Samba is a lively, rhythmical dance authentic to Afro-Brazilian people.
The black/African people in Brazil brought much of their music and dance culture with them upon arriving in many Latin American countries. Samba music is very similar to and has been influenced by many Angolan music genres. Various other Latin American music genres and dances have also seeped into Samba. The Samba music rhythm has been danced in Brazil since its inception in the late 16th century.
Samba actually comprises a set of dances – rather than a single dance – that define the Samba dancing scene in Brazil. No one dance can be claimed with certainty as the “original” Samba style. Deeply steeped in the tradition, Natalina introduces you to an authentic Brazilian Samba in its shimmering variety.
Natalina Monteiro Is an international dancer, teacher and choreographer from Paris, France. Born to a Cape Verdean mother and a father who was half Cape Verdean and half Brazilian, Natalina was raised by her African step-father. With her multi-national parents she traveled the world, learning many cultures, dances and languages. “Coming from an Afro-Caribbean Family I grew up dancing every day. Dance is a part of me,” says Natalina.
She was trained in classical and jazz dance in Paris and New York. Subsequently she danced for several dance companies, absorbing different dance styles, such as French Cabaret, Dance Hall, Brazilian Samba, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata etc.
Natalina taught Afro-Caribbean dance in Paris and Versailles for many years.
In 2013 she decided to move to America to attend a dance training in New York, where she danced for the United Nations, New York Times, New York Fashion Week, NBC, Fox TV and more.
Natalina has recently moved to Hawaii to share her passion and experience in global dance.