History of Brazilian Samba Dance
Focus: Samba de Roda
Samba is an Afro-Brazilian dance from Brasil. Samba originated in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil in the 19th and 20th Centuries. The first known form of Samba is called Samba de Roda (Samba in a circle).
Samba de Roda was done informally as a way to socialize after a candomble ceremony, (Candomble is a form Afro Brazilian religion) or after a Roda de Capoeira (Capoeira circle). It was a dance that allowed the Afro-Brazilian people who were enslaved to release and transform their energy and to set their spirit free. It was also often a dance of courtship. As it is a singular dance that people can dance on their own or together as a conversation of movement.
Today Samba de Roda is still danced as an informal social dance of celebration and community often taking place in Carnaval, holiday celebrations, and after a Roda de Capoeira (Capoeira Circle).
Samba de Roda @ Brasil Brasil Cultural Center in Los Angeles
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