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Solo Spot Volta

Samba Solo Spot Volta

The Samba Solo Spot Volta is Bronze 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.

Leader

Step Timing Movement
Turn
 Footwork Notes
1
1
LF in front of RF (Cuban Cross)
1/2 to L
BF
Spot Volta to Left
Move LH slightly to L to turn Lady to R, then release hold
2
a
RF to side and slightly back w/o weight. Toe turned out
1/2 to L over 2 & 3
I/E of T (pressure)
No lead
3
2
Take part of weight to RF and swivel on ball of LF, keeping it in place. End LF in front of RF (Cuban Cross) in Closed Position

BF
Regain required hold at end of turn

Follower

Step Timing Movement
Turn
 Footwork Notes
1
1
RF in front of LF (Cuban Cross)
1/2 to R
BF
Spot Volta to Right
Start with LF in front, Lady's RH patty cake with Man's LH.
'&': straighten legs and start to turn
'a': turn 1/2 to R
'1': weight on RF, RF is now crossed in front of LF, L knee is 'tucked' behind R knee.
2
a
LF to side and slightly back w/o weight. Toe turned out.
1/2 to R over 2&3
I/E of T (pressure)
&': straighten legs and start to turn
'a': turn 1/2 to R, step L leg side, slightly back (because body is already turning). It feels more like a fwd step.
3
2
Take part of weight to LF and swivel on ball of RF, keeping it in place.
End RF in front of LF (Cuban Cross) in Closed Position

BF
'2': to shorten the distance with Man, slide RF a bit fwd. L knee tucked behind R knee.
Could follow with a Spot Volta to Left or Continuous with step 2-3 to do continuous spot volta.

  • Use bounce action. L to R hand hold.
  • Starting positions:
    • Normally, in Open Position. 
    • Solo Spot Volta to Left may start in Open PP: Turn 7/8 L (Lady 7/8 R) on the Spot Volta.
    • Solo Spot Volta to Right may start in Open CPP: Turn 7/8 R (Lady 7/8 L) on the Spot Volta.
  • On 3, heel lowers at end of turn.
  • Man and Lady can switch, i.e. Man does Lady's part and vice versa.
  • Continuous Spot Voltas: Can repeat 2&3 twice for an additional bar of music, completing another full turn. Count "a1 a2". Continue 'pedaling' with the foot (stepping fwd) while keeping the other foot at same place.
  • Combination: whisk to underarm turn to R for Lady, then start turning L for Solo Spot Volta. Normally does it in 2's or 4's in same direction and then switch direction.