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Special Events

Elevate your Zouk social dancing through technique & skill building with this special intermediate-level series featuring the expertise & repertoire of Gabriel de C.B. from Iowa City! Classes will take place at Urbanity on Tuesday nights, starting after our Thanksgiving break.*Intermediate-level experience required. Please inquire via email to confirm eligibility and pre-register via one of the following forms of payment. You must register for all 4 weeks. Drop ins are not available for this particular event.
We're excited to be offering introductory workshops to these beautiful Brazilian dances taught by the fabulous Michelle Andrade! Michelle is a Brazilian Ballroom Dance Instructor with 20 years of experience in Latin Styles (Samba, Samba de Gafieira, Forro, Brazilian Funk, Bachata, Salsa, and others) plus four years experience of American Ballroom Dancing. She is an accomplished performer and teacher who is passionate about developing talent in students.
Forró is a style of popular music and dance that originated in the north-east of Brazil but is now famous all over the World, especially in Europe and growing in the USA, with festivals in New York, Florida, and Chicago. The instruments that feature in forró are the accordion, the bass drum, and the triangle; the dance style, you could say, reminds of a fusion of salsa, cumbia, kizomba, zouk, and samba.Samba de Gafieira is a partner samba dance. However, it is different from the ballroom version. This style incorporates some entwined leg movements of the Argentine Tango and Samba no pe (when you dance by yourself on Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro). It appeared in the 1940s and got its name from the gafieira, the popular urban nightclubs of Rio de Janeiro at that time.
If you haven't heard of these dances yet, no worries! Here's a quick description of each: