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Sort Of Like Samba

June 15, 2007

This morning I took a Brazilian dance class. I had never attempted Brazilian dance before. I didn't even know what it was. A 30-something British woman names Susan Jane who's lived in Oakland for past 8 years described what would follow as being "sort of like samba." I don't know anything about samba, but I enjoyed myself nonetheless. The class was led by a Brazilian woman called Isaura.

The steps were pretty simple, though I don't think I had my "wiggle" right. There's an ease to the way that Isaura moves in her white linens. Her hips, shoulders and arms undulate like gentle waves. She's able to isolate parts of her body that I didn't even know existed. There's a deliberate rhythm to every stamp of her feet. My body, on the other hand, more or less moved in time with the music. I went mostly in the right directions and didn't tread on anyone else's feet. But I felt very stiff.

Still, there's something about stamping one's feet, gyrating one's hips and waving one's arms about that puts a smile on my face at 9am on a Friday morning. I am going to go again next week.

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4 Comments:

  • Hooray!

    If you dig it, may I recommend Tania Santiago at ODC/Rhythm and Motion in the Mission? Tue and Thu eves, Sat morns.

    She's fabulous and her classes are a phenomenal high. She does a lot of candomble and traditional Afro-brazilian dance (celebrating various orixas) and samba reggae (samba from Bahia in the NE part of Brazil). No samba do rio (I don't know Isaura does any samba from Rio). Not sure what Susan means - samba IS Brazilian.

    I have taken class with Isaura - she somtimes subs for Tania.

    Have fun and if you're in NYC, come check out:

    sambany.com

    By Blogger Brian, At June 15, 2007 at 7:06 PM  

  • That was actually me, posting above; but a certain member of a certain San Francisco-based theater company currently staying my apartment forgot to log out.

    sheesh.

    By Blogger D, At June 15, 2007 at 7:08 PM  

  • thanks for the tip!

    By Blogger Chloe, At June 15, 2007 at 7:47 PM  

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