1. ShyDancer

    ShyDancer New Member

    :lol: :lol:

    Ive always wondered about Bossa Nova myself.... I have a CD and one of them has a track thats says its Boss Nova.
  2. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    When I'm dancing to a bossa nova, I always think," step, step, step, bounce." Not that my thought process helps any, LOL, but that's what's in my mind. And each step is more like a southern US step. Slow and deliberate. Not a New York step (fast, fast, fast!) Bossa Nova takes its time. It's pretty seductive that way. Slow and deliberate. Hmm. 8) :wink:
  3. cocodrilo

    cocodrilo New Member

    I was pretty much doing a Cuban side-step to the music, and a bachata could be done also!
    Up until now, I'd been playing Bossa Nova as BGM for dinner parties, but listening to it at home alone, it tends to put me to sleep... :?
  4. MacMoto

    MacMoto Active Member

    When a DJ friend of mine (who also dances) played a Bossa Nova one night, I asked him to show me how to dance to it. He told me that it was basically a slow, relaxed samba. I can't remember exactly, but it was another "three steps to the four beats" dance, like salsa and bachata, but I was told to add a bounce to it (unlike salsa).
  5. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Yup. The fourth beat is a soft bounce in place. It's a very romantic dance, IMHO. 8)
  6. Mitzi

    Mitzi New Member

    What is the Bossa Nova

    Hey something in Cocodrilo's post in another forum lead me to start this post... I am a huge ELVIS fan, and I love the song "Bossa Nova" and it has a beat that drives me straight to dance... but in the southern united states I find that ballroom dancing is limited, and I can find no one who can tell me what the Bossa Nova dance is??? People say they have seen it but what is it?? Closer to Swing or Samba?? What beats??? Please clue me in!!!!
  7. DWise1

    DWise1 Well-Known Member

    Gee, I haven't heard that dance mentioned since the mid-60's when it was made popular by groups like Brazil '66 (who introduced Girl from Ipanema to the US, as I recall).

    A dance of Brazilian origin (I'm fairly sure), popular in the mid 1960's. For more information, you would need to Google [http://www.google.com].

    From swingstreet.com's Dance History Archives [http://www.streetswing.com/histmain/z3bossa.htm]:
    The site also lists several resources, including several movies that featured it and this section:
  8. DancePoet

    DancePoet Well-Known Member

    This is very coincidental, But I ahev Bossa Nova Music on in the background as I write! And now I can dance the basic Bossa Nova to it! Cool! 8)

    Thanks DWise1!
  9. MacMoto

    MacMoto Active Member

  10. cocodrilo

    cocodrilo New Member

    Apparently there's even a dance! The bossa nova itself is a type of music- very smooth & seductive. Our band does Ipanema, the theme from "Black Orpheus" , Desafinado(both English jazz & Portugese bossa nova versions) Manha de Carnival and several others. I'm hoping we will learn "Mas que Nada" which is a hip samba tune that has hto jazz undertones! Gotta get people to dance! 8)
  11. Mitzi

    Mitzi New Member


    Thanks everyone, that helped alot...I love being able to bounce ideas off other people that love dance!
  12. Purr

    Purr Well-Known Member

    What Is Bossa Nova?

    What is bossa nova, as a style of dance?
  13. cornutt

    cornutt Well-Known Member

    I think it would fall under the general category of American Rhythm, having migrated into America from pre-Castro Cuba along with rumba, cha-cha, bolero, etc. Having said that, I'll have to admit that I know only a very little bit about it.

    I do know that it was popular in the U.S. in the '50s and early '60s. I remember my parents having some bossa nova music, and practicing the steps in our living room, circa 1963. I'm not sure why it died out, other than the decline in the popularity of ballroom dancing in general that occurred in the late '60s.
  14. Porfirio Landeros

    Porfirio Landeros New Member

    Where's BlackSheep when we need him?
  15. mummsie

    mummsie Member

    Bosa Nova is taught here in Australia in a few of the 'Street Latin' type studios. Its quite a simple dance - basically just a side together side together to one side and then one side together the other. The guys basically just to this step and get the lady to do different sorts of turns. Its a good club type dance. mummsie
  16. As for as I know, Bossa Nova is from Brasil and has nothing to do with Cuba. Never heard it in Cuba, either.

    All the Bossa Nova music I have ever heard is from Brasil. I am not an expert in Brasilian music, though.
  17. Laura

    Laura New Member

    I never even knew that Bossa Nova was a dance -- I always thought it was a style of Brazillian music. My dad used to listen to Sergio Mendez and Brasil '66 when I was a kid. We had it on reel-to-reel tape!! And then there's my favorite, Antonio Carlos Joabim. "The Waters of March" is one of the best songs on planet Earth. Love it.
  18. Shooshoo

    Shooshoo New Member

    I also thought that too?
  19. bjp22tango

    bjp22tango Active Member

    Bossa Nova was originally the music, from Brazil. I always think of it as a mello jazz samba, probably because Stan Getz had such influencial albums.

    The Girl from Ipanema is a Bossa Nova, as is Desafinado, which most people should have heard, at least in the US.

    Whenever a music style is popular someone will put a dance to it, or more than one.

    Here is a link to Joe Lanza's website (Black Sheep) where he describes making up choreography to the Bossa Nova. http://www.lindybylanza.com/
  20. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

    Well, just blame it on the Bossa Nova!

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