Brazilian dances

Coco de roda

Coco de roda This dance is typical for North and North-East of Brazil.

Some researchers think that it was born in the African settlements and later spread along the coast. Discussions about its origin could be explained with an interesting contradiction of African character of the rhythm and Brazilian choreography of the dance. The dancers form lines or a circle and make dancing movements stamping the rhythm with their feet. Men and women dance in pairs.

The rhythms of Coco de Roda are enriched with beautiful songs. Sometimes the dance is performed without music, just to the rhythmical claps of the people who form a circle.

Often the dancers put on special shoes with heel-taps to stamp the rhythm more clearly.

Today it is not only a dance but a whole separate tendency in music. There are a great number of Coco de Roda performers in Brazil.