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Surname 1 Student Name: Professor: Subject: Theatre Studies Date: The Samba Dance Costume Introduction Traditional dances have a variety of perspectives ranging from the style of dance, the dancing costume, the purpose of the dance, is the dance connected to worship (worship of a higher deity) or social events? All these cultural dances range from different cultures throughout the world. One such unique dance is the Brazilian Samba dance. It began as an Afro-Brazilian dance and was associated with the lowly in society. At first, the people of higher perspective did not understand the essence of the dance whether it was related to witchcraft or associated with worship and entertainment. Over the years, it gained popularity such that it has become a 21 st Century identity of the Brazilian people (Serra, Marcos Maurício et al.). The gain in popularity is because the aim of the dances shifts and the people openly accept it. For instance, when the Samba dance was associated with spirits worship and witchcraft back in the 17 th and the 18 th century, few regarded it and it was for the lowly. but modifications in the dance and the types of dance used as a form or recreation means people readily accept it as a form of entertainment and exercise, no wonder dances are incorporated in gymnastics and aerobics to psyche up the body (Treece, David). One of the unique aspects of the dance is the roles played by the different genders. The men reveal their masculine power through the drumming while the women reveal their prowess
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Surname 2 through dancing. Another unique aspect of the dance is the dancing costume. The dancing costume by the women mainly are feathers of birds tied to their backs such that they resemble peacocks. In addition, the women expose most of the parts of the body except the parts considered private.
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