This five week class will teach students the fundamentals of Brazilian Samba dance. We’ll cover the hip & booty shaking style of Samba de Roda from the north of Brazil as well as the flirtatious, regal Samba Queen dance style from Rio. This class will include foundational steps, both slow and fast; posture; hip & booty movement; and graceful arm movement and improvisation technique as well.
This class is an Open Level Samba dance class, for beginners who have not tried Samba dance and also anyone who would like to work on or improve their foundational movements, both women and men. No previous dance experience is necessary. Students should wear fitness clothes (like yoga or workout pants) and bring a bottle of water to class. This class is danced with bare feet. We will have fun moving to the uplifting music of Brazil! Great after-work fitness workout and beautiful way to move your hips & lift your spirits.
Theresa Marie is a Samba dance performer and teacher as well as a certified personal trainer and fitness coach. She performed semi-professionally in New York City for 4 years, and the Bay Area, California for many more. She has taught Samba dance at different companies like Google and at dance/yoga studios like Stepping Out Studios and The Ball in NYC. Her teachers include Danielle Lima, Rio Samba in NYC; Rosangela Silvestre, Axe and modern technique in Salvador, Brazil; Danda da Hora from Ile Aiye; and Marsea Marquis and J’ann Rains in Santa Cruz, CA. She is classically trained in music, and fell in love with Samba dance while playing drums for dance classes 16 years ago and she has not stopped dancing Samba since…and she loves sharing the musicality, Samba Queen (and King) spirit, and hip & booty shaking joy of Brazilian dance.