On this dance trip to Brazil, you will explore the warmth of Brazilian culture, Rio de Janeiro’s famous dance and music scene, and the incredible natural beauty of Rio and Ilha Grande. Through our partnerships with top studios and instructors, we offer the unique opportunity to connect with locals and take dance classes of the highest caliber.
In the mornings, you can head to Ipanema beach or Copacabana beach, sip an acai juice, or sleep in after a night out on the town. In the afternoons, you’ll visit local sites and take Samba de Gafiera classes, Samba no Pé classes, Zouk classes, Forro classes, Bolero classes and more. The night is your time to put your new dance skills to the test at local hot spots.
After an amazing experience in Rio de Janeiro, we will cool off with a trip to Ilha Grande (“Big Island”)—a tropical reserve with no cars, but plenty of hiking trails, boat rides to crystalline beaches and lagoons, and restaurants with live music along the waterfront. We’ll dance by moonlight in the sand where Brazil’s only Island Zouk Festival takes place.
You can look forward to …
- Samba, Zouk, and Forro classes from some of the top instructors in Rio
- Adventuring in nature: Improvising some steps on a mountaintop overlooking the Atlantic ocean, snorkeling in warm crystalline waters, and hiking through tropical jungles
- A culinary class at Favela Organica, a community organization that grows its own organic produce and is working to change the community’s relationship to food and the environment in one of Rio’s most historic favelas
- Riding the gondola to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain
- Plenty of beach time to kick back and relax
- Delicious Brazilian barbecue and feijoada (bean stew) accompanied by live samba
- Your stay in a local hotel or AirBnB
- Breakfasts on Ilha Grande and in Rio
- Welcome lunch and farewell dinner
- In-country transportation
- Entry to a local show
- Dance lessons
- Airport transfer
- Transportation to and from Ilha Grande
- Excursions to Urca Mountain and Christ the Redeemer
- A snorkeling tour
- Welcome goodie bag
- A cooking class
- Other surprises
What’s Not Included
- Travel insurance
- Cost of medical immunizations
- Excess baggage charges
- Airport taxes
- Items of a personal nature
- Most meals (anything not listed above)
Melaina Spitzer, Dance Adventures Director, Brazil:
After seven years in Latin America, Melaina returned to the US to work with Dance Adventures and launch her coaching company Inner Peacebuilding. While abroad, she lived in Argentina, Brazil and Ecuador where she studied local dances.
In Buenos Aires, Argentina, Melaina fell in love with dancing and singing Tango, reported on the Tango de Salon Championships for the BBC, and completed her Master’s in Peace, Conflict, and Security as a Rotary World Peace Fellow. She then moved to Brazil for three years where she worked in sustainable development and trained in Brazilian Ballroom styles including Forró, Samba and Zouk.
Melaina also led youth trips in Africa, South America and the US for National Geographic, Putney Student Travel, and World Learning. Through this experience and her work with Dance Adventures, she has seen firsthand the power of dance to facilitate personal growth and community building.
Melaina leads our Brazil and Argentina trips.
Megan Taylor Morrison, CEO, Dance Adventures:
Hailing from Washington, D.C., Megan’s purpose is to bring joy, peace, authenticity, and presence to the world through dancing and coaching. She has lived abroad in Europe and Africa and traveled to dance in 10 countries around the globe.
Megan specializes in group dynamics, partnering with individuals to bring forth their best selves, and designing experiences that allow Dance Adventures’ participants to consciously dig into different cultures around the world. She adores Brazil for its kind people, amazing food, gorgeous language, and–of course–its incredible dancing. In her own dance career, Megan is most passionate about dances of the swing era. She teaches, performs and competes in lindy hop, blues, collegiate shag and balboa at competitions across the United States.
Dance Adventures also works with numerous local artists to make this trip an incredible and authentic experience for all participants. Those hired depends on availability. You will be sent information about your instructors before your departure.
|1||Arrive in Rio de Janeiro and relax before your orientation and welcome dinner.|
|2 – 4||Take part in dance classes, immerse yourself in the local dance community and attend shows and performances. You will have the opportunity to see sights, explore the largest urban national forest in the world and enjoy the city’s incredible beaches.|
|5 – 8||Travel to Ilha Grande (Big Island) where you will take classes, relax in nature, and explore the Island reserve.|
|9 – 10||Return Rio and enjoy more dance classes, free time, and nights on the town|
|11||Pack up, do any last-minute shopping, and head to the airport|
*This itinerary may be adjusted to improve the quality of your experience.