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The Style
In Samba step the couples move undulatory across the room. While beginners produce the waves movement out of a raising in the support leg, it is produced of tournament dancer more by the sway of the pelvis. The dynamics comes out of the first step. The push out of the support leg causes that the body carries out almost automatically the Samba-typical bounce-movement. With Samba, one connects the carnival in Rio, rising joie de vivre and leave out glee.

The Rhythm
Samba is danced in 2/4-time in the rhythm slow-and-slow. The speed varies between 48 and 58 beats per minute, in tournaments 54 beats per minute.

Past and Present

"Samba" is a collective term for more than 100 Brazilian dance modes brought to Brazil by immigrating Africans, particularly by Bantu tribes. Samba has its origin in the African rite dances too.

From the slaves 'round dances' many self standing folk dances evolved under new environmental conditions and the European influences of colonialization. Especially after the end of slavery in 1888 a vast variety evolved, concentrated in Rio de Janeiro, Bahia and Sao Paulo.

In the beginning of the 20th century popularity of this Brazilian dance increased in all sections of the population, especially at times of carnival. About 1914, with Maxixe the predecessor of Samba came to Europe, what caused some stir. In 1924 Samba first came to Europe.

From 1930 together with the increasing industrialization in Brazil an intensified commercialization of the folk music came along. Samba first became a ballroom dance in 1949. However, the European way of dancing Samba is a very simplified mode of the elegant grace of the original Samba. Central European Samba dancers have enormous difficulties to learn the inborn motions of South Americans.