Ballroom Samba vs. Brazilian Samba ????
I found a nice instructional samba video on Youtube. I read comments under the video.
It said, “I am Brazilian and this is not samba ! ”
Another said ,” You talk too much”
1) — Many of the Brazilians do not like ballroom style samba —
2) — Many Brazilians think they own samba dance ———-
1) — There is only one way of dancing samba —–
2) — Original style of dancing is superior to later developed variations of dance style ———
3) — A country where dance originates owns that particular dance —–
I watched Brazilian samba on Youtube, but after two minutes, I got bored. It’s the same thing over and over. I understand that in street dances, people (in general) have more fun. It’s rather easy to do the semi impromptu motions. To me, Brazilian samba looked like a free style fast disco dancing. You just make up steps, and shake, shake, shake it !
Perhaps there is more to learn about Brazilian samba I thought. I am not Brazilian – and I don’t know much about it except that I do samba (ballroom style). So I looked up a video that talks about samba by Brazilian samba expert.
Here is a video on Samba dance origin and Brazilian culture by Brazilian samba dance instructor.
Some important points from the video.
1) Brazilian samba is by nature theatrical. It’s origin is Carnival. So it is very much free style. —> Myth #1 busted.
2) Brazilian carnival’s root is in Europe — Greek mythology of Bacco where also the theater came from. —-> Myth #3 busted.
3) The essence of Brazilian samba is to use imagination (to freely express) and to have fun. ———> Myth # 2 busted.
Many “original” dances are composed of repetition of simple motions which are closer to, and are more, natural. But, in my opinion, it becomes boring soon.
Espen Salberg says, “Natural is boring”
This is so true, at least, in dancing. Interesting movements in dances are invented by people. They are not inherent body movements that are required for our survival.
Here is an example of (international style) ballroom samba.
(Above: Maxim Kozhevnikov & Yulia Zagoruychenko performs theatrical presentation of samba and also cha cha)
(Above: Slavik Kryklyvyy & Anna Melnikova performs samba.)
So I must respectfully disagree with many Brazilian samba fans. As much as Brazilian samba makes it free style and is interesting, it’s great. Otherwise, if it’s going to be repetitions, I would like to pursue all kinds of variations in samba dances. Ballroom samba is a style that allows partner dancing, and is very interesting and also challenging. Indeed ballroom samba’s rhythm came from Brazilian samba, and ballroom samba has many moves that remind of Brazilian samba.
OK. I am not planning to visit Brazil anytime soon. But, if I am going to visit Brazil, I will find out where the above Brazilian samba instructor is at, and pay a visit. Even if I can’t dance Brazilian samba, it will be a great inspiration to watch her. Huh? You want to meet her, too? Sorry I can’t help you. I signed a non-disclosure agreement. But, definitely, give your shot if you are in Rio de Janeiro.
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Tags: Anna Melnikova, Ballroom samba, Brazilian samba, international latin samba, Rio de Janeiro, Slavik Kryklyvyy, Yulia Zagoruychenko