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How To Get Better

At a recent showcase, I performed a Latin dance—the samba—with a friend and fellow dance student, Robert. I knew from the start that our routine was a bit beyond my beginner abilities, but the audience seemed to like us and I was happy that I remembered all the steps and kept up the basic ‘bounce’ of this difficult dance. 600 more words


#TBT Brazilian Carnival Circa 2006

I’ve never been happier to have someone spill beer on me. The only thing between myself and the thousand other gyrating bodies is a sticky layer of humidity under the equatorial Amazonian summer sun. 733 more words


New Meanings Symposium

In 2010, New Meanings was convened and co-curated by Arif Smith. Twenty-one musicians, dancers, and scholars were invited to examine traditional and contemporary articulations of African-rooted percussion practices including… 35 more words

African Diaspora

Dance To The Beat Of My Drum

Last Saturday The Edinburgh Samba School had their autumn busk on the city’s Grassmarket; the weather was relatively nice, the crowds were decent, and the band sounded good. 699 more words

Music Features

Na ponta do pé

Another Zumba Fitness routine, Na ponta do pé – great for practicing the basic samba step :) Enjoy!

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Technically, Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is public domain. So the fact that I paid any money for it (even if it was just $1.50) should perhaps not be considered a “bargain.” But, hey, it covers the printing cost, right? 392 more words