Bounding Unicorns

Samba

General

Samba can be danced counterclockwise around the room, which becomes the line of dance.

Technique

Bounce

The bounce is done like this, in sixteenth notes:

LF forward & down                           (1/16)  (1)
                                            (2/16)
RF together & up but left heel on floor     (3/16)  (and)
up with both heels                          (4/16)  (a)

LF heel down (RF heel stays up)             (5/16)  (2)

I imagine the same thing happens on 7/16 and 8/16 as on 3/16 and 4/16, respectively, but need to verify this.

Forward Basic

Leader's steps:

LF forward          (1)
RF together         (a)
LF in place         (2)

RF back             (3)
LF together         (a)
RF in place         (4)

Turning Left

Basic can be rotated left 90° on (1-a-2). The movement is similar to a left turn in waltz.

Leader's steps:

rotate L 45° & LF forward           (1)
RF together                         (a)
rotate L 45° & LF in place          (2)

RF back                             (3)
LF together                         (a)
RF in place                         (4)

Side Basic

Leader's steps:

LF left                     (1)
RF back crossed behind LF   (a)
LF in place                 (2)

RF right                    (3)
LF back crossed behind RF   (a)
RF in place                 (4)

Step In Place

Leader's steps:

LF in place         (1)
RF back             (a)
rock LF             (2)

RF together         (3)
LF back             (a)
rock RF             (4)

Solo Right Turn

LF left                                     (1)
RF back                                     (a)
LF in place                                 (2)

RF right & rotate R 90°                     (3)
rotate R 90° & LF left & rotate R 90°       (a)
rotate R 90° & RF in place                  (4)

Follower's UAT Right

Leader's steps are as in side basic. Raise LF between 4 and 1 counts to lead the turn.

Follower's steps:

rotate R 90° &
    RF step forward &                       (1)
rotate R 90° &
    LF step forward/left of RF small        (a)
rotate R 180° & RF in place                 (2)

LF left                                     (3)
RF back crossed behind LF                   (a)
rock LF                                     (4)

Notes:

  1. On 1 count, follower is stepping on RF with RF pointing right from original direction, with body already rotated right. This makes it possible to place LF behind RF if going by starting position.
  2. LF should be crossed behind RF after turn rotation completes.

Reverse Turn

Leader's steps:

LF forward & rotate L 90°           (1)
RF right & rotate L 90°             (a)
LF cross in front of RF             (2)

RF back & rotate L 90°              (3)
LF left & rotate L (0d              (a)
RF in place                         (4)

Notes:

  1. All of the steps are done approximately in a line, with the exception of the back step on 3 count.
  2. The cross on 2 count is important to maintain leader facing follower.
  3. The back step on 3 count is really back and comes out of the line on which the remainder of the steps are (if this step wasn't back the follower would have nowhere to step on that count).
  4. The 360° of rotation total is, as I understand it, the goal with good technique. For beginners 270° of total rotation is more realistic. (If this happens go into promenade to move down the line of dance.)

Closed In LOD Into Promenade

Leader's steps:

(half basic:)
LF forward                  (1)
RF together                 (a)
LF in place                 (2)

RF back & twist L 45°       (3)
LF back                     (a)
RF in place                 (4)

In promenade partners make a 90° angle.

Samba Walk / Promenade Walk

From promenade position, leader's steps:

LF forward          (1)
RF back             (a)
LF in place         (2)

RF forward          (3)
LF back             (a)
RF in place         (4)

The back steps employ partial weight transfer, there is no backward movement of the body in a promenade walk.

With Side Step

From promenade position, leader's steps:

LF forward          (1)
RF back             (a)
LF in place         (2)

RF forward          (3)
LF left             (a*)
RF in place         (4)

The step marked * can be either back or to the side. In either case the direction should be led - in case of the side step, leader moves left with his body while pushing follower right into her side step.

Promenade To Promenade Open

From promenade position, leader's steps:

LF forward                          (1)
RF back                             (a)
LF in place                         (2)

RF forward & disconnect RH          (3)
LF left                             (a)
RF in place                         (4)

To lead promenade open, 1) disconnect RH on 3 count and 2) apply sideways pressure with LH.

Ending position is with partners twisted as in promenade and making a ~90° angle with each other.

Voltas

From promenade open position, leader's steps:

LF forward behind follower &
    LH rotate follower R            (1)
RF together crossed behind LF       (a)
LF forward                          (2)
RF together crossed behind LF       (a)
LF forward                          (3)
RF together crossed behind LF       (a)
LF forward                          (4)

RF forward behind follower &
    LF rotate follower L            (5)
LF together crossed behind RF       (a)
RF forward                          (6)
LF together crossed behind RF       (a)
RF forward                          (7)
LF together crossed behind RF       (a)
RF forward                          (8)

The lead for voltas is immediate turn for the follower which starts between 1 and a counts (but after 1).