Samba Dance Brazil
Samba dance Brazil
The Samba is of the West African heritage of Brazil and has a
lively, infectious rhythm and beat, both of which are intrinsically
linked with carnival in Brazil.
Capoeira Dancers Salvador
Samba music has been danced in Brazil since its inception in the
19th century. A set of dances, rather than a single dance is what
defines Samba dance Brazil. For instance, Samba de roda, which is
performed by many capoeira groups, is a traditional Afro-Brazilian
dance that has been associated with capoeira - (a form of marshal
A further major stream of the Samba dance besides the Brazilian
Samba dancing styles, is Ballroom Samba which everyone is familiar
with but is quite different to the former.
The birth of Samba Schools
Rio de Janeiro is now well known worldwide for the elaborate parades
staged by the city’s major samba schools in the Sambadrome. It is
one of the world’s major tourist attractions. In other regions
such as Bahia and Pernambuco and throughout the rest of Brasil,
Carnival takes on a unique regional feature.
Brasil Carnival Parade
Yet, it was the Brasil samba dance and samba schools, with their
Native American and African roots, which was to propel the Rio de
Janeiro Brasil carnival onto centre stage when it was officially
adopted by the festival back in the 19th century.
During the nineteenth century, the concept of groups of people
parading through the streets, dancing and playing music was
introduced. This practice progressed to themed, parades of costume-
wearing participants over the years, alongside music groups and
an entourage of followers to celebrate Carnival. These groups or
samba schools - escolas and their followers, - known as
blocos or blocks, were and are still today, representative of
particular cultures, traditions or neighbourhoods.
In 1930, the President of Brasil brought the Samba dance Brazil
schools into the mainstream. They were afforded official
presedential recognition and a place of fundamental importance
in the carnival festivites in Rio from 1930, thus heralding the
birth of the Samba parade as it is known today.
As The street parades and neighborhood samba schools or escolas
de samba were formed, they began to compete with each other in
the 1930's; a practice that continues today, with fierce competition
that would rival any top sporting event. Three samba schools
performed that inaugural year: Estacao de Sa, Estacao, Primeira
de Mangeira and Portela.
When in 1984, the Sambodromo - a permanent structure
was built for the Samba dance Brazil parade, the carnival festivities
moved from the streets into its new venue. To this day, the heart
of the Rio Brazil carnaval festivities is in the Sambodromo on
Sunday and Monday of Carnival.
Samba dance in Brazil, along with blocos, which are derived
from samba schools, have therefore become a major element in the
success and history of carnival in Brazil today. With well in
excess of 100 different representations, each samba school will have
its desnigated place in the samba dance Brazil parade. These
parades will run for a duration of four nights in the Sambadrome
as part of the official competition. One Samba school will be
declared the outright winner for that year.
A tremendous amount of time, human and monetary resources is put
into the dancers and each samba schools' entry into carnival. This
is hardly surprising, given that Samba has become the
lifeblood of carnival. However, while the main Samba schools are
very large, well-financed organizations that work year round in
preparation for Carnival, there are many smaller impoverished
samba dance schools that work just as hard on far less.
If you Brazil travel northeast during carnival, look out for the
street parties which are held by Blocos - followers of Samba
dance Brazil schools. If the experience leave you with the Samba
bug, there is absolutely nothing stopping you from joining one of
the Samba schools, a few of which are often resident outside of
Brazil in countries such as the US.
Carnival In Brazil
Carnival in Brazil is known as the festival of festivals. Rich in
vibrant music, exotic costumes, dancing, drinking, the Brazil
Carnaval is the world's largest celebration. Here are some precautions
you must observe...
Brasil carnaval - 10 facts about Brazil during carnival, customs
and traditions. Plus, where to find the best carnavals on your
Brazil travel northeast, where you can participate, unlike in
Rio de Janeiro where...
Brasil Carnivals in Bahia and Pernambuco States
Brasil carnivals - carnavals across Brasil take on differt flavours
and influences. For a unique carnival experience on your Brazil
travel northeast, head for Salvador in Bahia and Recife in Pernambuco
for an experience you will never forget
History Of Carnival
History Of Carnival in Brazil is as dramatic as it is full of
intrigue. Rooted in religious influences from Europe, carnival
in Brazil today couldn't be further away from its beginnings as
an event reserved for Rio's elite
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