Brazil is the home of carnivals, beaches, football, capoeira, beautiful women…and Samba. With this dance it’s all about the rhythm. When a great piece of Samba music is playing loud you should feel it right in your soul and even if you haven’t learned all moves, you’ll want dance all day and night. If you don’t feel that even just a little bit, check your pulse because there’s a good chance that you may already be dead.
With Samba you’ve got to dance down into the ground moving the body and especially rolling the hips more that you ever thought that you could. It can sometimes be a bit tricky to get going when your first learning this dance but you’ll soon get the hang of it and settle into the rhythm. Once past the initial stages the Samba often becomes one the favourite dance styles that anyone learns.
At Phoenix Dance Studio we teach international Samba which brings it into a partnered rather than solo dance style. Samba being yet another dance that evolved as it moved around the world without losing sight of it’s origins.
Although it’s history stretches way back, it originally gained worldwide popularity during the 1930’s and 40’s and the musical heritage of Samba continues to be used by hip-hop artists in Brazil today. It’s such an integral part of Brazilian national identity that it’s on Unesco’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.