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Sometimes called the South American Waltz, the Samba dance pulsates to a unique Latin rhythm.

History:

This national dance of Brazil became the rage of its society in the 1930's but began as an exhibition dance in Paris in 1905. Movie star & singer Carmen Miranda, is credited with making the Samba dance popular in the U.S. in the early 1940's.

Music:

Today's Samba music is influenced by Jazz and Latin rhythms. It is written in 2/4 or 4/4 time. The music is festive and fast paced with a sound associated with Rio's Carnival. The basic count is "Slow  a Slow" or "1  a2".

Characteristics:

Walking Samba steps and side steps are the basic components of this dance. The major characteristic of the Samba is the vertical bounce action. Steps are taken using the ball of the foot. Knee action along with body sway and "pendulum motion", in the accomplished dancer, is made to look effortless and carefree.

Teaching Elements:

  • Forward and Back Motion--Weight changes incorporating vertical motionSide Motion--Weight changes incorporating vertical motion
  • Slip Action--Progressing, side, crossing
  • Timing--Hold action, timing changes, phrasing
  • Turns--Changes of direction with control and proper body and arm action
  • Compare/Contrast--Waltz, Rumba

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