LAMBADA – BRAZIL

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LAMBADA DANCE, BRAZIL

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Created by fusing elements of “forro, salsa, merengue, maxixe, and carimbo” is a renowned dance style called Lambada. This “Latin American” dance has originated from the state of Para located in north Brazil. This dance style (of African origin) became extremely popular worldwide during the 1980’s particularly in the Latin American and Caribbean countries. Furthermore, this dance is extremely “energetic” and involves rhythmic and pronounced movements of the hips. In addition, this dance is also known for female performers wearing extremely revealing outfits that includes the “90’s styled thong underwear”.

a. History/origin of Lambada:

A dance form known as “Carimbo” which comprises of extremely sensual body and hip movements was extremely popular in north Brazil, since the time this country was colonized by the Portuguese. It was thus the gradual evolution of Carimbo over the years that eventually led to the creation of this sensual dance. Furthermore, it was a radio station from Belem (capital city of Para) that named the “strong beats” used in the music utilized for this dance form as “the rhythms of lambada”. Thus the name “Lambada” basically given to the music stuck with the dance style as well.

b. Costumes used in the Lambada:

Since this dance style features both male and female (i.e. partner dance) the costume worn varies accordingly, and they are as follows:

1. For female:

The costume worn includes extremely short and revealing skirt as well as a 90’s styled thong underwear.

2. For Male:

The costume worn includes colourful shirt/vest and long trousers.

c. Music involved in the Lambada:

The music used in this dance style was essentially created by a Brazilian composer called Aurino Quirino Goncalves. In addition, the rhythm for Lambada music was essentially created from electronic music that became extremely popular in the 1980’s.

d. Training availability and technique involved in the Lambada:

In terms of technique, this dance involves the dancers (i.e. male and female) generally dancing with arched legs. In addition, this dance also includes the performers swaying from one side to another along with significant movement in the hips. As for training centres/schools, there are none available since this “energetic” dance style only managed to become popular in the north of Brazil, and has not spread around the globe like the salsa or the cha-cha-cha.

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