Formation: Facing lines of people with the men on the cuer’s left and the ladies on the cuer’s right.
Extra people of any one gender should join either line keeping them about equal.
Music: “Blame it on the Bossa Nova” on Columbia ZSP 58838
Download RTF file: Bossa Nova
29-32 Side Close Up;
1-4 Side Close Down;
5-8 Side Close Out;
9-12 Side Close In;
13-16 – Charleston;
17-20 – – again;
21-24 Step Touch In;
25-28 Cross over and Turn;
29-32 Side Close Up;
1-4 Dancers start with the foot on the side nearest to the head of the hall, and do a Side, Close, Side, Touch toward the head of the hall.
5-8 Dancers use their free foot and do a Side, Close, Side, Touch toward the foot of the hall. On the last step, face the head of the hall.
9-12 Dancers start with the foot on the side away from the center of the two parallel lines, and do a Side, Close, Side, Touch. The two lines should be moving away from each other.
13-16 Dancers use their free foot and do a Side, Close, Side, Touch moving toward the other line. On the last step, each dancer faces their partner across the set.
17-20 Dancers start with the foot on the side nearest the head of the hall (foot A), step forward on foot “A” and touch the toe of the opposite foot (foot B) to the floor in front of foot “A”. Step back on foot “B” and touch foot “A” to the floor behind foot “B” (Charleston step).
21-24 Repeat 17-20.
25-28 Dancers start with foot “A”, step forward and touch foot “B” beside foot “A”. Step forward on foot “B” and touch foot “A” beside foot “B” (Step, Touch, Step, Touch moving forward). Facing dancers should pass right shoulders as they cross the center line.
29-32 Dancers continue forward with another Step, Touch, and then take two steps turning half around to face their partner across the set and ready to begin again. The two lines will have exchanged sides of the hall and the dancers should have the foot towards the head of the hall free ready to move toward the head.
Choreography by: Bob and Allynn Riggs, Denver, Colorado
Source: Printed in CDP Journal, July 1996
Usage: This is a variation on an old line dance called the Bossa Nova.
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