Samba is a medium tempo dance from Brazil. It is generally performed to a 2/4 meter with a tempo of 100 beats per minute. The samba dance is very intricate and therefore requires more guidance and patience than other Latin dances. When beginning to learn samba, it is important to first understand the basic concept of how the movements work. The basic movement consists of going forward and backward (with your partner moving the opposite way) with one foot while bending the knees and shifting your weight. This creates the majestic hip movements associated with samba. Once you grasp the basic movement, you will then be taught to move side to side, in reverse, and the progressive basic movement. Afterwards, you will be taught the beautiful whisk, a move where your one leg crosses behind the other and twists. After you are able to perform these moves, next you will learn special samba walks, crisscrosses, and an array of moves. Unlike other ballroom dances, samba has many moves and requires training and tutoring to learn.
Here is a sample of the beginner moves you will learn:
- Rhythmic bounce – this is the famous samba bounce that will be incorporated throughout different samba movements, basic and advanced.
- Basic movement – the basic samba movement is a series of forward and backward steps in a closed position.
- Side Steps – this is similar to the basic moves except the dancers go left and right instead of forward and backward.
- Whisk – in this move one foot cross behind the other and then returns to its previous position.
- Samba walk sideways – Both partners walk forward with their free feet reaching sideways. This move is often a precursor to other samba moves.
Some more advanced steps that will also be covered:
- traveling voltas
- criss crosses
- solo voltas
- foot changes
- open and back rocks
- samba rock
- three step turns
- walk and lock