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Botofogo and Triples

Say what?!?!?

But before we panic – just think about what we learned on Monday and you will be fine!

Botofogo (or Boto- fogo)

This is a dance step in Samba but is used in various other styles too.

It is a step taken across the body, for example on the right foot, with a flat foot. Then followed by a “ball change” movement onto the left foot using a side step with a little weight transfer. Then step back onto the right foot – flat footed.

Triplet

It is a 3 part step done in two counts – 1 and 2. The first two steps are quicker than the third, on the beats “one and” and the final step slower on the 3 beat or count 2.

A step ball change can be a triplet, as can a botofogo.

It is the counts that are important for this step so getting your children to udnerstand the music and its beats is key.

Musicality

To help them understand the counts – start listening to different types of music and clap along to the basic beat -“1,2,3,4” – try it with faster and slower tracks.

Then try clapping “1,&,2,&,3,&,4,&” these are the half beats so in a 4 beat bar you clap 8 times.

Then try mixing it up with “1,&,2,3,&,4” so you clap the rhythm of a triplet (quick, quick, slow)