An extract from Blue Peter exploring the origin of the Brazilian dance Samba, which dates back to the 16th century. Elements of Portuguese culture and African settlers come together to create a vibrant music and dance form. Fast-paced music of drums, whistles and a mixture of percussion instruments accompanies the dance. Traditionally the Samba is played by strings, on a type of guitar called a cavaquinho. In addition to the rhythm a sequence of dance steps have evolved. Dancers perform a sequence of steps in carnival costume. They demonstrate the box kick and step, Samba sequence and basic Samba footwork. When the steps are placed together we see how the dance, music and costume symbolise the Brazilian carnival.
This clip can be used as a stimulus or reference to introduce the Samba dance. Teachers could use the clip to highlight the movements and rhythm needed to complete the dance. Children could start to learn the basic first steps of Samba using the clip as a reference.