The international ballroom version of samba is a lively, rhythmical dance with elements from Brazilian samba. It differs considerably from the original samba styles of Brazil; in particular, it differs from Samba de Gafiera, a partner type of Samba in that country. As a ballroom dance, the samba is a partner dance. Ballroom samba, even more than other ballroom dances, is very disconnected from the origins and evolution of the music and dance that gives it its name.
The ballroom samba is danced to music in 2/4 or 4/4 time. It uses several different rhythmic patterns in its figures, with cross-rhythms being a common feature. The ballroom samba is danced under several different rhythms, including the original samba music. It is also possible to dance ballroom samba with flamenco, zouk and other South American rhythms. (Wikipedia)
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