Fridays 6:30-7:30 pm, Brazilian Partner Dance with Dee

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Fridays 6:30-7:30 pm, Brazilian Partner Dance with Dee

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End your workweek with this social and invigorating partner dance class, which focuses on the technical foot work of forro samba de gafieira and bolero, the fundamentals of good partner dance: dance frame, synchronization, and musicality.

Samba de gafieira originated in Rio de Janeiro Brazil and is a partner dance to the Brazilian sambal musical rhythms. It a tango derivative, so it is ordinarily danced in closed frame and the time is “quick-quick-slow”. It can be dance to pagode, choro, bossa nova, and samba music.

Forro, another original Brazilian partner dance, originated in the Northeast of Brazil. Its relaxed close body stance make it a great party dance and very easy to learn. It can be danced to baio, xote, forro and sertanejo rhythms and the distinctive sound of the triangle and the zabumba are telltale signs of this music.

Bolero is a genre of slow-tempo music and associated dance with origins in Spain and Cuba and arrived in Brazil in the late 1940s. Bolero has been popular all over the world for over a century because of it sensual and sentimental feel. Bolero is characterized by smooth, gliding movements, dramatic arm poses, and romantic feel.

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“Brazilian music is the perfect mix of melody and rhythm. The music has an effervescent happiness that bubbles over” Dee exudes the sunshine of Samba with an axe (ah-shay) attitude. Dee is originally from Louisiana but has lived in DMV area for over 15 years. She began dancing salsa, bachata, and merengue around 2001 and added samba in 2007. The intense rhythm of the music and the happiness of the dance pulled her into immediately. Dee began samba no pe training with Zezeh Brazil in Washington DC and learned to play Brazilian percussion instruments with Alejandro Lucini at George Washington University. In 2010, she began training in samba de gafieira and forro with Fabio Bonini (Forever Dancing VA). Finally, in 2014 she began teaching samba de gafieira. Her group, Danca DC, explores three fun Brazilian partner dances: forro, samba de gafiera, and bolero.