Circle dance, change of partners
Music notes in pdf format
Topics on this page
Our sailor has been to
We dance for the pleasure so you are free to select a relaxed informal hold etc.
Start: big circle of couples (all the dancers of the ballroom)
The dance consists of 3 parts: big circle, couple dance, chain:
1 big circle clockwise and anti clockwise, walking steps
2a samba basic steps
2b whisk with (or without) Lady (L) turn under arm
2c samba walk
2d bota foga
3 chain to a new partner, walking steps
In learning the dance: only basic samba steps in 2a-2d.
Or your own free samba dance in 2 (with due consideration of others and the integrity).
Circle only the first time for introduction, or rather each time for relaxation and the integrity of the ball.
1-10 Big circle, holding hands, walking steps: clockwise and anticlockwise, left and right pr bar.
11-14 Basic samba steps, close hold.
15-16 Whisk, close hold.
17-18 G: whisk to the leftf while L right turns under G left arm; together whisk to G’s right side.
19-22 Samba walk in promenade position, 3 steps forward and 1 step to the side away from each other, L right hand in G left hand, ready to:
23-26 Bota foga (bota fogo), where L with left side and back to G dances to G left side in front of G under G left arm while G dances to the right; then equivalent to L right and G left. This is repeated to both sides.
27-34 chain (= grand right and left) to a new partner, walking steps.
The dance is repeated form either bar 1 or bar 11. The dance ends in bar 26, couple dance.
We count 1 a 2 pr bar. a is closer to 2 than to 1, which is important for the bounce action, so the music is made with that consideration in the samba dance part bar 11-26.
Close hold. G: left foot ball (lf) step forward on 1, right foot ball (rf) forward to lf on a, lower heels on 2 (with or without a small tap on left foot). Then rf back on 1, lf back to rf on a, lower heel on 2.
L follows G, so commence stepping back on rf.
Close hold. G: lf ball to the left on 1, rf ball cross behind lf on a, lower heels on 2 (with a small foot tap). The corresponding steps to the right with lf crossing behind rf.
L follows G mirror reflected.
Lady turn in whisk:
L: with right turn: rf to the right on 1, lf cross in front of rf to the right on a, complete full turn and down on flat feet on 2 ready for normal whisk following G. (This is spot turn, spot volta turn).
Close hold with a little opening for promenade so G and L walk side by side. We walk on our balls and move only a little forward. G: lf a little forward 1, rf back a, lf is dragged backwards halfway towards rf 2. Then rf a little forward and lf back and rf dragged a little back. L walks mirror reflected together with G.
Side walking (after 3 walks forward): from each other, still L right hand in G left hand: G: rf forward 1, lf to the side a, rf dragged a little towards lf 2. L: equivalent side walk to the right. Then ready for bota foga:
(Presentation of partner): (we come here from promenade position in samba walks, G and L both facing line of dance (lod), L to the right of G with L right hand in G left hand, hands in front of stomachs): L walks to the left under G left arm G walks to the right so they are in wide position with almost pull in hands (waving the free hand): G lf cross far in front of rf 1, rf to the right a, weight on lf 2. L turning a little to her left walks in front of G to his left under his raised left arm: L rf forward to G left side 1, L lf further forward to the left a (long steps), weight on rf 2.
Then they change back in the same way, L under arm, to the more narrow hold again with arms in front of stomachs. Then again out in the wide position. From this L has ½ left (or right) turn to face G.
(If we come from a normal closed hold to bota foga, L turns right under her right arm to bota foga wide hold left of G, or L turns right into her right arm to bota foga narrow hold right of G).
The music in bar 11-26 is intended for easing the learning of samba steps, in couple dance. The music for walking the circle (1-10) and walking the chain (27-34) is of more complex samba rhythms because walking steps are easy.
(The music here in samba and in salsa dances in 4/4
alla breve is counted 1, 2, while it is counted 1, 2, 3, 4 in alla breve in
Accordion: beats pr bar: 2 + 2 (or samba rhythm).
These samba figures can be seen nicely explained (in English) by David Syncamore & Denise Weavers, Latin American Dancing for beginners, 1984 (video Copenhagen Main Library).
(Their samba is appropriate for dancers past 35, and for Danish folk dance style).
(Denise proposes to commence standing with slightly bent knees and bounce up and down with a hand ball to the samba music: down on 1, up, down on 2, and keep this bouncing throughout the dance).
(I propose to start the ball with the Charleston dance no 26).