“FUNKY, ENERGETIC AND GREAT FOR IMPROVING FITNESS, SAMBA DE GAFIEIRA CHALLENGES THE BODY AND THE MIND.”
Samba de gafieira is the partnered version of Brazil’s world-renowned, samba no pe. A “gafieira” is a dance hall which in the past was frequented by the working-class in Brazil – and so, “samba de gafieira” means “dancehall” or “club samba.” (Some of the old gafieira have now evolved into clubs that are part of guided tours in Rio de Janeiro.) Samba de gafieira incorporates carnival samba, salsa and Argentine tango concepts.
Sometimes referred to as “the Brazilian tango,” samba de gafieira is danced to a quick-quick-slow or a slow-quick-quick rhythm. It suits all ages and even though it is well established in Brazil, it continues to attract younger dancers around the world because of its vitality and room for creativity. K&L Dance directors, Kadu and Larissa, are recognised around the world as being among a small number of dancers leading the evolution and popularity of the samba de gafieira dance style.
In Brazil, samba de gafieira is danced to music including samba, bossa nova, chorinho, pagode and more. The fact that it can be danced to music which is not from Brazil contributes to its popularity.