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The Brazilian Arts Foundation is proud to present a variety of classes for the 2017 Brazilian Dance & Music Conference below; from Samba de Gafieira to Capoeira, Brazilian Percussion to Zouk and signature dances like Samba no Pé, we hope you will find great classes to have a wonderful weekend of fun and learning!
All classes are open to all levels for adults and children 13 years old and up!
*Video Courtesy of Chris Brasil & Paulinha Penteado)
It’s a partner dance from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that evolved as a ballroom dance to the Brazilian samba musical rhythms. The term ‘Gafieira’ means “low dancing resort, gaff, honky-tonk” or “dance festivity frequented by the lower classes.” This is probably due to the fact that the Gafieira Samba was originally danced at cabarets near the red light district area in Rio. Later in the decade, it began to slowly climb its way up in society, eventually working its way all the way up to celebrities and some of the wealthiest people in town!
(pronounced foh-ho) is a lively dance style that has its origins in Northeast Brazil. Couples dance together (‘coladinho’), heads and hips often touching, spinning and skipping in a close embrace. Forró encompasses various dance styles as well as a number of different musical beats. This music genre has gained widespread popularity in all regions of Brazil, and is closely associated with Brazilian June Festivals, such as Saint John‘s day.
Samba no pé (literally, “samba in the foot”) is a solo dance that is commonly danced impromptu when samba music is played. The basic movement involves a straight body and a bending of one knee at a time. The feet move very slightly – only a few inches at a time. The rhythm is 2/4, with 3 steps per measure. It can be thought of as a step-ball-change. It can be described calling it and-a-one, and-a-two, then back to one. The basic movement is the same to either side, where one foot moves to the outside lifting up just before the first beat (i.e. the right leg moves slightly to the right) and leg is kept as straight as a pole. The other foot moves slightly towards the front, and closer to the first foot. The second leg bends lightly at the knee so that the left side of the hip lowers and the right side appears to move higher. The weight is shifted to this inside foot briefly for the next “and-a”, then shifted back to the outside foot on the “two”, and the same series of actions is repeated towards the other side. Read More…
*Video courtesy of Ivo Vieira and Shani Zouk
Brazilian Zouk is a dance that developed from the Brazilian dance Lambada. The dance is now combined with a variety of music, including Caribbean Zouk music, which is how the dance came to be known as Zouk.
The word lambada refers to a whip motion, which is the motion created by the body when dancing lambada. Read More…
Dance & Martial Arts Classes:
Capoeira is the national treasure of Brazil; a unique Afro-Brazilian martial art, Capoeira is played in a ‘roda,’ or circle, between two players.
The game challenges physical agility and coordination, as well as strategy and interaction. Students learn the physical art, as well as how to play music (an essential component of the game) on a variety of instruments used in the roda, and to sing and speak in Portuguese.
All of these skills add to the expressive and creative nature of Capoeira.
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