Duration: 75 min; $15; You don't have to go to Brazil to to experience its culture for yourself! Samba music and dance has become an icon of Brazilian national identity. Samba de Gafieira means "Dancehall" or Club Samba, and it originated in the 1940's in Rio de Janeiro's gafieira (working-class dance halls). In this class, you will learn this infatuating partner dance that incorporates elements of Carnival Samba, Salsa, and Argentine Tango into one spicy style. You'll learn the fundamental steps, turns, promenades, dips, and more as you gain knowledge of leading/following, musicality, and partner connection. Sometimes called Brazilian Tango, this dance bears some resemblance to tango in terms of how the dancers' legs entwine, but this style is much more playful and cheeky in demeanor. Get ready for a great cardio workout you can put some attitude into!
Learn the fundamentals of Samba de Gafieira from a skilled, friendly instructor
Practice various steps, turns, passes, and kicks for a great cardio workout
Discover a new way to express yourself in an engaging, supportive environment
Enjoy a jubilant atmosphere that combines education, fitness, and fun
Drumming: Afro-Brazilian/West African/Cuban
Duration: 90 min; $15; So you've mastered the blast beat and memorized all the drum solos in your favorite rock songs, but you are looking for a new way to step up your percussive prowess. Why not set your sights on the styles of other cultures? In this class, you'll discover Afro-Brazilian, West African, and Cuban rhythms that'll make your previous drumming feel like child's play. You'll also learn about a variety of percussion instruments used in each culture and how they're played. Both traditional and modern beats will be explored through the guidance of a professional instructor. All skill levels are welcome to take part in this musical and cultural adventure.
Discover the beats and rhythms of the Afro-Brazilian, West African, and Cuban cultures
Learn how to use the lively percussion instruments of the Afro-Brazilian tradition
Practice both traditional and modern beats as you improve your rhythm
Engage in a welcoming environment friendly to all levels
Duration: 1 hour; $15; Gain cultural understanding and open your ears to a new style of music as you discover the sounds that fuel the art of Capoeira. A combination of dance, acrobatics music, and martial arts, Capoeira was developed by slaves looking to hide their fight training behind the veil of performance. In this class, discover instruments such as berimbaus, pandeiros, and atabaques and learn how they're used to create unique rhythms. Learn traditional songs and understand how the movements of this art form are guided by each beat. This is the perfect course for anyone looking to build on their knowledge of Capoeira or simply explore a new culture.
Learn all about the music that fuels the passion-filled movements of Capoeira
Discover unique new songs, instruments, and rhythms
Take part in a rich Afro-Brazilian tradition
Engage in a welcoming environment friendly to all ages and levels
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