(Available – Autumn Season 2017)

Every Friday (15th Sep – 15Dec) from 19:30 to 21:00

A little bit about these dances:

Samba de Gafieira (also called Gafieira)

It’s a partner dance to the Brazilian samba musical rhythms and must be distinguished from the ballroom Samba, danced in International Latin and American Rhythm ballroom dance styles. It appeared in the 1940s and it gets its name from the Gafieira – popular urban nightclubs of Rio de Janeiro at that time. The dance derived from the Maxixe and followed the arrival of the Choro (another samba musical style).  It left most of the Maxixe’s Polka elements behind but maintained the entwined leg movements of the Argentine Tango, although adopting a more relaxed posture than the latter. Many see this form of Samba as a combination of Waltz and Tango. Several Brazilian dance studios use elements and techniques from these two dances to teach Samba de Gafieira steps and dance routines.  Samba de Gafieira is usually a pair dance, although in artistic performances it is not uncommon to add solo variations, including steps of Samba no Pé.

From its inception to nowadays the Samba de Gafieira has incorporated many acrobatic movements and has evolved to become today’s most complex dancing style of Samba in Brazil. This style is present in dance academies worldwide.


It’s the Brazilian, now very much international, hip-swivelling, dance floor-filling, popular music and dance originated in Brazil’s north-eastern states. It’s the most popular social dance style in Brazil.  As some forrozeiros (fans of forró) would put it, “it’s less competitive than salsa and less pedantic than tango…”. It is arguably one of the easier partner dances to master, which would explain why it’s so addictive and increasingly popular! Oh, and by the way – it’s pronouced “faw-HAW”…


Bolero is a beautiful Brazilian dance style danced to romantic slow songs.  It is elegant, smooth and requires great floor craft.  It’s also heavily influenced by Tango.

In this course you will get to learn those 3 dance styles that are part of the Brazilian Ballroom dances present in all dance schools in Brazil.

Instructor: Edson Modesto

He is a professional Brazilian dancer that works with the Brazilian Ballroom and popular dances.  Also, he is an All Stars level dancer and instructor in West Coast Swing.  More than 12 years and counting as director for The Move in the cultural scene has given Edson experience in producing and participating in Brazilian national and international events where dance had the central stage. In such time span there were highlights such as participation on the recording of DVD shows from many renowned artists, in the Brazilian version of the famous TV show “Dancing With the Stars”, among others, and the first places in international dance championships together with other Brazilian artists, besides the production and direction of the aforementioned international dance events, like “West In Sampa”.

Terms of Service

The instructors will not be held liable for any accidents, injuries or damages resulting from anyone utilizing the information and instructions contained within the workshops, either in a teaching capacity or student capacity.
The participant acknowledges that any activities are AT THEIR OWN RISK and must use their own judgement of their physical capabilities & limitations. – Once you have registered for the event, there are no refunds. In case of injury or illness, you may completely transfer your place in the Workshop or replace your missed classes when applicable.
Completing your registration you agree with the Terms os Service here described and also, not to record or make any video during the lessons without previous authorization from the instructors. *

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