Anny is a Brazilian born in Salvador, the city said to be the birthplace of samba. At 18 she started going to dance classes, learning samba from the most famous choreographers, but samba has been in her blood from a very young age. Through diligent training, she has built firm foundations, and today she is an accomplished samba dancer and instructor. At the age of 20, she went to travel Europe with a troupe of dancers. Since 2009 she has lived in different European cities, regularly taking part in tours by various samba dance troupes, but several years ago she settled in Croatia. In 2014 she became the cover face of the OBN TV station where she has a samba school show. She visits Brazil at least twice a year not only to perfect her samba skills in Rio de Janeiro, but also to see her family and friends. In her free time, besides dancing and teaching samba, she also goes to ballet classes.
From beginners to experienced dancers, at Anny Alves samba school everyone will have something to do at samba classes. The instructor’s individual approach and expertise allows you to easily master even the most difficult moves and numerous dance figures. The class starts with a warm-up and easy stretch, followed by samba steps of varying complexity, depending on the group’s level of knowledge. In a relaxed and entertaining environment, students dance and have fun at the same time. Beside the various benefits samba brings to your mind, spirit and body, you can feel a breath of true Brazilian energy.
Story of Samba
Samba is a combination of music and dance with roots reaching back to Africa. It was formulated in Brazil in the 16th century, and today it is considered one of Brazil’s major cultural manifestations. The name samba comes from the root of “samba”, literally a sideways movement, but in its modern form samba means to be joyous, make jokes, jump with joy, convey and receive good energy. Samba first appeared in Europe in 1924, but its simplified form did not start to spread before 1948. Since then, it has gathered a growing number of fans, winning everyone over with its ease, serenity and joyfulness.
Samba brings our bodies many benefits, as you enjoy the dance with your entire being. Its rhythm encourages constant movement and releases serotonin, the happiness hormone.
Brazil’s most popular dance will quickly get you moving. It is fun, and it also helps you shed unwanted weight, increase muscle mass, strengthen and form your buttocks, legs, abdomen and arms.
It improves balance and strengthens bones, and it has a positive effect on confidence and general mood. That is why samba is the ideal choice for everyone who wants to be fit, stay in form and avoid static exercise, and at the same time enjoy and have fun with Brazil’s hot rhythms.