Dances of Rio


With Rio’s rich musical history and vibrant culture, Samba is the soundtrack of the city. You see it in vivid colors and creativity on the streets. You find it in the Cariocas’warm smiles and the intuitive way that they move dancing Samba. But to discover what truly makes Rio the Marvelous City, you must feel the samba music in their hearts.

It is simple. It is classic. It is Samba.

Used to both embrace life and escape from hardship, the roots of this Brazilian dance date back to the early 20th century. Today, the world recognizes samba as the iconic symbol of Brazil and Carnival.

Whether you’re coming for a weekend or staying for a lifetime, learning the basic steps to samba is an incredible way to experience the nightlife of Rio. With a little help from a Carioca as your guide, you’ll be surprised how quickly you can feel the beat!

Interested in learning?
Our school offers lessons for two different kinds of samba: Samba no Pé (Samba Feet) and Samba de Gafieira (Partner Samba).

Rio Samba Dancer will introduce you to a “Brazilian Samba Culture” and take you to one of the best places to go in Rio to hear a live samba band. You’ll have the opportunity to practice your new samba moves and see how the locals dance samba.


As one of the most popular dances in the country, Forró is a dance every Brazilian knows. Unlike traditional samba which is danced alone, Forró is a partner dance. If you do not come to Brazil with a dancing partner, do not worry. Forró is a dance for everyone.

In fact, there is a theory that the name “forró” is a derivative of the English phrase “for all.” Back during the early 1900s, English Engineers on the Great Western Railway of Brazil would throw balls either for railroad personal or open to the public “for all”.  In a classic game of telephone with Portuguese speakers, the name of the dance became “Forró.”

Today, Forró’s fun, easy steps and catchy music make it a favorite dance among Brazilians. You will find it at bars, nightclubs and really anywhere music is played.

When visiting Rio, learning the Forró basics will make it much easier for you to enjoy the Rio’s nightlife . If you’re on your honeymoon in Rio or a couple’s vacation, Forró is a fun and intimate way to experience Brazilian culture. If you’re single or traveling with friends, you’ll be inviting others to dance Forró and making local friends before you know it!

Choose your Experience and have fun!

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