Originated in Brazil, this dance and style of music has its roots in Africa. The modern style of samba that Brazilians love today was created in the Favelas, or slums, of Rio de Janeiro in the 1900’s. Though an older form of samba, now called samba de roda has been danced in Brazil for several hundred years earlier.
The people in Rio de Janeiro loved it so much, neighborhoods would hold mini carnivals and danced samba together, these were called blocos. These blocos eventually grew into the samba schools in Rio now. Samba schools each have their own distinct form of samba. Every year during Easter, all the samba schools gather to show off their dance moves. This happens in Rio’s Sambadrome, where each school take turns to parade through the stadium in their colorful costumes, and of course dance their hearts out.