Bronze Samba - The Basic Step Ballroom Dance Lesson

Uploaded by aanw97 on 01.03.2009

We begin the samba with the basic step.
We this, facing each other the man starts
with his weight on the right foot the lady starts with the weight
on the left foot. We have the pattern of
one-a two, three-a four, five-a six, seven-a eight.
We imagine we have a pen in front of us and Wendy imagines
she has a pen just behind her heel and in order to not touch the pen
as we step we have to lift the foot and step over it and when we land
we’ll land with a ball flat and a soft knee.
So for example we do this very slow, we have a one,
then the second step we close the man’s right foot the lady’s left foot,
with the ball of the foot only. That means the heel does not
touch the floor. And we press up and replace back
onto the other foot. Now we have a close up look of this
you will see what we are talking about, and one-a-two.
Now the pen is behind me, for Wendy the pen is in front of her
and we have to step over it, and one-a-two.
And one-a two, three-a four, one-a two, three-a four,
this is called “alternative basic step” and we are counting
one-a two, three-a four because each bar of music consists
of two beats but split up. One-a two means three quarters of a beat,
one quarter of a beat, and one beat. Three quarters, a quarter, one.
The second step, the “a”, since is only a quarter beat is a very
short time and it only has part weight.
If I do this facing the camera, you will know what I mean by
part weight. One, the “a” is only a short time
so we only use the toe or ball of the foot and there is no chance
to put full weight on that foot, “a” step. Same thing coming back, one-a two,
and this is very common in samba: part weight.
So we dance the basic step together. And one-a two, three-a four,
five-a six, seven and eight. We can turn the basic to the left
one-a two, three-a four, five-a six, seven-a eight.
And we dance that to you, for you, with music.
As you can see there is a soft bounce feeling to the basic but
be sure you only feel that in the legs and not up in the shoulders.
So for example if I do the basic step, let’s do it wrong Wendy
and we jump up and down too much that would be very distracting
and not very correct – yea? We want to keep the upper body calm
and feel it down in the knees and the hips. And one-a two, three-a four,
five-a six, seven-a eight.
I’ll give you a short demonstration of what I mean by basic step stepping
over an object. So here’s a pen in front of my feet and I don’t
want to kick it. So I have this: one-a two, three-a four,
one-a two, three-a four.
In the basic samba we are going to teach you five different elements
of basic step.