Samba is a Latin dance from Brazil.

A precursor to Samba, called Maxixe (pronounced "ma-sheesh"), was popular around the world in the 1910s.

The name changed to Samba in the 1920s, and the dance gained newfound popularity under this name in the 1940s.


» Forward Basic
» Side Basic
» Turning Basic
» Turning Box
» Botafogo (Cross-Steps)

Travel Steps
» Side Steps
» Promenade
» Vis á Vis (Pattycake)

» Pivots


Here are a few of our favorite Samba tunes, arranged by tempo.

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If you or your community is interested in learning Samba, .

For more dance descriptions, see our three books on dancing:
The Book of Mixers: 100 Easy-Teach Dances for Getting Acquainted (2022) by Richard Powers and Nick & Melissa Enge,
Cross-Step Waltz: A Dancer's Guide (2019) by Richard Powers and Nick & Melissa Enge, and
Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living (2013) by Richard Powers and Nick Enge.

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