Encyclopedia of Dance: Lambada


In the turbulent eighties, lambada quickly broke into our lives and conquered the whole world. Like a hurricane, she swept over the whole earth

The lambada musical style originated in the Brazilian state of Para. This dance caused a lot of controversy and disagreement. At one time, the opinion of many converged to the fact that the eroticism of the lambada bordered on pornography. But time put everything in its place. The girls and boys were captivated by the captivating melodies and incendiary rhythms of the dance, in which the sensually graceful movements of the couple are subject to sharp accompaniment, and a very fast pace does not negate sophistication and tenderness. Lambada is a great opportunity to relieve stress, improve mood, and get a positive charge for a long time.

History of occurrence dance

The term «lambada» is of Portuguese origin and literally means «to touch». But in Brazil, this word was called any music they liked — a hit, a hit. The basis of the lambada is the dances of the Indians of the Amazon — carimbo, forro and matchish. From carimbo, lambada borrowed a sensual character, rotational movements of the hips, swaying of the skirt. Matchish also gave the lambada some of the movement. However, it should be noted that participation in an openly sexual and forbidden matchish somewhat spoiled the reputation of the new dance. There has long been a myth that the lambada was banned in Brazil because of its eroticism. In fact, matchish was banned in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and lambada became a “victim” of inaccurate information and gossip.

In official metrics, the birthplace of the modern lambada is Porto Seguro, a city on the Atlantic Ocean in the Brazilian state of Bahia. French producer Olivier Lamothe, who visited the local carnival, was brought there in the mid-80s of the last century. The melodies and rhythms impressed him so much that upon his return he created the Kaoma musical group from black Hispanics. The enterprising Frenchman created the song «Lambada», in which he used the Bolivian melody and lyrics, for which he paid as a result of a lawsuit for copyright infringement. As a result, the text of the song had to be abandoned, and an instrumental version became widespread. Nevertheless, the triumphal procession of the lambada around the world has begun. Like a spark, her popularity flared up, and, having circled the whole world, the lambada returned to Brazil for a new story.

What is a lambada?

Lambada is a pair dance. The idea of ​​dance is a triumph of youth, beauty and sensuality. Time signature — 4/4, tempo — 70 beats per minute. On the first beat of the measure, a slow movement is made, on the next two — two fast ones. Lambada can be danced on the spot, or you can move around the dance floor so as not to interfere with other dancers. Lambada movements have much in common with Dominican merengue, samba, forro, carimbo. The dance is based on constant rotational movements of the hips, reminiscent of a figure eight. Lambada figures can be danced in any order. Traditionally, women’s costume consists of a fluffy skirt, above the knees, with numerous flounces.

Features of the lambada

The partner begins to make movements of the lambada from the right foot, and the partner from the left. Accordingly, the partner finishes the figure with the left foot, and the partner, on the contrary, with the right. A feature of the dance is the constant contact between the inner side of the man’s right leg and the inner side of the woman’s right leg.

The partner can stand on the floor with a whole foot, and the partner moves exclusively on her toes and keeps her legs more straight than the partner in order to be able to make turns.

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