Brazilian Samba dance is considered to be ‘Afro-Brazilian’ in origin and is a renowned and very sensual dance style. This ‘Latin American’ dance is said to have originated during the 16th century from Brazil. This Brazilian Samba dance form does not consist of a set template, and hence basically comprises of different styles that minutely vary from each other. The various forms of “Samba” are Samba No Pe, Samba De Gafieira, Samba Pagode, Samba Axe, Samba Reggae, Samba Rock, and Samba Rode.

a. Samba Dance Origin and History:

This dance form was created during the 16th century when “slave trading” between Africa and Latin America was at its peak. It is thus the influx of large number of Africans into the Brazilian society that led to samba eventually being created. Apparently, the major elements included in this style of dancing have been mainly derived from dances belonging to countries such as Angola and Congo.

b. Costumes used in the Samba Dance:

Samba dancers performing the popular form of Samba (i.e. Samba No Pe) wear Samba dance costumes which are extremely colourful and minimalistic and includes a headgear, shoulder pads, and heavy boots. The Samba dance costumes would in-fact be one of the most vibrant and sensual across all dance forms.

c. Music involved in the Samba Dance:

The music for Samba dance involves musical instruments like the cuicas, tambourines, frying pans played with metal sticks, flutes, and guitars. There are various music and songs for the samba dance easily available online.

d. Training availability and technique involved in the Samba Dance:

If you are looking for how to dance Samba and the Samba dance technique, the popular form of Samba (i.e. Samba No Pe) comprises of a basic body movement that requires the performer to maintain an erect body posture while bending one knee at a time. The feet need to move only slightly (i.e. only a few inches at a time). Furthermore, the performer is expected to dance to the rhythm of the music being played, with the pace varying from about average to rapid.  In this dance, the men are also supposed to dance by placing their entire feet on the ground, while women dance wearing high heeled shoes thereby not placing entire feet on the ground.

To get to learn the Samba Dance, there are schools and centres available in Brazil in Rio De Janerio and many cities in the United States which provide the Samba dance training. Many people enrol for Samba dance lessons for performing this esoteric and sensual dance during the famous ‘Rio Carnival’.

e. How to dance the Samba (Samba dancing Basic tutorial video for beginners):

The following 3 videos show the basic steps of the Samba dance explaining how to do the samba dance. All these 3 YouTube channels provide extensive tutorials covering the basics of Samba dancing for beginners.

  1. Sambaliscious
  2. Ballroom with Alexey
  3. Passion4dancing

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