more fwd, R hip rotated to R, R hip high, R side compressed, (dance opposition, thighs working opposite direction), RF heel pushed down, create leg line. 
- L knee bent

Start:
- L hip does figure 8 rotation. L hip diagonally fwd, drawing R leg in (R leg straight ) to close at the same time, thighs together. Keep L heel down while drawing R leg in
- "1": When both legs are together, knees bent switching from left to right side. use more knees, knees do a forward circle (not straight flat line), compress tummy, bounce action, switch weight to RF., L heel is released right away with the knee switch (heel off ground)
- don't shoot out L leg immediately, bounce/re-bound action here, start pushing on RF, straightening R leg first.
2
a
LF back w/o weight, toe turned out
--
I/E of T (Pressure)
Styling option: turn head to look to left.

Straighten L leg back. At this time, hips are neutral. Do not turn LF out or open L hip too early here.
3
2
Take minimal weight to LF, draw RF back
--
F (Pressure on ball of foot)
back trailing foot: LF swivel, L hip rotate. figure 8, ankle push down, leg line. 
Taking weight onto LF, L hip goes back a bit (front foot heel lift up and point briefly) to create a bigger figure 8 action. (not the whole body going to back foot, but need to send hip to back foot a little bit to create bigger movement)
4
1
Close LF to RF, slightly fwd
--
BF
Really using the R hip forward and rotate movement to draw L leg and foot to close to RF. They shouldn't move on its own. It's the result of R hip doing figure 8 action.
5
a
RF back w/o weight. Toe turned out
--
I/E of T (Pressure) Styling option: head look to right.
6
2
Take minimal weight to RF, draw LF back.
--
F (Pressure on ball of foot)

  • General note:
    • Throughout the figure: keep pressure on floor; weight needs to be more fwd. Dance opposition, side arrives first.
      • For bounce action, think more re-bound, not as much stomping down. Think about belly button is never open, but it "blinks".
    • Stationary samba walks: can exaggerate hip action a bit more. Commence in Closed Position. Close slightly forward on 1.
    • Can be danced with L to R handhold. Other actions are the same as in Promenade Position.
    • LF Stationary Samba Walk: Man can lead Lady to turn R under raised arms, having released hold with R hand (Lady Spot Volta making a complete turn to R)
    • RF Stationary Samba Walk: can lead Lady to turn L.