ZOUK: Fun and Sexy

You know the movie “Dirty Dancing”? Zouk is based on the sensual style of dance called “Lambada”. Once you learn this versatile style it can be danced to all different types of music from hip hop, pop, dub step or reggaeton.

Zouk originally came from Martinique and Guadalupe in the mid 80’s. In the mid 90’s the music found its way to Brazil where it was embraced by Lambada community. By that time, Lambada had been losing its popularity.

As Lambada dancers began to incorporate Zouk into their dancing, the dance began to change, becoming slower and more sensual. Zouk has since spread throughout Europe, Africa and parts of Asia. It has only recently arrived on these shores. Zouk is a beautiful and sensual dance – once you start u never want to stop! Don’t miss it!

Beginning Zouk class starts at 9:00 every Monday at 44 Fifth Street in Cambridge

Weekly dance socials are at Fire and Ice in Harvard Square

KIZOMBA: Basic and Accessibley

Kizomba is both a style of dance and a style of music. The kizomba is a sensual partner dance developed in Angola from the late 1980′s to early 1990′s. It is a fusion of Semba (the predecessor of samba), Tango, and Zouk (from the French Caribbean Islands). Kizomba music is derived directly from Zouk music and is sung, generally, in Portuguese. It is a romantic genre of music mixed with African rhythm.

Kizomba’s popularity is growing rapidly in Europe, and other parts of the world. It is finally taking over the west and east coast of the US. For those who have never danced, Kizomba is easily accessible. The basics are simple. For those who are currently dancing partner dances such as salsa, bachata, and merengue, Kizomba is a breath of fresh air. You’ll find it comfortable to slip into, and challenging enough to keep you dancing it for years to come.

Beginning Kizomba class starts at 8:00 every Monday

FORRO: Traditional and Popular

Forró is the most popular dance in Brazil’s
Northeast. Traditionally forro music uses only 3 instruments, an accordion, zabumba and a metal triangle. The dance form is constantly changing and evolving. Forro & salsa have a lot in common – from the pause on the 4 and the 8 count to the complex turn patterns, from the focus on musicality to the sensual connection between the man and the woman. Come and experience Brazilian forro at Benfica! Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes. You do not need to bring a partner to sign up for this class, and be prepared to change partners.

There is a beginner forro class every Thursday night at the Fire & Ice Restaurant in Harvard Sq @10pm, 50 Church Street in Cambridge click here to see the class

BACHATA: Widespread Latin Dance

Bachata is a sensual latin Dance from Dominican Republic. It is danced widely all over the world but not identically.

The basics to the dance are three-step with a Cuban hip motion, followed by a hip tap on the 4th beat just like in other Latin dances (salsa etc.)

We teach Sensual Bachata class in 5 week series with Raj Hotchandani & Inna Dacarina every Wednesday 7-8 pm!

Please join our group Bachata in Boston on Facebook for more events here

Carnival Samba: Great Exercise

Finally the class you have been asking for -Brazilian Samba Carnival Dance!

Come learn the basics and finish with an easy choreography and leave with a big, sweaty smile. Great Brazilian music, fun dance and work out! Lots of fun, lots of calories burned.We will work on Samba basics, timing, isolation and core strength.

Drop in classes are $15. Current students welcome to use their student punch card
It is a fun way to get your cardio work for the day. Wear workout clothes and shoes required plus a towel and a big bottle of water. Shoes to wear: dance sneakers, thin sole workout shoes.
Avoid shoes with super thick soles., jazz slippers also fine.
THIS IS NOT A SAMBA BALLROOM CLASS. IT IS BRAZILIAN SAMBA COMBINED W/ CARDIO FITNESS. NO PARTNER NEEDED!!

SAMBA DE GAFIEIRA: Elegant and Fun

Samba de Gafieira is the most popular Brazilian ballroom dance. Its origins include
the Maxixe, a Brazilian contemporary to Tango, but its movement aesthetics are deeply informed by many forms of Brazilian samba. The class is structured as an intensive 3 week course. Students will start as beginners and will advance the technique and steps with the following lessons. Samba de Gafieira is a very elegant but fun couples dance.

Classes are open to all levels, no partner is necessary. Frequent partner changes will be encouraged during the class. Clothing: Anything comfortable for dancing, ballroom dance shoes are recommended for ladies, but not necessary.

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