By Arthur Murray
Sometimes called the South American Waltz, the Samba pulsates to a unique Latin rhythm.
The national dance of Brazil became the rage of it’s 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 dance popular in the U.S. in the early 1940’s.
Today’s Samba music is influenced by Jazz and Latin rhythms. Its written in 2/4 or 4/4 time. This music is music festive and fast paced with a sound associated with Rio’s Carnival. The basic count is “Slow a Slow” or “1 & 2”.
Walking steps and side steps are the basic components of Samba. The major characteristic of 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.
- Forward & Back Motion Weight changes incorporating vertical motion
- Side 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
Samba songs and artists include:
One Note Samba – Antonio Carlos Jobim
Macarena – Los Del Rio
Copacabana – Barry Manilow
Quando Quando Quando – Engelbert Humperdinck