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Videos of Samba Classes and Dance Instruction:
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Videos of Samba International Latin Syllabus Figures:
Pre-Bronze : Whisks |  Samba walks |  Rhythm bounce |  Traveling bota fogos |  Cross cross bota fogos

BRONZE (International) : beginner |  Alternative basic |  Basic |  Bota fogos |  Corte jaca |  Lady's spot volta |  Outside basic |  Progressive basic |  Reverse turn |  Side basic |  Voltas |  pictures

SILVER (International) : intermediate |  Argentine crosses |  Closed rocks |  Shadow bota fogos |  Side samba walk |  Volta criss cross |  Volta Maypole |  Solo spot volta |  pictures

GOLD (International) : advanced |  Contra bota fogos |  Cruzados walks |  Cruzados locks |  Roundabout |  Natural roll |  Reverse roll |  Promenade runs |  Counter promenade runs |  samba locks |  Traveling volta |  pictures

Videos of Samba American Latin Syllabus Figures:
BRONZE (American) : beginner |  Samba Basic |  Whisks |  Samba Walks |  Simple Twinkle |  Samba Box Step |  Chasse R. and L. |  Open Break Underarm Turn |  Back Spot Turn |  Progressive Twinkle |  Opening Out |  pictures

SILVER (American) : intermediate |  Kick Release |  Twinkles to P.P. and C.P.P. |  Back Samba Walks |  Solo Turns |  Synchopated Twinkle |  Criss Cross |  Shadow Twinkles |  Rolling Off the Arm |  Maypole L. and R. |  Closed Swivels |  pictures

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Samba Music   ( 110-112 BPM)

Turn on your computer speakers and you can practice dancing to the following songs !!

#BPMIntroSamba: Pop Songs      |  Videos |  Patterns |  Main Menu
1.997Agua Dulce Agua Salá by Julio Iglesias
2.92Bailando by Enrique Iglesias
3.95La Gozadera by Gente de Zona ft. Marc Anthony
4.88Despacito by Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee
5.95Reggaetón Lento (Bailemos) by CNCO
6.90Faded by Alan Walker
7.90Quisiera by CNCO
8.10410Macarena by Los Del Rio
9.976Simarik by Tarkan
10.104Lola Lola by Ricky Martin
11.105Tic Tic Tac by Fruit De La Passion
12.101Bantu by Kaoma
13.101Ain't It Funny by Jennifer Lopez
14.100Amarain by Amr Diab
15.101Salma ya Salama by Alabina
16.102Cecilia by Simon and Garfunkel
17.100Borriquito Como Tu by Perrete
18.100Bailamos by Enrique Iglesias
19.1097Suerte by Shakira (Wherever Whenever)
20.97Guten Morgen Sonnenschein by Nana Mouskouri
21.97Walk Like an Egyptian by the Bangles
22.1099Gypsy Flame by Armik
23.104Maria by Ricky Martin
24.103Jolene by Miley Cyrus
25.10014Ponle Sabor by Dj Kun
26.97Kiss Kiss by Stella Soleil
27.88Qué Vendrá by ZAZ
28.97Bright by Echosmith
29.Hey Soul Sister by Train
30.Black Horse and the Cherry Tree by KT Tunstall
31.Say Hey (I Love You) by Michael Franti
32.10618Vgale to Karfi by Alkaios Giorgos (Greek Tsiftetelia Dance)
33.107Baila Baila Conmigo by Ruben Gomez
34.100Shake Your Bon Bon by Ricky Martin
35.100Coco Jamboo by Mr. President
36.10220I'm Alive by Celine Dion
37.Suddenly I See by KT Tunstall
38.Looking Out My Back Door by Creedence Clearwater Revival
39.106Iko Iko by Captain Jack
40.100Alabina by Chico Castillo and the Fiesta Mora band
41.102Toma Que Toma by Los Niños
42.98Tijuana Taxi by Bert Kämpfert
43.Alejandro by Lady GaGa
44.100La Isla Bonita by Alizée
45.94Sin Pijama by Becky G, Natti Natasha
46.97Prem Ratan Dhan Payo by Palak Muchhal
47.10124Something's Missing by Sheppard
48.97Filakia by Lefteris Pantazis (Greek)
49.96El Matador by Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
50.103Safety Dance by Men Without Hats
51.100Sands of Time by Pandora
52.9711Se Thelo by Antique
53.102Rumbakalao by Azuquita
54.102E-O-Zumba-E by King Africa
55.102Jambalaya by the Carpenters
56.10012La Pollera Colora by Charlie Zaa
57.10818Moi Lolita by Alizée
58.1005Ella, Elle L'a by Alizée
59.10010La Bomba by Ricky Martin
60.107La Colegiala by Calo
61.100Festa de um Povo by Carrapicho
62.100Tic Tic Tac by Carrapicho
63.100Big In Japan by Alphaville
64.99Samba-Tranquille by Thievery Corporation
65.Half a Minute by Matt Bianco
66Black Horse and the Cherry Tree by KT Tunstall
67.105I Believe In Love by Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror)
68.Di Di by Milk and Honey
69.Never Leave You by Lumidee
70.Jurame by Andrea Bocelli
71.Given Up by Linkin Park
72.Watching You Watch Him by Eric Hutchinson
73.I Need You by Marc Anthony
74.On The Floor by Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull
75.Brighter Than The Sun by Colbie Caillat
76.Fireflies by Owl City
77.Shadow of the Moon by Blackmore's Night
78.Take a Picture by Filter
79.Extreme Ways by Moby
80.Serenade by The Naked and Famous
81.104Come with Me Now by Kongos
82.79Ho Hey by the Lumineers
83.Riptide by Vance Joy
84.89Tell Him by The Exciters
85.81Goodbye In Her Eyes by Zac Brown Band
Suggest a song for Samba!

Samba Dance Facts

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Samba History Samba is Brazil's National Dance. The Brazilian samba and the ballroom samba dance are considerably different.
Samba Bounce The Samba bounce makes the Samba a lively dance. Bounce your body down on each beat and up between each beat. The Samba bounce continues for the whole dance.
Samba Count "and 1 and 2, and 3 and 4" Bounce down on the numbers.
Samba Pendulum The upper body does not travel as much as the legs and feet.
Samba Footwork and-Flat-Toe-Pull, and Flat-Toe-Pull, etc… This footwork is used on ALL steps.
Samba Arm Styling Arms tilt with the body. Arms do what the body does. Don't flap like a bird. Don't tilt more than the body.

Samba Patterns

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Samba Basic
  • Basic forward and back (American Caicho). The Samba Basic uses the standard ballroom hold in closed position.
  • You can turn this pattern to the left.
  • You can also do this pattern in apart position.
Whisks or Side Basic
  • Balance Se Te (Balance to the side) Similar to side breaks to both sides. Reach behind. Don't turn your hips.
Box Step
  • Box Straight
  • Box Turning
Copa Cobana (Shorten to "Copa"):
  • 1 basic → 1 balance se te → 5 copas (walk-toe-pull) → come out on 6 → basic.
  • Free arm rounded forward.
  • Joined arm hand on shoulder. Lady's arm on blade outside.
  • Need contact along the arm so you can fold her in and do the basic.
  • To end the Copa, the outside foot is the last toe pull, then turn into the basic. Be sure to lead the return to basic from copa early.
Two-way composo:
  • Lead: The lead is to arch the body and lean the body.
  • Count: and walk, and 2, and 3, and 4, and walk, and 2, and 3, and 4.
  • Footwork (Man's): step forward flat 1 → right toe pull 2 → right toe pull 3 → right toe pull 4 → and step back flat 5, left toe pull 6, left toe pull 7, left toe pull 8.
  • On each "toe pull" above, bring the feet together and click. Remember to move your down on each beat and up between each beat.
Addl. Samba patterns:
  • Copa compaso: Start with bota fogo → one, stop check, back-and-1, and 2-and-3, and-4 → 2nd half of turning basic.
  • Polista: On first step, guys step out to the right and move the lady to your left.Step on a line forward. Move her the opposite direction as you brace. Do 6 forward then return to the basic. Man's body should be arched in with his hips toward the lady. Turn the lady by turning your body.
  • Double copa: 1 basic => 1 side of the balance se te > zig sag (man holds the lady's right hand with his left) => after turn, start second copa on the inside foot. (Inside foot is even numbers 2, 4, etc.)
  • Whirlwind: Start like a double copa, then the guy will turn and change the hands. Exit with an inside underarm turn on the 5th samba step.
Latin Patterns:
  • Cross-body lead
  • Spot turns: (flat, toe, flat)
  • Chase with Half turns
  • Chase with Full turns
Shadow Patterns
  • Sweetheart shadow
  • Cuddle shadow
  • Skater shadow
  • Passing Hand Change
  • Underarm pass
  • Don Sohn
  • Cross-hold 2-hand passing patterns
  • Rumba turn-around. At end of pattern, do side-together and then turning box.
Nightclub Two-step-like Patterns:
  • Left turn
  • Left turn with underarm
  • Right turn
  • Right turn with underarm
Waltz-like Patterns:
  • Bota Fogos (part weight) Similar to closed twinkle, except that you use the Flat toe-pull, Flat toe-pull footwork.
  • Advanced Bota Fogo: Continuous closed twinkles → cross in front and turn 5 times → come out on 6.
  • Volta Left: Similar to waltz turns line of dance. Cross feet when going forward into the turn but not when turning backward.
  • Waltz 2-way turns
  • Zig Zag Twinkle
  • Same-hand crossover
  • Espiral – Start similar to boto fogo.



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