Brazilian Dance

Dance in Brazil is the result of a blend of musical styles from three continents that have evolved and interacted with each other over the course of more than five centuries. Dance is a very integral part of Brazilian culture, and typically involves high-energy, all-night affairs where music and dance is enjoyed by all, young and old alike.
..........................................................................................................................................

Brazilian Samba Dancer
Brazil is known for a wide variety of dance styles, including samba, pagode, choro, tropicalia, and bossa nova. However, the most important dance in Brazil, and the one that has captivated the imagination of the world, is the frenetic samba.
..........................................................................................................................................
Samba
..........................................................................................................................................

Samba is a dance that originated in the blending of West African and Indoamerican traditions. The Bahian Samba de Roda (dance circle), is the basis for the samba carioca, the style encountered in Rio de Janeiro. Samba features a 2/4 beat traditionally played by stringed instruments such as the guitar and the cavaquinho, and percussion elements.

..........................................................................................................................................

While the samba dance is in 2/4 time, it incorporates 3 steps in every bar, giving it more of a 3/4 feel. Samba is not one single dance, but rather a set of various styles. One of the most important styles is the samba no pe, which features a straight body, and bending one knee at a time.

Typically, one foot moves to the outisde, lifting up just before the first beat. The samba no pe is the style most tradtionally associated with Carnaval. Other important styles include the samba de gafieira, samba pagode, and the samba axe.

..........................................................................................................................................
Other Dances
..........................................................................................................................................

Brazilian Tropicali Band

Brazilians are likely to be encountered dancing to all styles of music, and while samba is the most characteristic and popular music to dance to in Brazil, tropicalia is a wildly popular dance style as well, incorporating jazz, funk, blues, and rock, with more traditional Brazilian musical elements such as bossa nova and samba.
..........................................................................................................................................

Musica Popular Brasileira (MPB) refers to music created after the bossa nova era, and typically incorporates a wide variety of traditional African rhythms, as well as funk and blues.
..........................................................................................................................................
=>  To dance MPB, check out Jorge Ben Jor's landmark album Africa Brasil.
..........................................................................................................................................

Tell us what you think!

Tell us what you think!

0
    Login With Facebook   or:  
  • No comments found

Additional information

You are now being logged in using your Facebook credentials