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Re: Samba
Posted by anymouse
5/15/2012  8:59:00 PM
"I don't thing that there is such a dance "American Samba"."

You actually will see it on at least the pro/am entry forms for many competitions, typically along with Argentine tango, night club something or other, hustle, etc. That seems like it's probably a case of "if people will buy, who are we to refuse to sell?" But it's very much a 2nd class citizen compared to the five competitive rhythm dances (though every now and then someone tries to organize a campaign to replace a few of the recognized dances with different ones).
Re: Samba
Posted by Jonathan Atkinson
5/15/2012  11:01:00 PM
There are a couple of reasons we don't yet have American Samba.

As others have mentioned, it's considered a peripheral dance in the American style. And since the videos are very expensive and time-consuming to produce, we have to focus on the dances with the greatest demand first. American Samba is fairly low down on the list (following at least 5 or 6 other dances, including Hustle, Merengue, Nightclub 2-Step, Argentine Tango and even possibly Bossa Nova), but that's not to say it won't ever happen.

Another reason American Samba is not a priority is because there is so much overlap in the syllabus with it's international counterpart. The two Sambas share a good 90% of their syllabus patterns (and 100% of their technique) in common, so it's not a particularly wise use of resources for such redundancy. However, one idea that's been floated is to have Mark and Viola (our Int'l Samba dancers) fill in the remaining 5-10 American Samba patterns, which could be done very quickly and inexpensively. Then we could re-brand the overlapping patterns and call it a dance. Might work as an interim solution...

Regards,
Jonathan Atkinson
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