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Volta Movements

Samba Volta Movements

The Samba Volta Movements  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.

Traveling Volta commenced with RF (Man/Lady)

Step Timing Movement
Turn
 Footwork Notes
1
1
RF in front of LF (Cuban Cross)

BF
See Samba Technique for details on Volta Action.
2
a
LF to side and slightly back w/o weight, toe turned out

Pressure on IE of T

3
2
Take part weight to LF and draw RF in front of LF (Cuban Cross)

BF (Pressure on ball of foot)

4-7
a 1 a 2
Repeat step 2 and 3 twice.


Traveling Volta commenced with LF (Man/Lady)

Step Timing Movement
Turn
 Footwork Notes
1
1
LF in front of RF (Cuban Cross)

BF
See Samba Technique for details on Volta Action.
2
a
RF to side and slightly back w/o weight, toe turned out

Pressure on IE of T

3
2
Take part weight to RF and draw LF in front of RF (Cuban Cross)

BF (Pressure on ball of foot)

4-7
a 1 a 2
Repeat step 2 and 3 twice.



3 Types of Voltas

  • Traveling Volta:
    • as described above. no turn or may turn up to 3/8 to L or R over 2 bars of music.
    • No turn:
      • Traveling Volta to Left with No turn: Man facing Wall, traveling along LOD. May be danced in Closed Position. Normal or L to R hand hold may be used.
      • Traveling Volta to Right with No turn: Man facing Center, traveling along LOD. May be danced in Closed Position. Normal or L to R hand hold.
      • When danced no turn in Closed Position or Shadow Position, a different timing may be used:
        • step 1 on count "1 and", commence with knees slightly flexed, weight on LF, after the count of "2 and".
        • hold position for "2 and"
        • continue with steps 2-5 for counts "a 3 a 4".
    • Traveling Volta is used in Criss Cross Voltas, Shadow Traveling Volta.
  • Circular Volta (Gold and Silver):
    • 1 complete turn to L or R over 2 bars of music.
    • front foot travels around circumference of a small circle.
    • Circular Volta is used in Maypole (Man), Shadow Circular Volta, Roundabout.
  • Spot Volta:
    • 1 complete turn over 1 bar of music. start with L to R hand hold, facing partner. Opposite leg in front. Example: starting RF in front.Weight on RF.
      • 1: end of preceding step, start rising and turning to L, 1/2 turn, step onto LF with weight on "1".
      • a: Keep LF in spot, RF small step fwd, keep turning L
      • 2: Take minimal weight on RF and replace weight on to LF on "2", lowering front LF heel, facing partner again, R knee bent behind L knee in cuban cross position. Can continue Spot Volta to R.
    • To account for distance: use small step on "a", on count "2", foot can step a bit forward.
    • More advanced: 2 complete turns can be done.
    • Spot Volta is used in:
      • Lady 1-3 Spot Volta to R under raised arms (Man dances Whisk to L)
        • Lady 1-3 Spot Volta to R under raised arms can be an ending to the following:
          • Criss Cross Bota Fogos
          • Argentine Crosses
          • Lady dances 1-3 Spot Volta in Foot changes 1 and 2, and Foot Changes 3 and 4.
      • Lady 1-3 Spot Volta to L under raised arms (Man dances Whisk to R)
      • Solo Spot Volta
      • Maypole