Learn How to Samba
Created in the 19th century, Samba (also known as the Brazilian Waltz) is a Brazilian dance and music genre. Samba is recognized around the world as a symbol of Brazil, and the Brazilian Carnival. The Ballroom style of Samba has many similarities to the original Samba, however a local may feel differently. The Samba has elements of Waltz, Tango, Rumba, and the flashiness of Cha Cha. The rhythm of Samba music is pulsating and catchy, and evokes dancing everywhere it is heard.
Samba is an energetic dance with lots of hip action, and fast footwork danced mainly on the balls of your feet. Strong footwork, balance, and posture are all important for proper Samba dancing. Samba music is often written in 2/4 time with a pulsating beat, and counted as 1-a-2, 3-a-4.
Popular Samba Music
La Isla Bonita – Alizee Lo Que Paso Paso – Daddy Yankee Ain’t It Funny – Jennifer Lopez
Waltz is a Ballroom dance that travels on the dance floor. The Samba borrows many of the travelling patterns from Waltz.
The Cha Cha is a high-energy dance like the Samba. Both of these dance styles are flashy in appearance.
Learning how to Rumba is great for building precise footwork, dancing at a slower tempo than the Samba.