The national dance of Brazil became the rage of its society in the 1930’s but began as an exhibition dance in Paris in 1905. Movie star and singer Carmen Miranda, is credited with making the dance popular in the U.S. in the early 1940’s.
Walking steps and side steps are the basic components of Samba. The major characteristic of the Samba is the vertical bounce action. Steps are taken using the ball of the foot. Knee action along with body savvy and “pendulum motion”, in the accomplished dancer, is made to look effortless and carefree.