Samba de Gafieira / Traditional
The Samba de Gafieira is a musical genre and a dance that has its origin derived from rhythms and melodies that has African roots like the batuque and the lundu. The steps of this dance are accompanied by a song that is played by string and percussion instruments. Gafieira had an influence of the American orchestras after World War II and began to use instruments of the fashion like trumpets and trombones. When one thinks of gafieira in general we remember Rio de Janeiro, however, this type of samba exists in all Brazil and around the world. One of the main characteristics to be observed in the Samba de Gafieira style is the attitude of the dancer towards his lady: trickery, protection, exposure to elegance and rhythm.
Within the Samba rhythm of Gafieira there is a style "condemned" by many that is the Samba Funkeado of Master creator Jimmy de Oliveira. The style differs from traditional and old samba by bringing a whole innovation of body scheme, didactics, musicality, counting, music, movements and dynamics. Funkeado is influenced by hip hop, jazz and other styles and is constantly evolving.
A beautiful and more sensual style which allows a lot of freedom of movement. It's a style where you use your whole body to lead/follow movements. This style is becoming very popular worldwide and is danced to many top 40 tracks. There are a number of substyles in zouk such as the flow, black, lambada and urban styles so there are always new challenges. In zouk your connection with your partner is like no other as you use multiple body parts to lead your follower rather than just your hands and traditional frame.
There are several opinions about the origin of the bolero. According to some historians the bolero would have originated in Europe, in Spain. Originally danced with soft movements, the bolero then went on to be performed in more rhythmic and eventually faster steps. The combination with the rhythms of each country where it was diffused led to the bolero evolving differently according to the place where it was played. It is a slower style and popular in many countries as the dance and music continues to evolve. It's a great choice for a wedding dance.
Forró is music, but it is also dance. Siamese twins, one depends on the other to reach aesthetics and sensorial intentions. Both are responsible for the cozy atmosphere of the party. Like the music and sounds, forró as a dance also offers variations, with depends on the spaces and influences received. The basic dance step for most of the forró rhythms is known by "dois pra lá e dois pra cá”, that means "two, two" - two steps to one side and two steps to the other side. Two forward and two back. Right, right, left, left. From this base, variation of turns, pauses and other movements can be added - but always keeping the same basic step rhythm division of the "two, two". Based on the European influence (like the June quadrilles), when the gentleman leads the lady.
Salsa is a syncretic dance form with origins from Cuba as the meeting point of Spanish (European) and African cultures.
Salsa is normally a partner dance, although there are recognized solo forms such as solo dancing "suelta" and "Rueda de Casino" where multiple couples exchange partners in a circle. Salsa can be improvised or performed with a set routine.
Salsa is popular throughout Latin America as well as in North America, Europe, Australia, and some countries in Asia and the Middle East. It is fast becoming a global phenomenon.
Bachata is a style of dance that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is danced widely all over the world but not identically.
The basics to the dance are three-step with a Cuban hip motion, followed by a tap including a hip movement on the 4th beat. The knees should be slightly bent so the performer can sway the hips easier. The movement of the hips is very important because it’s a part of the soul of the dance. Generally, most of the dancer’s movement is in the lower body up to the hips, and the upper body moves much less.
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Samba no Pé
Translates to Samba in the feet and is danced without a partner. This vibrant style will have you laughing, moving and feeling amazing in no time!! It is also an incredible workout as you learn different footwork and how to move faster to the beat. Suitable for men and women. Brazilian Carnaval Dance.
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