Dancing in Rio – Some Info With Links and Addresses
Dancing in Rio de Janeiro is popular, both among young and older people. There is the elegant couple dancing, the intense Samba and the fun Forró. To start with, we wanted to explain a little about the different dance styles that are popular here.
Dancing in Rio and The Different Styles
Dança de Salão: Translated to English, it’s ball room dancing. It can be referred to classic couples dances, like waltz, but most of the time it refers to Samba de Gafieira.
Samba de Gafieira: It’s how the ball room dancing has evolved together with the Samba (that in itself evolved with influences from both Jazz and other latin music styles). There are many variations but all of them are pretty tricky to learn. It’s not an easy dance.
Forró: A dance from the Northeast that have evolved with various influences – the music is often accordion based. The dance is easy to learn, though there are more advanced moves that can make it a real challenge. There are two versions recognized: the more sensual “Forró nordestino” and the more technical “Forró universitário”, that you see people dancing in Rio de Janeiro.
Zouk-Lambada: The popularity of Lambada is long gone but its evolved form Zouk-Lambada is still very popular. The moves are the same but the music is more rhytmic.
Samba-Pagode: A light version of Samba with roots in the classic, simple and romantic Samba-choro. Easy to dance to and today is what you are most likely to see young people dance if it’s not Forró or Baile funk.
Some Dance Schools
There arequite a few dance schools in Rio. The ones we have listed are mostly picked from Riotur’s (the official Rio tourist organ) homepage.
Rio Samba Dancer: Offers private Samba and Forró lessons but also does a Samba initiation and “Samba Night Tour” where they will show you the basics of Samba (or Forró if you prefer) and take you to a club (usually Rio Scenarium) to practice your newly acquired skills! E-mail: [email protected], tel +55 21 98229-2843, website: Rio Samba Dancer
Centro Cultural Carioca Dança: R. Sete de Setembro, 237, 3rd floor – Centro map, tel +55 21 3176-1412.
Estação da Dança: R. Teixeira de Melo, 87, 3rd floor – Ipanema map, tel +55 21 2523-4656.