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Introduction: A Newcomer level move for Samba.
Frame: Latin. Count: 1, a 2, a 3, a 4, etc.
Leaders and Followers: Leaders and Followers mirror each other.

Instructions (Leader Perspective)
Note that the instructions below assume Voltas in a specific direction. If going in the other direction, simply reverse the feet (i.e. move left instead of right).
1. On 1, cross your right foot in front of your left and bend your knees. You should be going for the same pelvic/hip motion that characterises Samba. A way to think about this is to imagine a line extending out from your belly-button; it should be pointing up.
2. On a, step to the left with your left foot, but don't put weight on it yet. At the same time, "bounce" upwards, as in the whisk.
3. On 2, repeat step 1.

Instructions (Follower Perspective)
Note that the instructions below assume Voltas in a specific direction. If going in the other direction, simply reverse the feet (i.e. move left instead of right).
1. On 1, cross your left foot in front of your right and bend your knees. You should be going for the same pelvic/hip motion that characterises Samba. A way to think about this is to imagine a line extending out from your belly-button; it should be pointing up.
2. On a, step to the right with your right foot, but don't put weight on it yet. At the same time, "bounce" upwards, as in the whisk.
3. On 2, repeat step 1.


Tips and Tricks
  • Circular motion. A way to deal with the hip motion in the Traveling Voltas without necessarily thinking about them is to move your hips circularly. Hips are at the top of the circle on even counts (i.e. 90 degrees from the horizontal, counter-clockwise), and at the bottom on the "a" counts.

Advanced Concepts
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