Intro To Brazilian Samba Dance for ages 18+


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with Luana Dias David

In this program, dancers learn the quintessential Brazilian samba footwork and flares that are a part of the Brazilian dance heritage. Samba, in particular the Brazilian samba, is a Brazilian musical genre and dance style with its roots in Africa via the West African slave trade and African religious traditions, particularly of Angola and the Congo, through the samba de roda genre of the northeastern state of Bahia, from which it was derived. Although there were various forms of samba in Brazil in the form of various popular rhythms and regional dances that originated from drumming, samba as a music genre was originally seen as a musical expression of urban Rio de Janeiro, then the capital and largest city of Imperial Brazil.
It is recognized around the world as a symbol of Brazil and the Brazilian Carnival. Considered one of the most popular Brazilian cultural expressions, samba has become an icon of Brazilian national identity. The Bahian Samba de Roda (dance circle), which became a UNESCO Heritage of Humanity in 2005, is the main root of the samba carioca, the samba that is played and danced in Rio de Janeiro.

Thursdays, 7:15pm-8:15pm (June 16-August 11). $144 for the full summer session.

Students may attend the first two weeks of class at a drop-in rate ($17 per class). Beginning June 30, registration in the full summer session is required. 

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