Dance Styles

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Current Classes:

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Samba de Gafieira

Samba de Gafieira is an elegant partner ballroom dance based on the samba musical rhythm, though it is quite different from International Ballroom Samba. It can be danced to various types of samba rhythms; the most appropriate ones being Bossa Nova, Choro or Samba Canção. This beautiful dance has created its own identity after much influence from other dance styles such as Tango and Bolero. It originated in the 1930s as a social dance in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and through the years it has evolved to becoming a samba style that is known for its grace and cheeky playfulness!

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Bolero

A dance of love, there are two versions in regards to the origins of Bolero. One is that it originated in Spain, while the other maintains that it appeared in Cuba and was later popularized in Mexico. In Brazil, Bolero was heavily influenced by Tango, hence many turns, crosses and other variations were added. This slow, smooth and romantic dance has established its own style in Brazil, which is quite different from International Ballroom Bolero.

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Forró

Forró was born in the northeast of Brazil, from a mixture of African and European influences. Originally, it was characterized by the sound of the accordion, zabumba (a type of drum), triangle and the concertina, but now in Brazil the modern Forró – Forró Universitário – is known to have added electronic instruments. This simple two-step dance is danced by couples who hold each other closely and elaborate with turns and variations.

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Zouk

Zouk is a sensual dance which was developed in the Brazilian tourist town of Porto Seguro, Bahia, Brazil and the Caribbean during the 1980′s. Zouk has been influenced by English, French and African culture to create a beautiful dance fusion which has been embraced by the rest of the world. There are two different forms of Zouk that are practiced: Caribbean Zouk, which is felt in 2/2time; and Brazilian Lambada-Zouk, which utilizes 4/4 signature with beats on 1,3 and 4. The word Zouk means ‘party’ in the native Creole language.

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Samba no Pé

Samba is a Brazilian dance and musical genre originated in Bahia (Brazil) and with its roots in Africa via the West African slave trade and African religious traditions. It is recognized around the world as a symbol of Brazil and the Brazilian Carnival. It is considered one of the most popular Brazilian cultural expressions and has a very specific rhythm, highlighted to its best by characteristic Brazilian musical instruments. Samba no Pe is the type of Samba one seen in the Brazilian Carnival parades and in other Samba carnivals over the world and is a very happy, elegant, high-energy and sensual dance .

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Zumba

Zumba is a dance-based fitness class that uses a fusion of Latin and International rhythms with easy-to-follow moves. It includes both cardio  and resistance training components designed to tone and sculpt the entire body. It is designed for adults of all ages and fitness levels.

 

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