Dance

Dances and Rhythms of the North North Brazil is a cultural treasure chest. One of the enriching aspects is the presence of genuine natives: indigenous peoples. Their tribal culture is remarkably ritualistic, and pays particular homage to both the mystic and the divine. Their lives are often governed by the elements, and other sanctities of nature. Besides the natives, people of African decent also have a strong influence in the region. Their dances, propelled by the sturdy beat of their drums, quickly annul any fears of endangered heritage or tradition in Brazil, but rather evoke a new energy and verve…

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The energetic rhythms and colourful dances of the Northeast are in a class of their own Northeast Brazil is a region steeped in history, and the birthplace of some of the more prominent cultural traits of a nation, many of which have significant historical roots. Baião Baião, the rhythmic formula that spawned a rage of music genres, including forró, is played using an accordion, an agogo and a triangle. It remains a strong influence on today’s musicians, owing to its binary composition. The accompanying dance, in pairs, consists of steps called balanceios, heel steps, crouches and spins. Traditional attire for…

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Anglo-Brazilian Society is inviting everybody to a Samba Workshop to learn about the history of Samba and experience a real samba lesson. There will also be a live demonstration of the instruments used in Samba by a professional intrumentalist and a dance performed by a Samba dancer. Members Free Non Members £5 (Payments done via paypal: absanglobraziliansociety@gmail.com) RSVP: absanglobraziliansociety@gmail.com When: Tuesday, 22 August, 6.30pm-9pm Where: Embassy of Brazil in London – 14-16 Cockpur Street, London SW1Y 5BL

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Join the biggest and wildest outdoor camping forró event this year in the UK  With a massive field for camping, 3 different spaces for dancing and a range of scrumptious veggie and meat snacks and meals served all day; Forró Fest UK is the place to be on the August Bank Holiday weekend! Forró Fest have confirmed a packed schedule of workshops, live music, artists from all over the world and activities to have you oozing with dancing glee from Friday to Monday, check it out here. Some new activities this year include Kizomba, Contemporary dance, the wonderful folk dance, Mazurka, and a forró…

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Sisters Grimm presents a story about a spirit that originates from the Amazon River that goes in search of a cure for its sister, who is on the brink of death. Although mesmerized by the surrounding natural beauty, her eyes soon register the extent of the devastating deforestation. Narrated by Jeremy Irons, the performance boasts the participation of 15 dancers, singers and musicians. The choreography is a mix of ballet, contemporary dance and Brazilian capoeira, whilst the music was composed in collaboration with Olodum percussionists. It is a magical show that blends music and dance to represent the true spirit…

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IN EVERY REGION, IN EVERY STATE, THE BRAZILIAN PEOPLE HAVE THEIR OWN DISTINCT CULTURES, TRADITIONS AND CELEBRATIONS. CHECK TEHM OUT! The world’s greatest spectacle! That might just be the best definition of Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival.  Carnival originated in ancient Rome and then was revamped by Christianity to always begin on the day of the epiphany and run through to Ash Wednesday, the eve of Lent. It is known for its festivals, incorporating many pagan rituals and customs, and for the freedom of self-expression. In the past it was known as Shrovetide, in Latin introis, which means “entrance”. At the…

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National Samba Day is celebrated in Brazil on 2 December; Samba is known all over the world as the musical style which best sums up the Brazilians’ joie de vivre. Samba first originated in Brazil, thanks to the country’s African descendants, who mixed together the influences of their traditional dances with regional Brazilian rhythms such as the maxixe and xote, among others, creating a new musical style full of swagger and melody. The Samba is intoxicating to watch, thanks to its energetic moves, which are technically difficult to pull off with style, as well as the sheer joy and sense…

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Culture-Music: The new crop of rappers provoking a change in the industry   Independence has always been a reality for the Brazilian rap scene, which has managed to reach its public without the support of any mainstream media or recording industry. One of scene’s leading acts, Racionais MC’s, managed to sell over one million copies of his album Sobrevivendo no Inferno (Surviving in Hell) completely independently. The social changes of the last decade have affected almost all areas of Brazilian rap, from the shifts in marketing dynamics to the new forms of management and organisation. And just like the pioneers who influenced a generation, a new crop of…

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Ever heard of a dance festival that has its own international date and that, currently, takes place in a dozen European countries (including Switzerland, Denmark, Holland, Germany), as well as in Brazil and, surprisingly enough, in Russia? This is the Forró Festival, an event that was originally created in London and has subsequently spread to other neighbouring countries. In Brazil, similar festivals nominate the best trios (three piece musical band) to play at the event in England – this year’s winner was Itaúnas from the state of Espírito Santo! Sound good? Want to get involved? Learn more about this year’s…

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It is a common held belief that Brazil’s national dance is Samba. But think again, there is only one rhythm that unites a nation, and it is known as Forró (for-ALL) Forró can only be danced in pairs. It is a simpler dance than Samba, and so much easier to learn. Lessons are not strictly necessary for those with a bit of dancefloor experience, but the general gist of Forró can be learnt in about four sessions, and then later mastered at Brazilian dance parties. Forró basically consists of two parts, which, in most cases, the man alternates during…

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The Festa Junina (June Festival) is a celebration that Brazilians really look forward to, and has its roots deep within Brazilian culture. Anyone who travels to the country at some point between June and July will come across a traditional festival far removed from usual clichés of Samba and bikinis, but which retains all the fun, happiness, dance and sweet treats we all associate with Brazilian parties. The Festa Junina has been commemorated in the country since at least the 17th century, and as with most traditional festivities, has its origins in religion. It is believed that it all started…

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Lots of people visit Brazil and fall hopelessly in love with Carnival, Samba and the whole wonderful frivolity of it all. The downside is that when they return to their countries, tourists to Brazil can’t help but miss the contagious rhythms of their holidays. What few Londoners realise is that they can get their fix of carnival fever in their own city. There are two Schools of Samba in London which teach not only the dance moves you’ll need but even how to make your own custom outfits. The London School of Samba, founded in 1984, offers workshops in dance,…

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In Brazil it is known as Danças de Salão (Ballroom Dancing). It is a healthy and invigorating hobby and a great way to make new friends. Most foreigners would think that Samba is the most popular dance in Brazil. They would be wrong. First of all, Samba is most commonly danced alone, on the spot, and is officially known as “Samba no pé” (quite literally, Samba on the foot). It’s the sort of upbeat dancing commonly associated with Brazil’s famous Carnival. The type of samba you dance with a partner is called “Gafieira”, and it is usually taught at dance…

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BBMag gives you all the tips, guidance and insights to get you dancing all week long! Corbet Place Bar | Thurdays Forró do Galpão at Corbet Place Bar has become the local’s favorite and most established night of its kind.  Admission free before 7pm. Dance lessons with Douglas and Gladys from 7pm to 8pm. Corbet Place Bar, The Old Truman Brewery 15 Hanbury Street, Ely’s Yard, London, E1 6QR Grace Bar | Tuesdays Wondering what to do on a boring Tuesday night? Come and dance forró! Grace Bar is conveniently located near Picadilly Circus Tube Station, and lessons with Carlos…

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The Royal Ballet is one of the largest and most respected ballet companies around the world. Located in London, it has tradition, daring and exceptional standards of artistry. It is certainly one of the most coveted schools by dancers. Speaking of talent, a Brazilian has gained space in ballet and thrilling with his performance. His name is Thiago Soares, a carioca grown in the district of Vila Isabel, Rio de Janeiro, and at his early 12s was already interested in dance, but was at 15 years old  was when the classical ballet appeared in his life: he won a scholarship…

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