Brazilian Heat brings the Intensity from Brazil straight to Alberta. We are Calgary’s most Diverse and Authentic Brazilian Performance Group with over 15 years experience, and our vision is to share all aspects of Brazil’s Vibrant Culture with the Community! Check out the Video below to see some of the Performances we offer.
Be prepared to be WOWED by the Vivid and Bold Colours, Sights and Sounds of Brazil! Experience the culture up close and personal. The performance includes a Live Percussion Bateria, Dancers in Full Costume and Feathers, Live Vocalists and the Elusive Brazilian Martial Artists performing the “Dance Fight” of Capoeria.
Participate in a fun setting learning some of the basic Percussion, Capoeira and Dances! Applicable to those of all ages and a great way to get everyone up on their feet and having fun:) (These can serve as awesome team building activities).
We can facilitate an educational component through traditional Presentations with Handouts or by Telling Stories of this Lively Country through Demonstrations.
Developed 400 years ago by the Africans enslaved by the Portuguese, they were prohibited from practicing their traditional martial arts, so in turn they disguised it as a dance by adding acrobatics and music meanwhile removing the element of contact! It is known for quick and complex moves, using mainly power, speed, and leverage for a wide variety of kicks, spins, and highly mobile techniques.
Samba is a lively, and rhythmical dance, and although there are multiple styles of samba, the one most commonly observed and known internationally would be Samba no Pe. This is a solo dance that is most often danced impromptu when samba music is played. The basic movement involves a straight body and a bending of one knee at a time. The feet move very slightly – only a few inches at a time. This is most commonly associated with the Carnival in Rio de Janerio!
Samba de roda is a traditional Afro-Brazilian dance performed after a Candomblé ceremony. The typical drum is the atabaque; drummers improvise variations and elaborations on common patterns, accompanied typically by singing and clapping as well as dancing. The Samba de Roda is a celebratory event incorporating music, choreography and poetry.
Samba-reggae is a music genre from Bahia, Brazil. Samba reggae, as its name suggests, was originally derived as a blend of Brazilian samba drumming with Jamaican reggae. represents an effort by black Brazilians to develop a Carnival parade music that they could call their own, and to form all-black or mostly-black blocos with which they could parade during Carnival. The afro bloco music was very different because they aimed to recreate and strengthen their community through their music.
Maculele is an Afro-Brazilian dance where the dancers hold two sticks in their hands while they dance in the roda (circle). The dance is based on the story about a young boy who was left in his village with only the women and children while the men went out to hunt. They came under attack and he fought alongside the women to protect the village.
Coco is an African-influenced musical rhythm that originated in Northern Brazil.
Let the live drumming inspire you to move!! During the performance you will experience the Bateria’s of Brazil, whether is its the Samba Bateria or the Capoeira Bateria! Bateria directly translated means
Maracatu origins lie in the investiture ceremonies of the Reis do Congo (Kings of Congo), who were slaves that occupied leadership roles within the slave community. When slavery was abolished in Brazil in 1888, the institution of the Kings of Congo ceased to exist. Nonetheless, they continued to choose symbolic leaders. Traditionally performed by parading with a drumming group of 80-100, a singer and chorus, and a coterie of dancers and stock characters including the king and queen.