Samba Dance Lessons

Samba is originally a Latin dance, most famously danced in Brazil and has gained worldwide popularity. The Brazilian Samba is very different from the traditional ballroom version, since it is designed for a Carnivale setting. With a casual and festive combination of steps, the Brazilian Samba flows as naturally as the dancers at block parties in Rio de Janeiro. The ballroom Samba is adapted for a ballroom setting, calling for more polished steps with sharper and more exaggerated body movements. Although the ballroom dance takes its roots from the celebrated Carioca dance we know today, any Brazilian native who watches a ballroom performance will tell you that it is different from Samba that they watched and danced during their childhood.

Samba has a very specific rhythm that is easily identifiable by typical Brazilian musical instruments: the tamborim, chocalho, reco-reco, and cabaça. Much of Samba music came from daily life in Rio with the first recorded example being “Pelo Telefone,” composed by Donga and Mauro de Almeida in 1917. Also known as the Brazilian Waltz, it’s now a popular ballroom dance, usually limited to experienced ballroom dancers due to its speed and the difficulty of executing the steps with precision.

Call (201) 881-6434 today to schedule Samba classes at Ventura Dance Center!

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