A Great Video of Samba de Gafieira

by  Mose Hayward
LAST UPDATED ON  2023-07-27
PUBLISHED ON  2015-02-26

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Samba de gafieira — Brazil’s groovy answer to tango — is a flashy, complicated dance that lends itself to spectacle. There are many videos of performances by outrageously talented professionals online, but I also love to see people just dancing it in a party.

In the first video below, the dancers are talented, but this is not a formal performance with all of the flashy silliness that that sometimes brings; it is rather just a gathering at the Escola Carioca de Danca, and while there’s tons of creativity on display it seems less showy, and more just for the sake of the dance itself, and the party.

It starts a bit slow (and even that is gostoso), then they really start to fly.



And, one of my favorite performance videos…

This is David Bosco, a samba de gafieira teacher, performing with samba teacher Sarah Pallares at Europe’s largest and always worthwhile samba de gafieira festival Spai Carioca. I used to go most years; sadly that festival is now defunct.

A still from the video

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