Weslei Guimaraes

Samba de Gafieira, Forró, Bolero

berkeley, san francisco

instructor

Bolero & Samba de Gafieira

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Samba de Gafieira (also called Gafieira) is a partner dance to Brazilian samba musical rhythms. Unlike various street and club forms of Brazilian samba, it evolved as a ballroom dance (dança de salão, literally, "salon dance"). Samba de Gafieira must be distinguished from the ballroom Samba, danced in International Latin and American Rhythm ballroom dance styles. Gafieira is usually a pair dance, although in artistic performances it is not uncommon to add solo variations, including steps of Samba no Pé. All levels welcome.

Samba de Gafieira (also called Gafieira) is a partner dance to Brazilian samba musical rhythms. Unlike various street and club forms of Brazilian samba, it evolved as a ballroom dance (dança de salão, literally, "salon dance"). Samba de Gafieira must be distinguished from the ballroom Samba, danced in International Latin and American Rhythm ballroom dance styles. Gafieira is usually a pair dance, although in artistic performances it is not uncommon to add solo variations, including steps of Samba no Pé. All levels welcome.

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Sunday

10:00a - 11:30a

All Levels

Sunday

10:00a - 11:30a

All Levels

*Please confirm schedules with studio

Forró

Saturday

3:30p - 4:45p

All Levels

Saturday

3:30p - 4:45p

All Levels

*Please confirm schedules with studio

About Weslei Guimaraes

Weslei Guimarães is a performer, dance teacher, choreographer and native of Rio De Janeiro. He is living in the USA as part of BrasArte’s artist-in-residence program. Weslei teaches a variety of dance styles from Samba no pé, bolero, soltinho (brazilian swing) fórro samba de gafieira and Baile funk across the Bay Area, with a focus on Brazilian partner dances, and to dance enthusiasts of all ages. In Brazil, he is a national Bolero champion, winner of “Estilizando Bolero” in 2016. He has also appeared on the hugely popular Brazilian TV programs Esquenta! and Encontro com Fatima Bernardes, and in Rio’s Carnaval as a dancer in many “comissões de frente” of escolas de samba. Here in the US, Welsei has appeared as a performer in productions like the CubaCaribe Festival, Sambrazil! (performer, choreographer, assistant director), and Yemanja Arts Festival, as well benefit concerts for KPFA and DACA support services. He is also in his second year as choreographer and leader of the first Samba de Gafieira section to be presented at San Francisco Carnaval.