Dancing has often been considered a frivolous and even an indecent hobby. Throughout the past decades and centuries, different types of partner dancing have certainly been frowned upon. Yet, at the same time, they have been growing popularity - sometimes, in the shadows, away from public attention.
If you hear the name “forbidden dance”, you might think about lambada. Most people know about the lambada: the music & dance craze that swept over the world at the end of the 1980s, vanishing as quickly as it appeared in the spotlight. Stories from the early days of lambada tell about curvy ‘entertainers’ on the shores of Bahia, Brazil, luring young men to bordellos with sultry dance moves. And if you’ve seen the images of the shirtless lambadeiros (men) and short skirted lambadeiras (women) of Porto Seguro, pressing their sweaty bodies against each other on the beach clubs, you can understand where the idea for the name "forbidden dance" came from.
We’ve come far from those days. Times of lambada sadly passed years ago, but some of the traditions still live today in its modern version, lambazouk. It certainly is still a sensual partner dance, yes. And some of us still travel to the lush beaches of Porto Seguro to have those magical sweaty dances under the palm trees. But the dance has grown long leaps from that. The movement has become more refined, more elegant and more flowing. And the dance has arrived to sleek dance studios and trendy night clubs all around the world. A short flowing miniskirt that leaves little to imagination is a rare sight, making room for the today's loose tops, leggings, jeans and all kinds streetwear.
One thing that hasn’t changed all that much - part of the mystery still prevails. Us lambazoukers do still represent a movement (though a growing one) that is spreading in the shadows, away from public attention. The forbidden dance lives!? We think so - in all its sexy, cool connotations. We represent the less known, the less commercialized, a more unique and a more welcoming 'underground' of the partner dancing scene. Of course, we have no objections for lambazouk to grow, it is indeed a big mission of ours. But why not celebrate it?
And so we did! A couple weeks ago we did a photoshoot celebrating the legacy of “The Forbidden Dance”, taking it all the way to 2016.
What would a forbidden dance look like today? The results of the photoshoot are now starting to come live - stay tuned!!
This photoshoot was done in collaboration with the talented photographer (and an amazing dancer) Kristina Tsvetkova, who was from start to finish actively involved in creating this interesting vision of today's lambazouk. Thank you Kristina!
'The Forbidden Dance 2016' models: Noora Staf & Jaakko Pispala