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Brazilian Carnival is a fantastic celebration and if you hire samba dancers for your event in Toronto, you will be able to give it the flavor of this extraordinary festival. Samba is the joy of the carnival and it will make your party unforgettable.
There are many different types of samba, from magnificent group performances to ballroom dancing that charms the audience with its passion. At Hips Don’t Lie Dance Co. we will produce a solo or partner samba performance that will make your event truly special by adding the note of joy one can experience at Brazilian Carnival.
Samba is an upbeat style that includes many acrobatic figures and truly amazing tricks that show off the performer’s skills and flexibility as well as their sense of rhythm. There is hardly any other style that can make such a tremendous impression on the audience if it’s performed by experienced pros, like the ones you can find at Hips Don’t Lie Dance Co.
It’s best to hire samba dancers for events where your main goal is to provide the audience with a fascinating show. The fast elaborate footwork and incredible acrobatic tricks of the performers are a joy to watch. Samba is the perfect way to start any event where you want to get the guests into a great mood right from the start.
Top Reasons to Hire Samba Dancers in Toronto
You should start looking for Toronto samba dancers for hire if you:
- Want to organize an event that people will talk about for months.
- Want to reward your employees with a great show at a corporate event.
- Want to impress prospective business partners.
With this kind of fantastic entertainment, you can be sure that none of the guests will forget how much fun they had at your party.
Samba Dancers for Hire Fit Any Event
The magnificent performances at the Carnival aren’t the only variation of samba. This dance is extremely versatile, so you can hire samba dancers for any event. In Brazil, the motherland of this style, solo-samba is the most popular type. It will be a great addition to any private party, including bridal showers and weddings.
The true skill of samba dancers shows in their ability to make the complex steps of this dance seem effortless and natural. Even the basic footwork for this style is complex and there are many elements that a performer must master perfectly in order to dance samba beautifully.
A combination of complex movements, fantastically vibrant costumes, and fiery Brazilian rhythms make samba dancing into a truly outstanding show.
Carnival celebrations in Brazil are never complete without the samba. This refers to both music and dance that is all about celebration and joy. The lively and rhythmical movement of the dance has many different types, just as there are many variations of the music.
An example of the dance is ballroom samba, which is among the most popular Latin dances is dance sport competitions. Samba, as a dance, is everything. It is a street dance, a competition dance, and a great workout for the pelvis. It is made even more exciting with the use of its colorful and skimpy costume filled with sequins and feathers. The dancer’s attitude is the cherry on top.
Tracing its Roots
The dance originated in Brazil in the 19th century. Samba’s origin can be traced back to the African slaves of the Brazilian sugarcane plantations. Traditionally, the Africa dance has a central performer whose body movements included rapid steps, weight shifts, slides, and a rather stiff upper body. The hands and hips coordinated with the leg and hip movements.
The dance moved to the shantytowns located outside the cities known as the favelas when the slavery ended. Here the freed slaves created a dance troupe for the carnivals. Brazil’s Portuguese upper class were initially displeased with the dance for being uninhibited and boisterous. However, its charm is too that it found its way across classes and even beyond borders.
The dance’s gyrations has accumulated colorful influences, both regional and international.
Samba became too irresistible that it was even featured in films. Flying Down to Rio, a 1933 film which stars Delores Del Rio and Fred Astaire, showcased a version of samba known as the carioca. Brazilian dancer Carmen Miranda danced her way to films, and has become the epitome of the dance worldwide.
However, it was during the 1939 World’s Fair that the dance was able to access the American market. Samba was exhibited at the Brazilian pavilion. The dance currently has many iterations that is one of the awaited event at the pre-Lenten carnival in Rio De Janeiro. It is also a mainstay in Latin ballroom dancing across the globe. It can be danced solo, with a partner, and in a street-dancing exhibition. It can even be danced together with reggae or rock music, as a hybrid, and acrobatics.
Types of Samba Dances
It is difficult to pinpoint a definitive samba. After all, the dance is about fluidity just like the pelvic isolation that differentiates it among other movements. Both solo and partner samba gyrate to the same rhythms that are either slow or fast percussive beats.
The traditional solo samba dance is also known as the Samba no pé. It is simple and the steps are spontaneously stirred by the music. There are three steps in every measure that follows a 2/4 count.
The dance begins with your feet together. The knees should be relaxed and must be soft and bouncy all throughout the dance. The first step is to move back to the left foot’s ball, and shifting the weight to said foot. A half-step forward to the right foot’s ball is then taken. Again, the weight is shifted to the stepping foot.
Step the left foot behind the right, landing on the foot’s ball and that foot taking on the weight. Step back on the right foot’s ball ad shifting weight yet again. Repeat the sequence. The arms should swing as naturally as possible in tune with the percussive beat.
The trick is not to “travel” when you make the steps. The knees must be so relaxed for you to achieve that samba bounce. The hips, on the other hand, will simply follow the weight shifts you make. You should also play it by the ear as you keep up with the rhythm and pace of the tempo music.
For this type, women wearing heels dance on the foot’s ball while men dance it on the flat of the foot.
There is a modern variation to the solo samba which is characterized by very bouncy movements with a mix of aerobics. This is known as the Samba Axé. This type is ever changing with some of its moves depending on the song’s lyrics. It usually begins slowly and will progress to a quick tempo.
This type of samba is what you see in ballroom dances. Like the solo samba, original partner samba dances had many variations and the most popular of which is the Samba gafiera.
This kind of samba is referred to as a mix between tango and waltz. Samba may be generally happy and not intense and dramatic but Samba gafiera is different. It borrows some elements from the tango yet it is a more spontaneous dance. The dancers displayed a more relaxed posture. Its characteristic are borrowed from the Brazilian maxixe, which is a softer and more gentle version of tango.
However, the samba has evolved over time. This saw more interlinked legs, turns, tricks, and other acrobatic movements added to the routine. The Samba gafiera also has a quick beat just like the solo samba. This means that the footwork is fast. The trick in learning the dance is to start slow – one step at a time. After getting the rhythm, you can then pick up the speed.
Partner samba is danced following the waltz pattern comprised of the simple box step. Everything is the same as the waltz – from the body positions, hand placements, and all the way to the space between the partners. The box step is repeated twice or equal to eight beats. Partners step to one side together, bending their knees as they shift the weight on the stepping foot.
This is followed by a half-step of the other foot toward the foot that is bearing the weight. This step is basically a quick tap. The tapping foot is then moved back stepping down firmly then shifting the weight to it. The other foot is brought for a quick tap. Partners step out to the side again with their first foot, and repeating this sequence four times or four side-steps in place.
The hands are dropped without the partners moving apart. They then step to the side with their original foot, each turning their bodies toward the partner as they swing their other foot around so they are able to face apart. By the time they’re on their backs, they turn their heads and direction toward the direction they are moving. A step to the side with the original foot is then taken. The other foot is then crossed with the original foot to complete the turn so the partners face each other again. The whole turn takes four beats to accomplish. The dance resumes to the waltz position including the hand contact as the dance continues.
Another variation of the dance is called Samba Pagode, which traces its roots back to the samba party culture. There are ballroom-style elements incorporated in it yet the movements are very athletic and elaborate. It has many spins, dips, and even lifts but this is dependent upon the capability of the dancers.
This type of samba is quite different from all others already mentioned. Ballroom samba though is very popular in competitions as there are many dancers from all over the world opting for this movement. This type did not originate in Brazil as it is more of a Latin ballroom dancing although the music used is still samba music.
An Enjoyable Entertainment
The colorful outfit, high energy movement and overall exhilarating experience makes samba an enjoyable form of entertainment. Just like all other Latin dances that feature fast movements, elaborate costumes, and awe-inspiring steps, samba is another crowd favorite. It is not only limited to carnival exhibition or ballroom dancing competition. It can also be easily enjoyed during parties, gatherings, and other similar events.
In fact, you don't even have to know how to dance to enjoy Samba. It's fairly easy to learn even for the novices among us. In the hands of the expert, it's also a great way to break the ice in parties and events.
Hips Don’t Lie Offers Samba
There is no better way to appreciate the dance than to actually experience it yourself. It is so much fun and energizing if you do the steps yourself. You can read all about it but i'st nowhere nearly as fun as actually moving your feet and hands and gyrating your hips to the rhythm. Try one of the classes offered at Hips Don’t Lie.
Bring more fun and provide extraordinary entertainment for your parties, gatherings, and even corporate events. You can contact our professional dancers for a quick performance or even dance lessons. We have plenty of packages to choose from, all of which are very affordable. Our team is always eager to talk to you. Call us today!