Dance Tidbits

Samba this y’all.

Okay, you feel so good because you learned to do the Samba. As a dancer and an artist you will have opportunities to share with others about what you know. It doesn’t hurt to have a little history about the dances you have mastered.

When you hear Samba, you think South American, right? Well, sort of. It was introduced in 1917 and it was African in origin. It was adopted by Brazilian society in 1930 as a ballroom dance. It is also known as the Brazilian Waltz. It is very popular in Rio de Janeiro.

Something to keep in mind about the Samba is that to be really good at it, the dancer must give it a lively, upbeat and flirtatious interpretation. Of course you just learned to do the famous pelvic tilt. This action is a challenge to perfect and it is imperative that the tilt is done artfully or the dance loses much of its grace. It will be a heavy consideration point in a dance competition and can make or break your performance.

Somehow I’ve always felt that knowing a little bit more about what you’re doing not only makes us smarter but it also makes it easier to do. Now go out there and be grand!



Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website