What is Samba de Gafieira

“FUNKY, ENERGETIC AND GREAT FOR IMPROVING FITNESS, SAMBA DE GAFIEIRA CHALLENGES THE BODY AND THE MIND.”

Origins

Samba de gafieira is the partnered version of Brazil’s world-renowned, samba no pe. Samba de Gafieira is danced to the Brazilian samba musical rhythms and must be distinguished from the ballroom Samba, danced in International Latin and American Rhythm ballroom dance styles.

It appeared in the 1940s and it gets its name from the Gafieira – popular urban nightclubs of Rio de Janeiro at that time. The dance derived from the Maxixe and followed the arrival of the Choro (another samba musical style). It left most of the Maxixe’s Polka elements behind but maintained the entwined leg movements of the Argentine Tango, although adopting a more relaxed posture than the latter. Many see this form of Samba as a combination of Waltz and Tango. Several Brazilian dance studios use elements and techniques from these two dances to teach Samba de Gafieira steps and dance routines.

The dance now

Sometimes referred to as “the Brazilian tango,” samba de gafieira suits to all ages and even though it is well established in Brazil, it continues to attract dancers around the world because of its vitality and room for creativity. Kadu and Larissa, are recognised around the world as being among a small number of dancers leading the evolution and popularity of the samba de gafieira dance style.

What is Samba de Gafieira

The music

In Brazil, samba de gafieira is danced to music including samba, bossa nova, chorinho, pagode, RnB and many other “top 40” songs. The fact that it can be danced to music which is not from Brazil contributes to its popularity.

Kadu Pires & Larissa Thayane - Gold Coast, 2014
Kadu Pires & Larissa Thayane - Paris, 2013
Kadu Pires & Larissa Thayane - Amsterdam, 2011