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Samba gained fame in Brazil’s second largest city Rio during the 19th century. Though the real roots of samba can be traced to people of African descent, it represents many aspects of Brazilian culture. This prejudiced dance form is a part of street carnivals in Brazil. In modern times, this dance form has gained international recognition and is considered a patchwork of various cultural elements from Africa, Europe, and natives of Brazil.
This lively and rhythmic dance form is the essence of street carnivals in Brazil. The ’Sambistas’ decked up in their earthy costumes, dance solo with elaborate twists and turns. The footwork includes three-step weight changes with the slight knee lift, led with alternating feet. With the onset of the 20th century, samba has now gained popularity as fun-filled ballroom partner dance with fast footwork on quick beats.