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Thursday, August 31 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Brazilian Samba Intensive

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This sexy African-Brazilian dance is so much more that what you see in Rio. The cultural origins of Samba dance comes from Bahia, Brazil. Samba is one of the best known dances of Brazil. This workshop will teach beginner to intermediate dancers how to dance traditional Brazilian Samba and will include: Samba no pe, Pagode Samba, Samba de roda, Samba de juan and a few other samba styles.
This intensive workshop is designed for dancers who want to learn the Brazilian samba dance basics. It is also great for dancers from other disciplines (and Zumba instructors) who want to learn the proper techniques of Samba dance and the variations. The skills learned in this workshop would be a great compliment to any established dancers who want to take their individual style to the next level. 
This is a progressive workshop that will include 5 parts:
Part 1
  • Theory discussion
  • Mind-Body rhythm connection
  • Weight-shifting and hip rotations
Part 2
  • African-Brazilian movements (animation warm-up)
Part 3
  • Samba Footwork (levels 1 and 2)
  • Brazilian music intro and beat syncopation
  • Body communication for Brazilian musicality
  • Dance syncopation
Part 4
  • Samba styling  
  • Bounce and play techniques
  • Samba variations and compliments
Part 5
  • Choreography
What you will need:  
  • A pair of foot peds or foot thongs
  • A pair of heels for the ladies (shoes for the men).  No sneakers or suede bottoms
  • Dress in layers for warm up
  • Pen and note pad for theory session
  • OPTIONAL---USB thumb drive (for those who wish to have a copy of the class music and rhythms.

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Ekua Malonde

Ekua MaLonde has been a professional dancer for over 18 years. She speaks 4 languages and has traveled the world performing. Ekua began dancing at the age of 4.  At 7 years old, her parents enrolled her in a European school of dance to learn Ballet and Jazz.  While studying contemporary... Read More →

Thursday August 31, 2017 7:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
Studio 5