How do real samba dance costumes look on professional performances? This is the topic of this new post we decided to write, per request of one our readers. Samba dance costumes for professional wear are supposed to be at the same time creative, have an “impacting look”, comfortable, but mainly durable. Feathers falling from the samba costumes, for example, are not supposed to be seen on the catwalk / or stage, not say the beads or crystals incrusted in the bikini tops or other adornments. This is an item where many suppliers don´t pay much attention. As we have written in other articles, samba dance costume quality made should last since some of the touring samba show may last for months!! To help us illustrate our point, Belavista-Rio posted below some real video footage (filmed in Rio de Janeiro ) to assist our readers understand and see how samba dance bikinis or costumes look on a stage, samba rehearsal, or in a parade. On this post, we selected three videos where different kinds of samba dance costumes and samba bikinis costumes were used in the Brazilian carnival for different purposes.
The selected videos are not long and truly help samba dancers and carnival lovers not only to see how the costumes are presented on the Brazilian carnival, but also how they are “maneuvered” by the famous “passistas”. We hope you will get a glimpse of these samba costumes features and inspire yourself not only to “invent” your costume but also to review some of the most fabulous Brazilian samba dance routines on the planet, roots based, in the home of samba: Rio de Janeiro. In this selection of samba dance & samba bikini costumes, you will see the real “passistas”– the Portuguese word which defines professional samba dancers, in most common scenarios where they are used to present themselves. We will explain in the caption above the video.
This first video above shows more than a dozen ofsamba passistas from Estácio de Sá Samba School in a presentation. You will be able to notice you simply don´t see glitter, beads, stones, feathers on the floor of the samba-school "quadra, even though the samba dance routine is very energetic.
On this second samba dance video, the two samba dancers use a different kind of samba bikini costumes, which have part of their arms covered to add glam and elegance. You will also see the the abundance of feathers and the amazing samba routines which enchanted the spectators of the Porto Bay Hotel in Copacabana, in their traditional Carnival Feijoada- Carnival Beans Stew. Still, the costumes "stood firm and still".
<b>This last samba dance costume, is a different kind you are used to see. It is normally more elaborate, with more stones, beads, and embroidery work, and used by Carnival Queens, Princesses, and Muses. It´s certainly glamorous, and adds a special elegance to a presentation. In this case this samba dance costume is a dress, sparkled with Svarowski Cystals. Is was used by the famous Shayene Cesário, Queen of Rio de Janeiro Carnival 2010, and Queen of Estacio de Sa Samba School in 2011.
What are the best neighborhoods to enjoy Brazil Carnival in Rio?
If you are traveling to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to enjoy Carnival, there are a few districts and neighborhoods we recommend. Definitely try to stay at the “Zona Sul” or South Zone. We strongly advise visitors to stay at the following districts: Flamengo, Ipanema, Copacabana, Botafogo, Lagoa, Santa Teresa, Laranjeiras, Leblon, and Rio´s downtown Centro da Cidade (financial district). The main reason is that most of the carnival festivals activities are located only in these neighborhoods. Flamengo, Botafogo, Centro, and Santa Teresa are especially close to Rio´s Sambadrome, where the official Rio Carnival parade is held.
Avoid staying at Barra or São Conrado. They are simply too far from the Parade and there are very few street carnival parties compared to these other Rio districts. In 2009, Rio´s 2009 Carnival will have more than 250 street groups or “blocos de rua” in Portuguese. They are really fun, authentic and free. The great majority of these amazing street groups are held in districts like Ipanema, (Banda de Ipanema), Laranjeiras (Volta Alice, Imprensa Que Eu Gamo), and Centro (Cordão do Bola Preta). For a full list of 2009 ´s Street Groups please check our Rio Carnival Street Parties cultural tab.
Below, the Hotel Monte Claro in at the Center of Rio - Lapa
Travelling to Brazil? Do you know if any vaccination procedure should be made? Belavista-Rio obtained an official document from the Brazilian Government stating in what conditions and locations vaccination requirements should be made. Please read below to fully understand vaccination requirements to Brazil.
For tourists who have been in transit over the past three months, or who are coming from certain countries - Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Colombia, Ecuador, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, French Guiana, Liberia, Nigeria, Peru, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leon, Sudan, Venezuela and Zaire -, an International Certificate of Vaccination against yellow fever is required.
The yellow fever vaccine is also recommended for all national and international tourists who intend to visit the following Brazilian areas: North (Acre, Amazonas, Rondônia, Roraima, Amapá, Pará, Tocantins States) and Mid-west (Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Goiás e Distrito Federal States) Regions of Brazil, to all municipalities of Maranhão and Minas Gerais, to the municipalities located in the South of Piauí, West and South of Bahia, North of Espírito Santo, Northwest of São Paulo and West of the states of Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul.
The vaccine should be taken ten days before your trip 'that is how long it takes for you to be protected against the disease. The reason for this is that, in some forest areas of the country, there is the possibility of people not having taken the vaccination becoming contaminated and getting sick with yellow fever. The Brazilian coast is free from the disease in the strip that goes from Rio Grande do Sul to Piauí. The forests in the coastal strip ranging from the North of Espírito Santo to the South of Bahia have not registered the circulation of the wild yellow fever virus. It is important to remember that no cases of urban yellow fever have been seen in Brazilian cities since 1942.
Other questions and concerns regarding Vaccines:
Consult the Brazilian Consulate nearest you, or the Brazilian Embassy in your country, to explain any doubts and to obtain any other information concerning vaccinations in Brazil.
Again, we would like to confirm that major tourist's sites like Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Recife, Fortaleza and Natal are yellow fever free areas.
Although there are several tourist locations when travelling to Brazil, we strongly advise you to stop at the wonder city. Reasons for Rio de Janeiro? Consider best beaches like Ipanema, Copacabana and Leblon. Cultural Centers like Museum of Modern Art, Folcklore Museum and the Catete Palace. What about monuments like Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf? How about the nightclubs at Lapa? Ok, now I understood you got the picture!
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One of the most common questions regarding carnival in Brazil, even amongst Brazilians is to know what are the official dates of the Brazilian Carnival. We know it’s not an easy task, since every year the carnival dates are different. In order to help your planning, we decided to supply you with all of the dates through 2030. We don’t want you to miss the Brazilian Carnival of your life:
As we know, Brazil Carnival is a four day event that changes dates every year. But when is this? As dates changes, what are exactly are the Carnival days in a specific year?? It may be sometime in the past - I know what you did last Carnival! But most times it's people trying to plan ahead, like, a decade ahead!
But to know exactly when are the Carnival Dates for any given year, you have to be very very smart. Well, believe it or not, it is not an easy question to answer. You have to be part astrologer, part mathematician, and part priest! Technically, this is the answer:
Carnival usually happen just before Lent, the 40-day period preceding the Easter holiday. The Catholic Easter date was established by the Niceia's Council in the year 325 A.D.
The key then to calculate the right time for it is the equinox, the day when the sun passes the Equator, up to the North, and the first spring day. It is also the first Sunday during or after the year's first full moon. Got it?
Ok, Ok enough of explanations...we have figured it all out for you!
Here are the Official >Brazil Carnival Dates from 2008 until 2030
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Rio-de-Janeiro Carnival is synonym to magic. Thousands of people from all over of the globe come to Rio to experiment this exotic energy for their vacations. Ok, we know Rio-de-Janeirois about fantasies, dreams, celebrities and samba, but what are the real hot places to have fun during carnival? We decided to handpick the best spots to party and write about them.
Our first pick is the “desfile” (in Portuguese) or Samba Schools Parade, held at the Sambadrome which is considered the high point of Carnival. It takes place on a Sunday, February 3rd, and a Monday, February 4th, with seven schools parading each night.
Sambódromo is located at Rua Marquês de Sapucaí, Cidade Nova. That is, the parade begins at Presidente Vargas Avenue, near Praça Quinze, and ends in Rua Frei Caneca. In order to get to the “Sambódromo” and watch the Carnival parade, it is best to find out the exact location of the relevant sector, divided into two sub-groups: even and odd numbered sectors.
To Reach Even Numbered Sectors
If the relevant sector is 2, 4 or 6, there are the following options:
Taxi – pre-determined taxi companies serve the even sectors and there is plenty of information about them during carnival. There is a tariff to leave the Sambódromo and the taximeter or an agreement with the passenger settles the journey to theSambódromo.
Below, the charm and grace of an anonymous samba dancer from Porto da Pedra Samba School:
Subway – The subway works uninterruptedly everyday to 11 pm of Tuesday, the last day of carnival, at 10 minute intervals during the night. The getting off stop is always “Praça Onze” station, no matter where from. Once outside the station, turn twice to your right and then walk straight ahead to Sector 2. For Sectors 4 and 6, turn on Rua Carmo Neto (Carmo Neto Street ) and walk on to Avenue Salvador de Sá. The Sambódromo can soon be seen and several signs show the entrance to the sectors.
Odd Numbered Sectors
As for sectors 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and 13, the options are:
Taxi – Special companies serve the odd numbered sectors as well, with fixed tariff. In any case, ordinary taxicabs take passengers to the Sambódromo charging what the taximeter shows or what has been agreed upon. For those who come from South Zone, the best route is through Santa Bárbara tunnel, and for those from North Zone, via Itapiru Street. In both cases the taxicab must go over Viaduct São Sebastião, which runs parallel to the Sambódromo. Right away the signs to the entrances of the different sectors can be seen.
Subway – Easy! In Rio-de-Janeiro , either from north or south zone, the getting off stop is “Central”. From there, walk to the Rio Sambódromo, a long stretch of approximately 700 meters, going past the schools’ allegorical cars.
Bus – coming either from north or south zone, it is important to make sure that the bus is going over Viaduct São Sebastião, as many lines change the itinerary during carnival.
Below, we pasted the official schedule of the Samba schools parade inRio-de-Janeiro so you can plan yourself ahead. Next post, we will be writing about what to wear, what to drink, how much money to take and other tips for avoiding last minute troubles at the samba parade.
This is a non-commercial blog devoted to wonders of Rio-de-Janeiro , with a focus in Brazilian Carnival. Our sole objective is to describe how Carnival in Brazil is magically created, its artists, dancers and musicians that make up the world’s largest show. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.