Time for an aerobic challenge? The Instructors will get you moving while introducing the basics of different Brazilian Dance styles with visualization and warm-up exercises, creative movement, rhythm, and music. Brazilian Dance provides a rigorous cardiovascular workout and students will explore the arts and tradition of Brazilian beats. Bear in mind that in Brazil dance is something really spontaneous and which may happen at almost any time, and so during the class we try to build an environment of inclusion, where the opportunity to learn is given to all, without needing to fear making mistakes. For this reason, even if they have never danced, the participant will readily feel already part of what’s going on, since most of the time the collective rhythm is more important than any individual step. Moreover, one of the classes’ objectives is to build confidence! Technique, however, is not forgotten. Through the class the students will be trained to develop corporal expression, rhythmic perception and motor coordination, acquiring or widening in this way better control of and extension of their movements, as well as the capacity to improvise. Best of all – Brazilian Dance is heaps of fun – de-stress, relax and move your body!
was first created by the afro slaves of Brazil’s colonial era. This style focuses on the dances of the Orixás – traditionally as part of ritual dance for the Yoruba gods of North-East Brazil. Afro-Brazilian dance is based on the idea of receiving energy from the earth. Some dances based on the following:
A dramatic dance which originated in the sugar cane plantations of Bahia danced by the slaves to celebrate a good harvest. Maculelê, due to its potential for violence, was also used as a means of defense by slaves against their owners. This dance uses short sticks or machetes and is danced with a group of 2 to 20 people. Maculelê is based on traditionally drumming and singing.
Puxada de Rede (Fishermans Dance):
Still seen on the beaches of Bahia, in which Iemanjá, the Goddess of the sea, is invoked by the fishermen and their wives who, through their dances and songs, ask for an abundant catch. Puxada de Rede is based on choreographed movements – starts slow and picks up speed as the dance progresses.
Brazil’s national dance, Samba has developed distinct styles and diversity of steps varying from state to state. Depending on the local population, Brazil’s melting pot of cultures – African, Indigenous and European all adopted Samba adding their own cultural and regional influences. Here are the most popular Samba styles:
Samba de Roda:
The most popular dance in Bahia. A unique style of Samba from North-East of Brazil that developed alongside Capoeira. The vigorous drumming and energy of the Capoeira Roda continued after the games with the women entering to Samba inside in the Roda – danced with lots of theatrics and cheeky tricks, men and women contest for each others attention – lots of hips and bums in this dance!
Samba de Mulata:
The famous Samba of Rio de Janeiro – Carnival Style! This Samba is more individual style – think of Rio Carnival parades, live drum beats, amazing costumes and a sweaty workout!
The most recent form of popular music to appear in Bahia, Samba Reggae is a fusion of Afro-Bahian rhythms such as afoxé, ijexá, and samba duro with a definite Caribbean reggae influence and twist. Olodum and the famous artists Paul Simon and Michael Jackson promoted this new rhythm to the world. Samba Reggae is a great opportunity for participants to relieve tensions through relaxed and chilled dance moves.
A contemporary Afro-Bahian pop style, Axé is Brazil’s hottest rhythm and extremely popular throughout Carnival. Axé has easy to learn choreographed steps for beginners and some great tricks and new moves for advanced dancers.
Based on the traditional Lambada – Lambaeróbica is freestyle with a great aerobic workout. With a great rhythm – swaying hips, spinning, head twisting and lots of arms. Will help you build confidence as an individual dancer.
Funk uses the sexy moves based on Rio’s famous funk music – with rapid beats and deep aggro vocals. Brazilian funk is a group dance, fantastic choreographed steps, body rolls, interpretation of the latest funk music of Brazil. Highly recommended for girls and guys! Everyone feels great after a funk class.