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Samba Soul Dancers from Global Dance Arts, Marina Del Rey Parade down Abbot Kinney
Bringing the spirit of Brazil's carnival celebration to our local Abbot Kinney Festival and sharing what we love with the community was such an honor. We are Samba Soul from Global Dance Arts, we are about dancing and bringing people together in celebration through world arts. Our mission is to express our joy, share our dance and inspire others to get moving and feeling their best as well. We are about empowerment and self love and believe in sharing our passion of dance and the art of Brazilian Samba with the world. Recently we paraded Samba down Abbot Kinney with our Samba Soul School of Samba and had the pleasure of teaming up with Samba da Mudança band. We were there to help kick off the Abbot Kinney Fest and bring people out into the streets for a fun filled day. And bring people out we sure did...they came running, one man on his cell phone nearby, said "drop what you are doing and get down here now". People were delighted to get to hear live drumming and see Samba dancing, as it's not an every day that you feel instantly transported to Rio.
The powerful call of the Samba drums is something that inspires the spirit. When you hear the drums you can't help but start dancing. You see there is just a very special energy that happens when you share Brazilian Samba, in Brazil we call it Axé, meaning: good spirit and positive energy. Samba is a party! People get so excited and surprised they are literally overjoyed and brought to the bliss of being in the present moment. Which let's face it, is rare these days when we are on our smart phones 24/7. When you hear Samba coming down the street...you forget about the phone and join the parade!
It was an incredible experience to see people get so excited and happy about seeing and experiencing live samba. It's wonderful to see people literally drop what they are doing and come see what it's all about and how they can get involved. Samba is a dance of the present moment and it's a dance of energy transformation and healing. Our heart can't help but feel the elevating vibration of the drums, and our hips and feet just can't stop moving!
There is no way to be around samba and feel sad. As we paraded down Abbot Kinney we had many people join us. One little girl that started dancing and having fun with us just came out of the crowd and got into the groove. We saw she was a natural and talked to her family after, they let us know she had been going through a lot, a parent in the hospital, and they were so happy to see her face light up and to see her dancing made them hopeful. For that hour she was dancing and carefree…and that’s what it’s all about. Seeing her dance samba with us was so special. For us Samba is a way of bringing joy to ourselves and others. Everyone goes through ups and downs and needs a way to bring happiness into their life. Dancing S is one of the fasted ways to happiness. The benefits of dancing have been scientifically proven, to name a few: your heart rate, endorphins and energy increases. We do what we do because we love it. It's a creative expression and euphoric energy that transcends all obstacles and can only be described in one word: Samba! It's so good for the soul!
Come Samba and move with us here at Global Dance Arts in Marina Del Rey. We want to share this bliss and special studio of the arts with you. We offer dance classes, movement, fitness, arts and wellness for all ages.
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