Samba de Gafieira Samba de Gafieira is an elegant partner ballroom dance based on the samba musical rhythm, though it is quite different from International Ballroom Samba. It can be danced to various types of samba rhythms; the most appropriate ones being Bossa Nova, Choro or Samba Canção. This beautiful dance has created its own identity after much influence from other dance styles such as Tango and Bolero. It originated in the 1930s as a social dance in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and through the years it has evolved to becoming a samba style that is known for its grace and cheeky playfulness! Bolero A dance of love, there are two versions in regards to the origins of Bolero. One is that it originated in Spain, while the other maintains that it appeared in Cuba and was later popularized in Mexico. In Brazil, Bolero was heavily influenced by Tango, hence many turns, crosses and other variations were added. This slow, smooth and romantic dance has established its own style in Brazil, which is quite different from International Ballroom Bolero. Forró Forró was born in the northeast of Brazil, from a mixture of African and European influences. Originally, it was characterized by the sound of the accordion, zabumba (a type of drum), triangle and the concertina, but now in Brazil the modern Forró – Forró Universitário – is known to have added electronic instruments. This simple two-step dance is danced by couples who hold each other closely and elaborate with turns and variations.
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