Popular Brazilian Dances Taught Throughout the Boston Area at Moves and Vibes of Cambridge

By Kelly Church

Moves and Vibes is on a mission to make the art of Brazilian dance more prominent in Cambridge, MA. The dance studio teaches zouk, kizomba, samba, forro and bachata, all considered popular styles of dance in Brazil. Director Inna Grant says these dance styles are fun, social dances. Each of these unique, Latin-based dances are adapted from their various origins.

Zouk, originating in Martinique and Guadalupe in the 1980s, is similar to the lambada dance. When zouk moved into Brazil, it was greatly embraced by lambada dancers. They adapted it, making zouk slower and more sensual. Once the style of dance is learned, it can be performed to any type of music, even hip hop, pop and dub step. Moves and Vibes teaches beginners zouk classes at 7 p.m. every Monday.


Kizomba is a slow, romantic dance that came from Angola, integrating the semba, tango and zouk styles of dance. It has its own music (originally modeled after zouk music) and is traditionally sung in Portugese. This partner dance has simple steps that are easy to learn. Beginner Kizomba classes are taught every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.

The forro is the most popular dance in northeast Brazil and resembles salsa dancing. Forro music typically only uses three instruments: the accordion, zabumba and triangle. Forro classes for beginners are held at Moves and Vibes at 9 p.m. on Tuesdays.

The bachata is from the Dominican Republic, but is danced all over the world. It has elements of Cuban dance movements and is taught at Moves and Vibes in a five-week series. It is also taught Thursday nights from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.


One of the most popular Latin dances all over the world, the samba is taught at Moves and Vibes to all levels, with and without partners. This ballroom dance pulls from all different forms of Brazilian dance to form the samba de gafieira. All students start as beginners at Moves and Vibes, and gradually advance as they improve technique.

Drop-in classes at Moves and Dance cost $15, however they can also be purchased in sets of five and ten. Beginners can take advantage of a special offer: an unlimited dance membership for $110 per month. Dancers can also take private lessons at the studio, and prep for wedding dances.

Most importantly, they organize an Annual Boston Brazil Fusion Festival that brings famous dancers from all over the world to Boston. Be sure to check it out! Details can be found here:



I need everyone to pay attention to the details please……

The party on Saturday June 25th at 6pm is located at The W Hotel on 100 Stuart Street Boston, MA   We will be hanging out at the restaurant/bar portion called The W Galleria.  Things about the Party

-Show up at 6pm sharp and will go officially until 8 ( The Bar is open until 130am and if people want to stay they will allow it)


-There is no cover

The dress code is summer casual, men are not allowed to wear shorts.  Think linen or Seersucker pants.

-Tito’s Vodka will be there with some samples.

-Bring Cash!  For the raffle tickets, the new Team Back Bay Games Tshirt and adult beverages

-8 Top Level Crossfit Athletes will be there to hang out, take pictures, sign autographs, and say Thank you, including Alec Smith, Cody Mooney, and of course all 6 Team Back Bay Athletes.

-Any specific emails about the party email


Here’s The deal with the raffle.  We are extending the raffle until July 10th midnight.

-Winner announced Monday July 11th

-Tickets are available at 209 Columbus Ave and can be purchased by donation ($50 a ticket) and then email or cash at the party

-Click on TeamBackBay to get to think page

-If there is some unique situation where you need shirts or tickets and you can not be present please email


And now what Going to the Games means for athlete on Team Back Bay Owen Bernstein….


“Going to the CrossFit Games is legitimately the “Superbowl” of CrossFit and having the opportunity at only 20 years old to participate in the “Superbowl “ of CrossFit leaves me very very humbled and excited to be part of such an amazing opportunity . When I started CrossFit in 2012 in a small 500 sq foot building that consisted of hardwood floors and limited equipment , it was my dream and a life goal of mine to make it as far as I have today . Never did I believe that such a feat would come so quickly .
As a younger Athlete I was involved in Baseball and Soccer , after sophomore year of Soccer I committed myself to just doing CrossFit . I was never a “great “ ball player and never a “great” soccer player . One thing was that I always wanted was to be better . I could not even squat below parallel when I began CrossFit in 2012. However that didn’t stop me from getting there or getting my first muscle up or my first Handstand Push-up . Going to the CrossFit games is almost like a seal of approval that much of the “small” things we do each day to improve our FITNESS actually does pay off, and there is no greater satisfaction than going to the CrossFit Games and being given the opportunity to represent Back Bay , Massachusetts, the Northeast ,and the Coaches who have put in endless amounts of time into making us successful.
Have you ever had an idea, or a goal in mind, and someone chuckles at you? There’s nothing more that fires me up than when someone laughs at me or tells me something is impossible .The road to the games and what it means to be part of such great group of individuals is truly a dream come true at the age of 20 . I’ve always known I wanted to go to the games since my first open , I always have had a passion to be better, stronger , faster , more adaptable . I never wanted to be the  slowest guy in the gym or the weakest and to this day I strive to be as well rounded as possible . That being said , these characteristics of an athlete take time , and bringing focus to every day and remembering that every day makes you better is something that I live by .

It’s every kid’s dream to be an NFL quarterback , an all star in the NBA , a Gronkowski or a Lebron James , well my dream was to be an athlete at the CrossFit Games . A sense of accomplishment, a sense of passion , and a great sense of satisfaction . Its as real as real gets and being able to share this experience with 5 other incredible Teammates will be one for the books. 3..2..1.. Lets Bring it Home Gang!!!!!”

-Bern Kelly Prince





WOD: 10-05-16 Kendra gets sweet (part 2)

WOD:  For time:

8000M partner Row

Non – rowing partner holds Double KB Front Rack (2×24/2×16)

Once the Kettlebells are dropped = AMRAP Handstand Hold

15 Burpee penalty for a transition longer than 5 seconds between the KB Front Rack Hold and the HS hold


Kendra time…

What’s the Fuss About High Fructose Corn Syrup?

After reading my last blog (, did it get you thinking about the sugar hiding out in your everyday foods? I hope so, because it will make a huge difference in reaching your health goals. If not, here is some added incentive…read on.

If you’re struggling with shedding those extra pounds, it’s helpful to know how the body processes sugar.

Sucrose (refined table sugar) is comprised of 2 molecules fructose and glucose. Your body needs glucose. Glucose is GOOD. Your blood carries it throughout your body to be transformed into energy by your cells. All of your cells, and especially those in your brain, need a steady supply of glucose.

But…fructose? This bad boy is not so great. In fact, fructose goes directly to the liver where it is turned into belly fat. (All together we say, “UGH!”)

Let’s go back to sucrose, which is the blend of fructose and glucose. Sucrose is in a lot of foods, but here’s the deal: many food manufacturers prefer to use a slightly different ingredient known as High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). It was introduced in the 1970s. In addition to being very cost effective for the manufacturing plants, it helps to prevent foods from spoiling on the shelves of grocery stores – this increases the shelf life. But here’s the kicker: HFCS seriously decreases nutritional values as fiber is removed from the food. Fiber has many health benefits, but in terms of weight loss, it’s a gold mine: it stabilizes blood sugar and increases satiety (you stay full longer, meaning you eat less, meaning fiber is your weight loss friend!). The more foods with HFCS that you eat, the less fiber you’re getting, meaning you’re ditching your weight loss bestie. We can’t have that.

Perhaps an even BIGGER problem with HFCS is, unlike sucrose, the molecules are NOT bound together. Are we back in high school chemistry lab? All you need to know is how this impacts your food. Well, this is problematic because often food manufacturers will add MORE fructose to make their products sweeter. You’re consuming MORE fructose that goes straight to the liver to create MORE belly fat.

In addition, and this is the kicker, fructose is also the addictive part of sugar. It down regulates your dopamine reactors in your brain’s “reward system” — so what this means is that today’s candy bar will be yummy, but you’ll need MORE candy bars tomorrow, and you’re going to need even MORE as time passes for you to get the same feeling that you had when you ate the single candy bar TODAY. On top of that, it also fools your brain into thinking you’re starving – so you will eat more. Does this sound crazy? It’s mad science and all factual.

And it’s sad (we love candy bars) and frustrating (we don’t want belly fat), but it’s the stone cold truth.

Here’s the hard part of eating well these days: it seems like HFCS is in everything. So this is what I’m going to recommend: start looking at your food labels. Here are some examples of products that often contain HFCS:

  • Sauces (such as ketchup and BBQ sauce)
  • Yogurt
  • Energy bars
  • Soft drinks and fruit juices
  • Processed baked goods
  • Cereals
  • Crackers
  • Ice cream
  • Salad dressing
  • Potato salad
  • Most packaged snack foods
  • Cough syrup (yep!)

Do you eat any of these foods? Now that you know about the effects on your system, do you want to wean yourself off them? It’s a great idea to cut significant amounts of HFCS out of your diet. And I mean seriously GREAT IDEA because it’s ultra unhealthy…I’d love to help you pull this ingredient off your shelves and meals.

If you are inspired to ditch this rebel ingredient, drop some belly fat, or just get busy amping your energy levels with clean eating, then you’re going to want to join my next group coaching session. Please email me at or go to my website at Please reference CrossFit! Can’t wait to help you reach your goals.

To Your Amazing Health,


Yes to all of this,



* This information should not be seen as medical advice and is not meant to take the place of seeing a licensed health professional. You should discuss any dietary supplement use and should not discontinue any prescription medication without first consulting your doctor.


WOD: 9-27-16

Pre WOD:  4 sets of:

AMRAP unbroken Kettlebell Push Press (24/16)

Rest 1 minute between arms

3 sets of:

6 – 8 Strick Knees to Elbows @ 3111
6 Heavy Double Bent DB Row @ 20×1

WOD:  4 rounds for time of:

3 Wall Climbs
20 second Top of Chin Up Hold – throat touches bar the entire time
50 Double Unders


Debate tonight!…

Nothing brings people together like politics!  And by the time this publishes, it will almost be time to watch this election’s presidential debate.  If you are not in the mood to watch that, be sure to enjoy some football game that doesn’t include the Pats (meh…).  If neither one of those things are your cup of tea, then you should be reading in bed because you are going to need all of the recovery possible to tackle this monster of a day.

Yay shoulders!!!,



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