Aside from dance games like Dance Dance Revolution and alternative rhythm games like Samba di Amigo and DJ Hero, the most notable competition for the Guitar Hero audience on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 is the Rock Band franchise.
Today, after much research, development and international agreement, there are five recognized "Latin" dances - the Samba, Rumba, and Cha Cha (from Latin America), the Paso Doble (from Europe), and the Jive (from North America).
Whether you've been samba dancing for years, or are just getting acquainted with the dance form originating in Brazil, you'll want a wide repertoire of samba dance moves in order to keep the time you spend dancing full of fun.
Just like there is no one single genre of ballet (rather: classical, modern, and post-modern ballet, not to mention jazz ballet), there are several types of Samba dance styles, especially in the birthplace of Samba: Brazil.
Men traditionally dance this samba with the foot completely hitting the ground while women, who often dance samba wearing high heels, usually dance just on the balls of the feet with the heel kept off the ground.
While efforts to control the amount of body contact were made through the creation of "International" tango in 1922, that form only lost popularity to other sultry dances such as the samba.
While Carnival style in Europe is somewhat singularly influenced, the Carnaval in Rio imports influences from many outside cultures, such as the African influence seen in the Samba dance.
Unfortunately, changing the dance also made it less attractive to many and it began to decline in popularity worldwide as dances such as the foxtrot and the samba came to the forefront.
For ballroom competitions, it is the partner Samba that is showcased, whereas in most festivals and certainly in the Brazilian Carnival, it's the solo dance that is so often seen.
But these men did little more than pave the way for the true romantic novel, which first took shape under the hand of Santo KyOden (f76f1816), and culminated in the works of Bakin, Tanehiko, Samba, Ikku, Shunsui and their successors.