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The International Samba is a lively, rhythmical dance related to the traditional samba styles of Brazil. Samba has a specific, circular hip action which separates it from the Cuban-derived Latin dances, rumba and cha cha. Samba has a strong bounce action through the knees without any bobbing of the head, making the dance look festive and fun, reminiscent of its origins in the Brazilian Carnival. 

Samba today is still danced at the Brazilian Carnival, a huge annual festival and the most popular holiday in Brazil. Locally, samba is danced in social dance clubs, ballroom dance competitions, and performances such as Dancing with the Stars. 

Ways to Learn Samba at Arete Dance Center

Samba is one of the ten dances we teach in our group class program, along with Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Cha Cha, Rumba, Paso Doble, and Jive. We continue to teach the samba through all of our group classes as you move up the levels, giving more advanced routines and technique as you progress.

If you are just interested in learning the samba on its own, we recommend a private lesson with one of our professional dance instructors.

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