How to Do the Side by Side Step in Samba

Learn how to do the side by side step from samba expert Michele Bastos in this Howcast dance video.


Samba [?], a side-by-side step. Very nice and simple, a basic step. What you want to think about is the energy comes from the ground. The knees are bent and soft through the whole time, and you want to have the weight on top of your hips as well. Nice and simple. Step to the right side, and we are going to slide the foot back toward the center. And the same thing to the left. Step open and slide back toward the center. Step open and slide back. Step open and slide back.

It's a very nice, basic move, however, we are talking about samba, so we have to add hips to this movement. Hips accent as you step out. Hip accent as you step, and hip, and center, and hip, and center, and hip, and center. Don't worry about it, because you can actually have a big hip movement and really accent weight out, and bring it back to the center. And hip, and bring it back to the center. We can start moving a little bit faster. Accents out, tah, in, tah, in, tah, in, tah, in, tah, in, tah, in, tah, in. And now the feet, a little bit faster. Tah-tah, tah-tah, tah-tah, tah-tah, tah-tah, tah-tah, tah-tah, tah-tah. And side, and side, and side. Allow your torso to react to the movement. And the side, the side.

Good, now let's add arms to it. Hip, elbow, back center. Elbow, back center. And hip, elbow, out, and center. And hip, and center. A little bit faster. A taka-chicka, taka-chicka, taka-chicka, taka-chicka. Let your shoulders move and let your torso react to the movement. Now let's look to the side that you're pushing. To the left, to the right. Strong arm, strong shoulders, strong hips. And push, and push, and push, and push. You can add a nice, small circular move to your hips. Circle, and circle, and circle, and circle. Now your torso. React to the movement of your hips. Let's go with the arms. And hips. And arms. And hips, and hips, and circle. Let's do that one more time. And let the hips move and circle. And release. That's your samba step side-by-side.

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