about entertaining Brazilian style, we couldn't possibly leave out
a treat for the feet: the Samba! According to Samba-savvy Ivonete
de Sousa, this traditional dance of Brazil is a major part of one
of the most important celebrations of the year: Carnaval. Brazilians
spend a lot of time and money on costumes for this five-day event.
The enormous energy that is characteristic of Carnaval is truly
expressed through the sensual samba.
Ready to learn
some fancy footwork? Actually, the Samba involves quite basic
foot maneuvers. Simply start by bringing your right foot forward,
then back. Repeat, until you've mastered this step.
to bring your hips into it, clicking them from side-to-side. According
to Ivonete, women tend to use a more exaggerated hip movement
than men. As you will see, it is the rhythm of the hips, which
makes this dance so sensual.
Once you have mastered the art of having your hips complement
your feet, then you can change to the other leg.
to introduce some arm movements. You will find that as you get
into the rhythm of the music, you will begin to express yourself
in a very natural way.
out that this dance is not typically about holding each other.
You can dance together if you want, but when Brazilians study
the Samba in school they tend to do it solo.
Samba-inspired music tends to be quite quick. A fast beat means
fast feet! Don't be intimidated, and don't forget that practice
makes perfect. So, pick up some samba music, and get in motion!
You'll feel like you're in Brazil in no time.