Dances in the Brazil have influenced the art, music, and lifestyle of its people. Brazil’s dances can be traced back to many origins that have impacted the culture today. Brazil cultivates European, African, and Indigenous roots that have all served as stepping stones for different forms of dances today. Many of these dances were modified and altered through the years and eventually formed dances like the Maxixe, Samba, and Lambada.


The Maxime dance was created during the 1800 and popularized throughout South America and even the U.S. The Maxime, or Brazilian Tango, became a popular dance among the upper class and was eventually spread throughout all Brazil. The Maxime was later developed into the Samba and Lambada. “The steps are simple, resembling a traditional two-step with more of a Latin flair.”


Among the most popular dances in Brazil, the Samba is often the most practiced and most resembled dance in the region. The dance originated from African roots when they were brought over as slaves during the 16th century. However, Samba was considered to be obscene and promiscuous by the upper class; it was not until the 1920s that it became widely accepted and popularized. “Today, the Samba is still performed by couples, who mirror each other’s steps – usually three steps to each bar of music.”


This type of folk dance also contains African roots but also incorporates European and Portuguese styles and forms into it. Lambada, which is also called Carimbo, means “drums” in Tupi because it uses large drums to create the music for it. Lambada is considered to be a very sensual form of dance; it is performed with body waves between the male and female dance partners. The Lambada became popular by the 1980s and continues to be practiced and perfected in Brazilian culture today.


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