International Latin Samba

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International Latin Samba
Brief Description 
The international Ballroom version of Samba is a lively, rhythmical dance with elements from Brazilian Samba. It has recently been exposed to the public in television programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing With The Stars. It differs considerably from the original Samba styles of Brazil, but developed independently from Samba in Brazil.
Time Signature - 2/4 
50 - 52 Bars Per Minute 
Basic Rhythm
12 12 12 12
Accented Second Beat 
Timing & Beat Values
Due to the polyrhythmic nature of the music, many figures in Samba consist of steps that require different beat values. The various combinations of timings and beat values for such figures are as follows:
Number Of StepsTiming  Best Values
 31a2  3/4, 1/4, 1
 7 1a2a3a43/4, 1/4, 3/4, 1/4, 3/4, 1/4, 1 
 3 SQQ1, 1/2, 1/2 
 3 QQS 1/2, 1/2, 1
 7 SQQQQQQ1, 1/2, 1/2, 1/2, 1/2, 1/2, 1/2 
 2 SS1, 1 
 5 SSQQS 1, 1, 1/2, 1/2, 1
 6 QQQQSS 1/2, 1/2, 1/2, 1/2, 1, 1
 4QQQQ  1/2, 1/2, 1/2, 1/2
 31,2,3  3/4, 1/2, 3/4
 2&,1,2  1/2, 1, 1/2
Music Style
Medium Tempo Brazilian Latin Music With A Strong DownBeat
Close Hold 
The couple will be approximately 15cm apart with the lady slightly to the man's right side. The weight may be on either foot, lady normal opposite. The man's right hand is placed on the lady's back and cups the lower part of her left shoulder blade. The right arm is held in a soft curve, with the elbow at approximately chest level. The lady's left arm is laid lightly on top of the man's right arm, following the same curve and her left hand rests lightly on top of the man's right shoulder.
The man's left hand is held in a soft curve approximately matching the right arm but with the left forearm raised. The left hand, with wrist straight, approximately level with his nose. The lady's right hand is held lightly by the man in his left hand. The man's left hand and the lady's right hand should be on an imaginary line through the centre position between the two bodies.
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