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Topic - Carla Campos
With their gyrating hips and feet that move so fast they dissolve into a blur, samba instructor Carla Campos' students are barely distinguishable from the swarms of scantily clad dancers in Rio de Janeiro's Carnival parades. What's make them different is where they come from: abroad.
"I swear I have seen foreigners who not only danced as well as your average person here in Rio, but some who are even better than good dancers from here," said Campos, looking the part of a samba instructor in her unitard with white and electric blue stripes. "Sure, it's a hard dance, but it's ridiculous to think there's anything genetic to it. It's about hard work."
"The Finns were so passionate about it, they knew more about samba and danced better than many people here," Campos said, adding that those from Rio's moneyed elite have long tended to look down their noses at the samba as the dance of the lower classes.