Samba

Samba

Sometimes called the South American Waltz, the Samba pulsates to a unique Latin rhythm. Samba is very unique in its vertically bouncing movement, and extremely prevalent hip movement. Samba is exciting to learn and will give you a real work out on the dance floor as well.

Samba lessons will improve the flexibility of the body and help achieve easy movement and lightness. The Samba rolling action teaches the body to be supple. To move lightly, quickly and smoothly without effort takes study but only at the start. Although considered a good exercise, Samba lessons should be danced smoothly and in a relaxed manner giving the appearance of effortless movement. Etobicoke Samba lessons will help you master the techniques.

 History

It is a lively, rhythmical dance, also sometimes referred to as a Carioca, a Baion or a Batucado. This national dance of Brazil became the rage of its society in the 1930′s but began as an exhibition dance in Paris in 1905. Movie star & singer Carmen Miranda, is credited with making the dance popular in the U.S. in the early 1940′s.

Characteristics

Walking steps and side steps are the basic components of our Samba lessons in Etobicoke. The major characteristic of the Samba is the vertical bounce action. Steps are taken using the ball of the foot. Knee action along with body sway and “pendulum motion”, in the accomplished dancer, is made to look effortless and carefree. The style is to bounce steadily and smoothly in 2/4 meter.

Music

Today’s Samba music (the music we use at Arthur Murray) is influenced by Jazz and Latin rhythms. It is written in 2/4 or 4/4 time. The music is festive and fast paced with a sound associated with Rio’s Carnival. The basic count is “Slow a Slow” or “1 & 2″.

Samba songs and artists include:

  • One Note Samba, by Antonio Carlos Jobim
  • Macarena, by Los Del Rio
  • Copacabana, by Barry Manilow
  • Quando, Quando, Quando, by Engelbert Humperdinck

If you’re interested in other Latin ballroom dance lessonsSalsa lessonsTango lessonsMambo dance lessonsRumba dance lessonsMerengue dance lessons, or Cha Cha dance lessons may be for you!

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