Most people know that the National Dance of Brazil is Samba. What many don´t know is exactly where
Most people know that the National Dance of Brazil is Samba. What many don´t know is exactly where it came from. 90% of all of the posts on this channel say Brazilian Carnival dancing is only from Africa. That is very true regarding it´s origins and partially true regarding its influence. In terms of the origins, Semba (musical style & dance ) which arrived through slaves plays a major role. ( Many of these from Angola, which arrived at Bahia and to Rio de Janeiro.) The sound / rhythm was too a type of communication between them. But the dance itself ( samba dance - "Samba no Pé" ) as we see at Brazilian Carnivals was "born" per say in Rio de Janeiro, historians point the 1930´s . So the samba dance , Rio Style as we see at the major parades, with floats, costumes, etc, was really "dated" in Rio between 1929 and 1930. Samba so has 70% of African rhythms ( Semba ) , but other "moves and steps" of national ( Brazilian) and international dance influenced it´s creation. Some of these influences came from urban environments and other dances from the country-side of Brazil, like the "Maxixe" , the Brazilian version of the Argentinian Tango. Another dance which influenced Samba was Polka , originally from Czech Republic, and finally the "Xote" was also incorporated to what we see today. Finally, some aspects of the French court dance were incorporated. Have any suggestions? Please feel free to comment and add to our research. So as a summary , samba dance we see today at the parades is sum of the following origins and influences: semba ( Africa ) , Maxixe ( Brazil ), Polca, (Czech Republic) , Xote ( Brazilian Dance ) & French Court Dancing.