Merengue Dancers, If you like the Merengue, allow me to share with you a dance you will love. The BOSSA NOVA. This dance has the longest basic step in the history of dance being extended to 32 Quarter beats or one complete phrase of music. Begin on initial Phrase of music: BOSSA NOVA BASIC STEP (step on all Quarter beats) MAN's Part in closed Position (Like Merengue). 3 side steps to Left, tap with rt ft on count of 4; 3 side steps to right, starting with rt ft, tap on 4 with lt ft; 7 side steps to the left, starting with lt ft, tap on 8 with rt ft; 3 side steps to the right, starting on rt ft, tap on 4 with lt ft; 3 side steps to the left starting on the left foot, tap on 4 with rt ft; 7 side steps to the right starting with rt ft, tap on 8 with lt ft. You have completed the Basic Step in Bossa Nova (32 Q Beats) STYLING: Lose hips flexible body with Salsa action or jazz moves, Shorty George Style; VARIATIONS: Use the 7 count steps for all the following moves: individual turns, rocking in rotation in either direction, or traveling forward and backward, Separate and back away from each other and then return on the 7's, In closed position open up on 7's turning back to back; You get the idea! NOTE: Just keep those 32 beat steps in sequence (MISS A STEP & YOU ARE OUT OF PHRASING) and start at the beginning of a BOSSA NOVA phrase and you will be choreographing your own 'Routine' like any experienced Professional. Black Sheep 'The Creator of the Bossa Nova Dance' Joe Lanza 1962 a.d.