Samba is intrinsically tied to Brazilian culture, and how Brazil is viewed internationally. Samba as a dance style has evolved and taken influences from a range of cultures and dance styles, most notably from African tribal dances. This fused with European styles and those traditional to Brazil’s indigenous tribes. As a street dance, most Brazilians learn samba through watching their parents and community dance, as opposed formal dance lessons. Samba can be danced solo where it is known as Samba no Pé (samba of the feet); a style often associated with Rio Carnaval* and the Sambadrome. However, samba no pé is also danced in far less formal (and glitter free) contexts.

Additional styles of samba include: samba reggae, pagode, samba de roda, samba axé*, and samba rock. Depending on the region in Brazil, the basic step of samba can look quite different from Salvador to the Avenida in Rio. Samba is danced by both men and women. Samba can also be danced as a couple, this is known as Samba de Gafieira*, and has been adopted into the world of Latin ballroom.

The Unidos de Brisbane Passistas: As an Escola de Samba, the Unidos de Brisbane passistas come together for fortnightly training, to practice, create and learn together. The dancing style at Unidos de Brisbane is largely Rio Samba no Pé, with a focus on preparedness to dance in our annual Carnaval parade. Our passista team is not a dance class, but an opportunity for dancers to practice their skills and learn collaboratively, to discover their own unique style of samba.

Dance with Us: If you would like to join our Passistas, please get in touch via email at Memberships can also be purchased through our shop. If you would like to learn to samba, we have a list of all the dance schools in Brisbane that teach both Samba no Pé, as well as Samba de Gafiera in our “Learn to Samba” tab.

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