The Samba has never been exactly defined; it’s as fluid as the pelvic movements that keep it hot. Although originated in Africa, the Samba is considered a timeless Brazilian dance — it’s been performed at Carnival for almost a century and many variations are danced at the local Carnival in Rio. Ballroom Samba, otherwise known as Carioca Samba, differs from its Brazilian roots with a more stylized ballroom movement but is still known for its strong pelvic motions.
Occasionally known as the South American Waltz, the Samba drums to a distinct Latin beat. It’s known to increase physical flexibility and helps you move more gracefully. Although considered good exercise, Samba should be danced smoothly and in a relaxed manner, giving the look of effortless movement.
The International Latin Ballroom style of Samba is an energetic, rhythmic dance with small details from the original Brazilian Samba. The Samba used today in competitive dance is influenced by the original Brazilian dance, but has developed separately from its traditional movements into its own unique style.
For students interested in learning the Samba, get ready for a fun, rhythmic dance with creative steps and style — many of today's most popular Samba songs offer strong bass notes and upbeat tempo. Contact us to learn how you can start dancing Samba.