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Enjoy Dancing In Peru And Brazil

Rhythmic cultures are best experienced in South America and dance is the most essential element all over the continent. Both Peru and Brazil have exciting dance traditions, that you can explore during a tour of both countries.

Peru’s Dance Culture

The national dance of Peru is the marinera, although not nearly as popular as the tango. Marinera is a lovely and intricate dance that lovers of this art may enjoy learning. Marinera is a highly diversified type of dance and there are 3 distinct and characterized variations namely Marinera Limena, Marinera Serrana and Marinera Nortena . It is the Norteña that is right now the most favorite version. Those willing to learn the dance style can seek help from a few centres that provide lessons in Lima and if you only want to enjoy as a viewer, there are some restaurants and culture groups that have this facility. Avid dance lovers can really have the fun and thrill of participating in dance competitions which are held during the month of January in Trujillo which is situated north of Lima.

Even though Peru has a national dance in the form of marinera there are various places where you can learn salsa within a short time. The good thing is, you don’t even need to pay for lessons. While you are in Cusco, for example, you’ll find that a number of the clubs around the main square (Plaza de Armas) offer free salsa lessons early in the night, normally from around 9:30 to 11:30. This can be a little boring for someone who already knows about how to dance salsa but the instructors are often quite good and generally quite pleased to pair up with someone who isn’t a novice so as to exhibit their own skills better. Due to the popularity of the dance here, you can also find salsa bands performing at a variety of locations. The Muse, for example, generally has a great Cuban salsa band performing on Friday and Saturday nights.

Dancing in Brazil

Amidst a number of options, Samba is a type of dance that is very popular in South America. The place to enjoy this is Brazil, in Rio de Janeiro. Although the roots are from Africa, since it developed there, it has adopted its own distinct style in Brazil, becoming famous on the streets during Carnaval. You may well find that the way you learned this during your ballroom dance studio at home is not quite the hip moving way you will learn it here.

There are various classes available to visitors or, for those more adventurous, they can go to a local school to join in the evening lessons. These are often located in the outskirts of town and definitely not the safest places for out of towners so be sure you do not go on your own. You will take note of the fact that learning Portuguese and samba classes are advertised as a combined package.

In case you are thinking about dance lessons in local academies, an important point to note in this regard is that they have carnival preparation in mind and will practise for the main occasion several times and you have to obtain thorough information about when you can get proper coaching. Visitors can also find local people who provide robust training regarding how to play the instruments used in samba dance. Academies of samba dance are nothing but groups where natives prepare themselves for the upcoming carnival events and samba nights are essential parts of such schools in which everyone can participate.

Gafieiras, that is the local name for Samba dance clubs are mainly found in Lapa district. The whole area has a Bohemian feel to it. It is currently under transformation but as a tourist one should be mindful while travelling across different locations. Roaming in and around the main streets is fine as you are safe in these locations. There will be plenty of other tourists and taxis around. If you want to simply enjoy then you can directly join the popular dance clubs but those willing to demonstrate dancing talent can learn in dance schools so as to showcase their talent in prominent clubs.

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