Introduction: A Newcomer level move for Samba.
Frame: Latin. Count: 1-Ah, 2-Ah, 3-Ah, 4-Ah.
Leaders and Followers: Leaders and Followers move differently.

Instructions (Leader Perspective)
This move is usually done with a Stationary Samba Walk. This is because this move has both partners facing line of dance. To transition from facing center (one partner) and wall (other partner) from Samba Basic is a bit difficult since you're moving sideways along line of dance. Stationary Samba Walks solve this by allowing you to instead be moving in preparation for Bota Fogos.

Let us assume you are doing Stationary Samba Walks. Leader is facing Wall, Follower is facing Center. Feet are together for both.

1: Release the right hand, but maintain connection in the left. Left leg steps forward, 45 degrees right of line of dance, left arm swings overhead since follower is stepping towards you.
Ah: Right leg steps forward as well. Lands on toes because instantly you will be pivoting to face 45 degrees left line of dance.
2: Weight settles into left foot. Left knee bent, right leg relatively straight.

The opposite side is the same, just different orientations.

3: Right foot steps forward. Connection is still in the left arm, so your left arm is in front of you and will rise as you and your partner cross.
Ah: Left leg steps forward, landing on toes.
4: Pivot to 45 degrees right of Line of Dance. Settle weight into right foot.

Usually, one does 4 of these, 2L and 2R.

Hips: Not mentioned above but one still does the movements associated in Samba Basic. Hips for example, on the "Ah's", the reason you land on toes is to assist with the hip rise and samba bounce.

Arms: Leader's left arm is connected to the follower's right. That connection stays. But with the other arm, there are a variety of "poses" to strike on counts 2 and 4. One can either place the hand on the hip or have the arm go out straight to the side.


Instructions (Follower Perspective)
Exactly the same at the Leader. There are three differences.

1) Orientation: When the Leader goes left, you go right, vic versa.

2) Show-Off: As the Follower, you're going to be in front of the Leader in this move. This means, the audience sees you. Meaning, you need to strike a very strong pose. When replacing the weight on Counts 2 and 4, your weight really does need to settle to strike a good pose.

3) Limbo-Limbo: The Leader's arm will be going above your head. Consequently, your right arm goes over your head. It's the Leader's job to not go too far above your head (strain your arm), but let the Leader know accordingly if that is the case.


Tips and Tricks
  • Pose Strike: True for both Leaders and Followers. Counts 2 and 4 are prime times to strike strong poses to showcase your entire body: hips, arms, legs, etc.
  • Hips: On the "Ah" counts, similar to the "Ah" counts in Samba Basic, your butt does goes up and out. The appropriate hip also goes up (walk right, it's right hip).
  • Bounce: Easy to forget the Samba Bounce, but that's the first thing people look for. It's how you convey and emphasize the musical beat.

Advanced Concepts
  • Arm Connection: Leader's left arm is connected to the Follower's right. But it's not just an arm connection that's there. In fact, it can be used for the Leader to accurately convey to the Follower when to turn. The Follower turn is based on when the connection "tightens" and the Follower feels a pull in the opposite direction, this pull being initiated by the Leader.