Brazil is a country which can boast a very wide repertoire of dances. Having been under the Portuguese rule between 1500 and 1822, many African slaves were brought to work in the fields by the explorers back then. Nowadays, Brazil has evolved to become a place renowned for its culture due to the mix of European and African elements. Its various types of dances are now well known around the world:
Sometimes, you may have attended a party where the host decided to have a Brazilian dance show Sydney for the guests. Most Brazilian dances are very well suited to parties because they are quite fun to observe, being very fast paced and ideally oriented for couple dancing. Below are some popular Brazilian dances:
• Samba – The samba dance is the most well-known out of all the Brazilian dances. The word samba originates from “samba”, a word in the African Bantu Language, which simply means “a man inviting a woman to dance.” True to its name, samba is a popular dance where you perform with a partner, although there exist solo variations as well. Samba is mostly fast paced, and performed to a music of about 100 beats per second. Samba schools have been established in Brazil since the end of the 19th century, and today, it is one of the most recognized dances in the world.
• Capoeira – This dance was originally a form of martial arts in disguise, performed by African slaves who used it to escape slavery. Nowadays, it is enjoyed as a form of dancing, while still remaining true to its martial arts roots. This means that it is a pretty energetic and explosive dance, involving moves such as cartwheels and back-flips among others.
• Forro – This dance is very popular in northeast Brazil. Forro is also normally performed in couples and can be danced to various types of music. A skilled musical band, playing accordions and metal triangles, will often accompany a dancing couple, who can perform very complex-looking moves to anybody that is not familiar to Brazilian dances.
• Carimbo – Carimbo is the name of a dance as well as that of an instrument, a large drum made with a hollow tree trunk covered at both the ends with the skin of a deer. As you can guess, the dance is performed to the beat of the Carimbo drums. The dance itself is centred on a female dancer, who will use a cloth handkerchief as a major dance element. The female dancer will throw the handkerchief to the ground during the dance and the male dancer is actually supposed to pick it with his mouth! The Carimbo is considered a very sensual dance, since it involves many wave like movements of the body, particularly by the female dancer. There is also a more modern variant of Carimbo, called Lambada.