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Brazilian Samba

Samba is a joyful, rhythmical dance that was created by African slaves in Brazil who brought their music and dance traditions into the new world when they were broght to the portuguese colony in the 16th century. Samba music has also been influenced by other Latin American and european music traditions. Samba is the national dance of Brazil, and reaches the height of its importance during the festivities of Carnaval. It has many variations and derivations such as Pagode, Lambada, Gafieira, Bahiana, Carioca, and Capoeira. Although the Rio de Janeiro and Salvador de Bahia carnival styles, are the most renowned, not one of these different dances can claim to be the original or truest style of samba.

Samba is a freestyle dance that is usually improvised according to the samba music that is played. It can vary from a sensual, Bossa Nova rhythm to very fast batucada music. Men dance with the whole foot on the ground, rotating their heels while women, often wearing high-heeled shoes, dance just on the balls of the foot.

Samba is a great dance to improve overall fitness, musicality, improvisation and self-confidence. The joyful music and care-free attitude that characterize it make it one of the most fun dances to learn.