Samba Dance

Samba Dance Studios

Samba DanceSamba is a sizzling hot Brazilian dance that is known to be Brazil's native dance. Like the Capoeira, the Samba was brought to Brazil by the African slaves.

The Samba dance is strongly connected to the Brazilian carnival, where the Samba is performed in an act of celebration and joy by the people of the Rio. Brazilian Samba can be danced solo or with a partner, though in Brazil it is mostly danced solo.

Samba dancing was not widely recognized or made a ballroom dance until the early 1940's, when America really began to catch on to the Samba craze. Samba music is very upbeat and lively, and has a distinctive rhythm of "quick, quick, slow, and," with the footwork being a very fast, three-step weight change.

The most important aspect of Samba is the very slight bounce in the knee and down through the ankles; this bouncing is very subtle and the mark of a good Sambista is one who manages this motion without exaggeration.

Samba is a dramatic Latin dance, with exaggerated head tosses, arm extensions, fast turns, and a few acrobatic-like tricks that gives the Samba its spicy flair. It is a beautiful dance to watch, and extremely fun to learn. Samba is offered at practically any Latin or Ballroom dance studio across the United States, and is commonly danced competitively world-wide.