Samba Dance | Brazil Academy

Samba Classes

Our Samba program is lead by Renata “Morena” Pinto, a professional samba performer and instructor. She has lead samba workshops all over the United States. Morena has over ten years of teaching experience, and has performed in many events representing the Brazilian Culture.  482247_10152605252415422_89057859_n

Samba is a lively dance style, which originated from Brazil in late 19th century. It actually involves a set of dances, rather than a single dance, so no dance can be comparable with the original Brazilian Samba dance style. Modern Samba has been developed from an early Brazilian music called “Choro.” The ball room Samba was developed in 1956, since when, various forms of Samba have been developed. The important thing about Samba is that, the dance is done in triple time—meaning, three steps performed in two beats.

Samba Styles:

Samba no pe:

It is a solo dance, involving straight body, with only one knee bent at a time. The rhythm is 2/4, with a-one, and a-two, and back to one. Men dance with the whole foot on the ground, while women wearing heels, dance on their balls of the foot.

Samba de Gafieira:

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This form of Samba is considered to be a combination of Waltz and Tango. The steps are done on a quick-quick-slow tempo. This style of Samba is present in dance academies all over the world.

Samba Pagode:

Pagoda originally means a celebration with lots of food, music and dance, and so, this style of Samba was originated in 1980s.

Samba Axe:

It is a very energetic style of Samba dance, which is usually performed as a solo dance. This style of Samba is based on proper choreographic movements.

Samba Reggae:

It is a second most popular Samba style dance in Brazil, mixed with reggae beats and drums.

Samba Rock:

It is a type of night club dance, with a mix variety of other Samba styles.

Samba de roda:

It is a traditional Brazilian dance, accompanied by singing and clapping.

Basic Dance Steps and Timing:

There are several movements in Samba, but the two movements are the basic ones—the Forward Basic Movement, and the Backward Basic Movement.
Combining these two basic steps, make the six steps of the first move—the Forward Basic step. If the man will move his left foot forward, then the woman will move her right foot backward and vise versa. In the Forward Basic Move, the man will perform Forward Basic Movement, followed by backward movement, and the woman will do the opposite. Let us make ourselves understand about these two basic steps.

Back Basic Movement:

Right, Place. Step slightly back, on the first beat of music. Toe first, slide right foot back and change weight on the right leg, not moving left leg.
Left, tap. Up and down. Move left foot back, tapping on inside ball of the foot, with up and down motions.

Forward Basic Movement:

This is the same pattern as above except for the change side that is, Left side to start with, repeating the above pattern.

Back spot movement:

This is similar to the basic movements except, for the forward or back, the tap occurs behind the foot that moves on the first beat.
So, all you have to learn is these two basic steps and you will master samba dance.