How to Do Step & Slide Forward Step in Samba

Learn how to do the step and slide forward step from samba expert Michele Bastos in this Howcast dance video.


So now we're going to learn (?) from Bahia, step forward. It's my favorite style, of course. That's where I come from. I'm from Salvador Bahia, Brazil. I'm going to demonstrate just a few times, but we're going to do it together.

Okay. Certain principles of the side by side, slide, slide, side, slide. Same thing. However, we're going to step forward. Right foot, front step, and it's a slide back. Same thing, left foot. Step and slide back. Right foot, step, and slide. Left, and slide. Right, and slide. Left, and slide. So just a small step forward, and then transfer the weight back to center. Transfer the weight, and it's a slide back center. Transfer, and slide, and transfer, and slide.

So what is missing? Hip action. And hip, and center. So when you transfer the weight forward, you want to try and push the hip towards that direction. And hip, and center. And hip, and slide. And hip, and slide. A little faster. Hip, and hip, and hip. Same base Samba arms. So the arms are opposite of your front leg, nice and simple. And accent it out. And out.

And this time you want to exaggerate a little bit, because when you start going faster, your actual hip is going to go a little smaller. So now, exaggerate. Out, in. Out, in. Out and slide back. Slide, and slide, and slide, and slide back. Now let's prepare to move a little bit faster. Keep a nice hip accent. Hip, hip, hip, and hip, and hip, and hip. Transfer the weight forward and bring it back. And step, and step, and step, and step.

Now let your torso react to the movement. Move about the head and the neck. The reaction and movement of the spine. And slide, slide, slide. And step. A little bit faster. And step, and step, and step, and hip accent, hip accent, step, slide, step, slide, step, slide, step, slide, step, slide. Hip, and four, and three, and two, and one.

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