Samba, an old Brazilian style of dance with many variations, is African in origin. It has been performed as a street dance at carnival, the pre-Lenten celebration, for almost 100 years.

Many versions of the Samba (from Baion to Marcha) are danced at the local carnival in Rio. The ballroom Samba or Carioca Samba is derived from the rural "Rocking Samba" and has been known for many years. (The Carioca is a small river that runs through Rio de Janiero - hence the name Carioca refers to the people of Rio.) Today Samba is still very popular in Rio. During carnival time there are "schools of Samba" involving thousands of elaborately-costumed dancers presenting a national theme based on music typical of Brazil and Rio in particular.

Before 1914 it was known under a Brazilian name "Maxixe". As early as 1923, an international meeting of professors of dancing took note of the rise of the Samba's popularity, particularly, in France. A French dance book published by Paul Boucher in 1928 included Samba instructions. The dance was introduced to United States movie audiences in 1933 when Fred Astaire and Dolores Del Rio danced the Carioca in Flying Down to Rio, and several years later, Carmen Miranda danced the Samba in That Night in Rio. A Samba exhibition was given at the November 1938 meeting of the New York Society of Teachers of Dancing. General interest in the Samba was stimulated at the 1939 World's Fair in New York, where Samba music was played at the Brazilian Pavilion. A few years later, the Brazilian composer Ary Barroso wrote the classic Samba, "Brasil," which quickly became a hit, and in 1944 he went to Hollywood to write the score for the musical Brazil.

Samba has a very specific rhythm, highlighted to its best by characteristic Brazilian musical instruments: originally called tamborim, chocalho, reco-reco and cabaca. Much of Samba music came from daily life in Rio, the first famous example being "Pelo Telefone" composed by Donga. To achieve the true character of the Samba a dancer must give it a happy, flirtatious and exuberant interpretation. Many figures, used in the Samba today, require a pelvic tilt (Samba tic) action. This action is difficult to accomplish, but without it the dance loses much of its effect. Principal characteristics of the Samba; are the rapid steps taken on a quarter of a beat and the pronounced rocking motion and sway of the dancing couple.

The Samba (also known as the Brazilian Waltz) is now a moderately popular ballroom dance, limited pretty much to experienced ballroom dancers because of its speed.

If you live in the Watford, Hertford and Stevenage areas of Hertfordshire and are looking for Ballroom Dance classes, then why not come along to one of the area's most popular Ballroom Dance Clubs. Lessons are only 4 pounds and combined with a friendly Club atmosphere, it makes for a very enjoyable evening.

Reprinted With The Permission of Ron & Rebecca Kellen, Mile High Ballroom Dance, Prescott, Arizona

Other sources: Wikipedia | Mile High Ballroom Dance

Beginners Samba dance classes

The four basic Samba steps we teach, will allow you to create your own Samba dance routine by simply varying the step sequence, even when the dance floor is crowded. In fact, many experienced dancers enjoy this lesson, since, it gives them the opportunity to brush up on their technique and posture. It is always worth remembering: it is not the number of steps you know that will impress other dancers; it is how well you are able to dance the steps that is more important. To watch a brief video clips of each of the steps, please click the links, below.

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Samba dance classes for the more experienced dancers

To keep our ballroom dance classes fresh and interesting, we periodically change the dance routine to include new steps or variations on existing steps. To watch brief video clips of each of the Samba dance steps or the complete dance routine, please click the links, below.

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Routines using the above steps: Routine 1
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January 2018
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22, 29
12, 19, 26
Dance - rescheduled
5, 12
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23, 30
Closed - Holiday
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11, 18, 25
2, 9, 16
23, 30
13, 20
10, 17, 24
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