Today was the most exciting day of our Brazil trip. We participated in the holiday of Carnaval, and we also learned how to dance samba, which is a popular dance here.
We began our day with samba classes. For this we went to a school of samba called Mangueira. Here we learned a routine to a dance by Max Lopes. Samba developed as a distinctive kind of music at the beginning of the 20th century in Rio de Janeiro (then the capital of Brazil) under the strong influence of immigrant black people. We noticed that samba was a fast paced and energetic dance. People in Brazil have samba running through their blood. Every time a rhythmic song comes up, Brazilians are bound to stop what their doing to dance a couple steps. They dance samba mainly at Carnaval and parties, get-togethers, etc. We definitely got some exercise and had lots of fun dancing the samba. In total, it cost R$20 per person.
After lunch, we put on some colorful clothes for the Carnaval parade. We went to a street in Rio de Janeiro called Marquês de Sapucaí. The parade consists of schools of dance showing off what they have learned and practiced in the past year. The schools are separated into different sections. Each section dances to the same music, but with different routines and different types of samba. Each section had their own unique and colorful costume. People who weren’t in the parade could watch from stands and bleachers, others could watch from closer and more private seats. We sat in the bleachers with the rest of the celebrating Brazilians. We had fun dancing, celebrating, and showing off some of our dance moves in the bleachers. It was a lot of fun and we partied late into the night. We were amazed at how energetic, exciting, fun, and wild Brazilians could be when they got together. The cost for the seats was R$350.00.
Everything was very joyful, happy, and energetic with bright and glittering colors. Once you started the Brazilians with dancing and music, there was no way to stop them.