Samba


 

Latin style Samba

Samba

The ballroom Samba origins in Brazil at the beginning of the 20th century. Many steps are taken from Maxixe, this was popular danced in 1910s.

Technique of Samba

Samba Dancing

As a ballroom dance, the samba is played as a partner dance. Ballroom samba, more than any other ballroom dances, is esencialy disconnected from the origins and evolution of the music and dance that gives it present name.

Steps in Samba are danced with a slight downward bouncing or dropping action. This action is created through the bending and straightening of the knees, with bending occurring on the beats of 1 and 2, and the straightening occurring between. Samba has a specific hip action, different from Rumba and Cha-Cha-Cha. The ballroom samba is danced to music in 2/4 or 4/4 time. It uses several different rhythmic patterns in its figures, with cross-rhythms.