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Lambada dancing

Updated on June 15, 2012

What is Lambada?

The Lambada is a fast and sensual dance that can be performed alone, with a couple, or in a group. The name refers to the rhythm of the music: A flowing wave type motion. It reached worldwide popularity in the late 80s with the group Kaoma. Although the music has its origins in Brazil, the Kaoma Band was French. Their number one worldwide summer hit "Lambada" sold 5 million singles in 1989.

Kaoma's Lambada

My first sensual dance

I do still remember the 1989 summer and the Lambada fever. At school, we all wanted to be Roberta -the blonde girl dancing with the little boy, Chico!. Somehow I got my dream to come true and during our summer holidays in the north of Peru on a hot summer night I had my first sensual dance with ‘my' Chico. I will never forget dancing all night by the swimming pool... with the sea so close that you could almost wet your toes in it. Ever since, the Lambada brings to my mind sensuality, and the heat of the summer.

How to Dance Lambada?

Unlike other dances, the Lambada is better danced on bare feet, as you do most of the dancing on your tip toes. You must listen to the music, feel the rhythm filling you, and your body will start moving on its own. Bend your knees a little, as if you were skiing. Find your rhythm, your cadence. Hold on tight to your partner as if to make just one body. Slide one of your knees between his thighs and let yourself go!

At first do not worry about fancy steps, just let your hips move as if changing weight from one foot to the other. Keep on the balls of your feet and twist them as if stubbing a cigarette first one, then the other. Try to keep your upper body steady. This will emphasise the movement of your hips. Do not separate from your partner, do not try to concentrate but instead enjoy the music and the way your body starts moving and feeling!

Remember that the Lambada is a sensual dance: A dance of pleasure and seduction. Forget about correctness of set steps. Enjoy the music, feel it and just have fun!

Basic Lambada Steps

Once you are confident with the basic steps, you can try the more elaborate moves. It is always easier for the girl to follow the boy.

For the advanced steps you can incorporate a third person in the dance. Another man or another woman, it doesn't matter. Lambada is also a social dance. You can dance in groups, make trains and so on, always following the rhythm.

In Europe, the Lambada become a more acrobatic dance with fancy steps and swings. I still prefer the Kaoma style of dancing because it is easier, being smoother and less acrobatic. Also, it is more sensual as the couple's contact is more intimate. But most important, the Kaoma style is more enjoyable.

Over time, other music styles have been adapted to the Lambada. You can see people dancing Soca, Merengue, Zouk and even Salsa to the Lambada steps.

Why dance Lambada?

Apart from being a "hot" dance and the obvious benefit of the cardiovascular workout of dancing, there are other benefits.

  • Any one can do it regardless of age and physical condition.

  • The trick is in adapting the dance to your capabilities.
  • Develops coordination of mind and muscles

  • Encourages correct posture, regardless of your age.

  • Helps to keep you happy and youthful

  • Improves self-confidence.

  • You can even practice it on your own as a routine exercise.

  • Relieves stress.

Does it work as a workout for losing weight?

Dancing burns an awful lot of calories in a very enjoyable way. A woman dancing Lambada for an hour burns between 180 to 360 calories, depending on her body weight and effort in the dance.

In addition, dancing gets your metabolism working, kicking your body into an accelerated rate which allows more calorie burning even after you finished your dancing session.

Other benefits of dancing as a workout are an even firming of your body without too much effort. Also, the exercise is said to help prevent Osteoporosis as it strengthens your bones without over using them. I found that dancing also helps with PMS, not only on the physical level, but on the psychological level too. When you dance a sensual dance, you feel sexy and it makes you feel good with yourself!


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    lambadafan 7 years ago

    You can learn all the names of the Kaoma Band, all the names of the Kaoma dancers, all the names of the Kaoma singers, and watch all of the Kaoma videos at my lambadafan website

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    Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

    Salsa Dancing: lambada is so unique, like salsa it is a sensual dance but more intimate and powerful.

    ferrywar: let's dance!

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    ferrywar 7 years ago

    I like your website, Princessa.

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    Salsa Dancing 8 years ago

    Hi, I'm a salsa dancer, and have heard so many good things about lambada, it's very similar to salsa, but a lot more sensual. The music is more what I would call "evening music" too. Thoroughly enjoyed watching your videos and reading up on your articles.

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    Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

    Wow, I didn't know they did the lambada in Ethiopia!!

    Vlary: Thanks!

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    Vlary 9 years ago

    Good Hub, thank you

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    Behailu 9 years ago



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    Wendy Iturrizaga 10 years ago from France

    Thanks for the comments guys!

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    Zsuzsy Bee 10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

    Fun HUB Princessa.

    regards Zsuzsy

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    Decrescendo 10 years ago

    Wooo time to lose some weight.

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    Wendy Iturrizaga 10 years ago from France

    Topstuff: You are right, Chico (the kid) was so cute and it showed that Lambada was for everybody.

    Fishskinfreak: mmm... maybe you need need to go to a Lambateria (like a Lambada disco) to answer your question based on your own experience. If anything, I am sure you would have fun!

    Prasadjain, thanks for the comment.

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    Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 10 years ago from Tumkur

    I think for this reason you have remained smart all these years!

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    fishskinfreak2008 10 years ago from Fremont CA

    So a lot of people have sex with their partners after doing the Lambada?

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    topstuff 10 years ago

    The kid in first video makes the video funny and lovely.

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    Wendy Iturrizaga 10 years ago from France

    WeddingC. Sure you are right... She is the best Lambada dancer around ;-)

    Funride: slap? mmm... well, then slap me :-)

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    Ricardo Nunes 10 years ago from Portugal

    You´re right Ed :P I also think I saw that beauty before ;)

    Lambada (in Portuguese means slap) it´s probably the sexiest dance (just after cardio striptease lol) a couple can perform together, I love it!

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    WeddingConsultant 10 years ago from DC Metro Area

    I couldn't help but notice that lady in the first picture looks really familiar. Is she famous or something?